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Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Office of Engaged Scholarship Welcome

Chair John Krinsky presenting with his community partner, Kendall Jackson, organizer, Picture the Homeless.


What we do… 
We are here to help CCNY faculty and partnering community-based organizations explore a variety of pathways to leverage academic expertise for the public good.

Whether you would like to broaden the audience for your research, connect with community partners for collaborative projects, design a service-learning course, or just infuse your class with more of what the city has to offer, this office can provide technical expertise and opportunities to take advantage of select resources. 

Participant at the 2012 NYMAPS symposiumWho we are… 
Dedicated faculty members from across the social sciences, at all levels of experience in these pedagogies and practices, have been selected to think through ways to embed this work responsibly into the careers of interested faculty. This committee is charged with:
    1.    Assisting in the spread of engaged scholarship across the CCNY campus.
    2.    providing guidance at writing and research workshops,
    3.    supporting and recruiting the efforts of faculty who are new to engaged scholarship, and sustain previous efforts, and
    4.    helping achieve a broader relationship between engaged scholarship and broader academic life of the Colin Powell School.

Get Involved…
If you are a social-science faculty member and have ideas or questions about where your academic work falls in the scope of this initiative, please feel free to speak with a listed representative from your department, or a committee staff member. 


City as Text© (CAT): Use of site-based experiential inquiry to formulate and understanding of place and issues

Light Experiential Activities: Manageable, entry-level involvement with community members and/or community-based organizations 

Service-Learning (S-L): "Course-based, credit-bearing educational experience that allows students to (a) participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and (b) reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility" (Bringle & Hatcher, 1995, p. 112). 

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR): A collaborative enterprise between academic researchers (professors and students) and community members, that validates multiple sources of knowledge and promotes the use of multiple methods of discovery and dissemination of knowledge produced. CBPR has an explicit goal of social change.

The Colin Powell School's Public Scholarship Initiative: Writing, speaking, or mobilizing research and academic expertise in accessible ways, for public good.

Colin Powell Public Scholar Terri Watson, a faculty member in the CCNY School of Education, moderates an educational town hall forum, What's Next for New York City's Children, with panelists, including David Bloomfield (left) and L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy, of the Colin Powell School Sociology Department.

Genéa Stewart
Director, Office of Engaged Scholarship
Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership
The City College of New York
160 Convent Ave., NAC 4/146C
New York, NY 10031
Phone: (212) 650-6335
Fax: (212) 650-8535


The Engaged Scholarship Committee Members (2013–2014)

Katherine Chen, Sociology 

Calvert Jones, Political Science 

John Krinsky, Political Science 
(Committee Chair) 

Glen Milstein, Psychology 

Griselda Rodriguez, International Affairs 

Genéa Stewart, Director of the Office of Engaged Scholarship 
(Committee Co-Chair)

 Yan Zhao, Economics 

Cross-Campus Faculty & Staff (Guests) 

Susanna Schaller, Center for Worker Education

Esther Yang, J Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City


Since 2005, our staff members have formally supported the development and expansion of community-campus partnerships, reaching over 70 faculty members from a variety of departments and programs across the City College campus. The Engaged Scholarship program began by helping faculty members design service-learning courses, and has since expanded to include community-based participatory research and public scholarship activities. In 2013, with the inauguration of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, a committee comprising faculty members from the social sciences formed with the purpose of further expanding engaged-scholarship efforts and faculty involvement across campus. 


The NYMAPS Collaborative, formerly known as the New York Metro Area Partnership for Service-Learning, is a network of colleges, universities and community-based organizations dedicated to realizing the civic mission of higher education and to advancing service-learning, community-based participatory research, and public scholarship, with the ultimate goal of social change.

NYMAPS is led and supported by the Office of Engaged Scholarship at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York.  For more information, please visit our website,

Participants at the 2012 NYMAPS Symposium1. May 2, 2014 6
The 6th Annual NYMAPS Symposium:

2014 NYMAPS Symposium Logo1

2. June 12 and 19, 2014: 

The 2nd Annual Community Partner Fellowship (Summer Institute)

Thank you for visiting, and please check back soon for more opportunities and up-to-date details.