Introduction to the ACES Program

About the ACES Program

Launched in January 2010, the American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) Program developed as a partnership between the American Cultures Center and the Public Service Center ( is external)). This program aims to transform how faculty’s community-engaged scholarship is valued, to enhance learning for students through a combination of teaching and practice, and to create new knowledge that has an impact both in the community and the academy.
Today, ACES courses continue to be developed, providing opportunities for students to participate in collaborative projects with community partners, engage in experiential learning, create meaningful collaborative research environments with partners outside of the university, support reflective engagement on broad social issues and interests, and explore the possibilities and challenges of collaborative scholarship for both community partners and academic communities.
ACES courses work with community organizations building student and faculty research into...environmental justice, prison abolition, Indigenous movements... and social justice.
Gibor Basri, first Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion