Community Programs

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Swearer Center Community Programs offer a variety of opportunities for students to engage in public service. Community Program volunteers and Fellows work with other Brown students, local organizations, and residents; learn more about Providence's many unique neighborhoods; and gain practical skills they might not learn in the classroom or lab.

Hear about our community programs from the students who bring them to life in our student blog!

In this work, students come to grapple with complex questions, such as:

  • How can Brown students forge authentic relationships with community partners?
  • What can students bring to collaborative projects that will complement their community partners' skills and capacities?  
  • Where do community impact and undergraduate learning intersect, and where do they diverge?
  • What does an engaged campus look like?

Learn more about the ways our community programs promote community engagement, student learning, and the creation and application of knowledge.