Community Engaged Scholars Network (CESN)

A group of faculty and staff brainstorms at a CESN gathering

The Community Engaged Scholars Network (CESN) serves faculty, researchers, and teaching staff that are committed to campus-community partnerships, community-based research, service-learning, and other forms of public scholarship and engagement. The network will serve as a forum for information sharing regarding funding opportunities, colleague and community collaboration, recognition events, conference RFPs, and other pertinent items for members of the UWM community who play a key role in helping the institution fulfill its civic mission. The CESN will provide electronic and face-to-face information to its members.

This initiative is co-sponsored by the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research, the Urban Studies Programs, and the Cultures and Communities Certificate at UWM.

Join the CESN!
Civic Engagement Reporting Form


Electronic Information

The CESN Listserv is operated by the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research. Announcements will be sent monthly to the list from information collected by the Center from on- and off-campus partners. Those on the list will be sent the following types of information:

  • Calls for proposals and conference announcements
  • Funding opportunity announcements
  • UWM events aimed at connecting members with other members of the network
  • Networking events that will be held for members each semester
  • Community agency requests when a specific need arises
  • UWM assessment data related to civic engagement and public scholarship

Face-to-Face Gatherings

Each semester members of the CESN will be invited to a networking or outreach event where they can:

  • Meet fellow faculty from other academic departments who are working on similar community issues and research
  • Meet non-profit partners who are engaged in issues which members of the CESN are interested
  • Engage in faculty reading groups that focus on foundational texts and new, innovative work and research in the public scholarship arena
  • Learn about emerging trends and scholarship in the field

Resources for Engaged Scholars

Upcoming Events

2015 Summer Institute - Join over 100 UWM faculty, staff and Milwaukee non-profit leaders for a discussion about future joint projects and collaborations aimed at the public good. (Click here for flyer)

Monday, June 1st from 8:30am to 2:30pm in the Kenilworth Building at 1915 E. Kenilworth Ave   

Questions and RSVP to

2016 Civic Engagment & Leadership Awards
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 5:30pm-7:30pm in the Zelazo Center.  To nominate a student, staff or community partner  for their outstanding work in the community Fill out the form now!