University-Community Academic Advising Program

An initiative of the Swearer Center for Public Service, UCAAP (University Community Academic Advising Program) has been designed for students who want community service and social change work to be a central part of their Brown experience.  UCAAP brings together a lively and engaged cohort of students together with advisors who will challenge and support their exploration of academic learning and effective community engagement. 

There are no community service requirements for UCAAP; each participant chooses how much time they want to devote to work in the community. However, UCAAP does require all participants to:

  1. Participate in a UCAAP opening event that will take place during Orientation.
  2. Enroll in a for-credit First Year Seminar or other course in the fall semester (chosen from a list of recommended courses that we will provide).  Students may petition to have other academic classes satisfy this requirement.
  3. Attend at least three UCAAP events each semester (a menu of opportunities will be publicized throughout the year).  Some of these events will be UCAAP-specific; others will be open to the entire Brown community.
  4. Write a reflective essay in the spring semester about how your Brown experience, curricular and co-curricular, is preparing you for greater involvement in the community and the world. The essay will be shared with your academic advisor.

All first-year students are welcome to apply.  The program is especially suited for students who have had prior community service/social justice experience, or those whose idealism and desire to “change the world” will guide their college education and life after Brown. The ideal UCAAP participant is eager and prepared to grapple with complex ideas about social change, and brings humility, respect and an open mind to the task.

More information about UCAAP, including access to on-line application can be found on the Swearer Center for Public Service web site.