American Cultures Engaged Scholarship

"ACES is critical in bridging classroom and community."

"This is the most supportive teaching environment I've ever been in"

"This past year [ACES] courses...worked with community organizations building student and faculty research into the developing fights for Environmental Justice, Prison Abolition, Indigenous movements, the fight for K-12 Education, and the Arts and Social Justice."


The American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) Program began as a partnership between the AC Center and the Public Service Center in January 2010 to bring together the goals of the AC curriculum and community-based learning, supporting and deepening both.  Generously supported by the Haas Jr. Fund, the initial charge was to create 30 new or revised AC courses with a community-engaged component, with a larger goal of shifting the values and culture around teaching and research on campus.

ACES Courses

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. 
To see examples of projects that students have developed in ACES courses with community partners, please visit ACES Student Community Projects.

Spring 2019 Courses

Developing an ACES Course

The ACES Program provides support for faculty to incorporate community-based learning into new or revised AC courses.  If you are a faculty member interested in developing or continuing an ACES course, please visit our grants page.

Promotional Video for American Cultures Engaged Scholarship Program