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."

History

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.

Fall 2019

  • ASAMST W20AC, Islamophobia and Constructing Otherness, Hatem Ahmad Bazian
  • ASAMST 128AC, Hatem Ahmad Bazian
  • Chicano 180AC, Topics in Chicano Studies, Jesus Vicente Barraza 
  • College Writing 75AC, Patricia Steenland
  • Education 190AC, Critical Studies in Education, Glynda A. Hull
  • Ethnic Studies 19AC, Victoria Ellen Robinson
  • Geography 50AC, Seth Lunine

Spring 2020 Courses

  • College Writing 50AC 001, Researching Water in the West: Its Presence, Its Absence, and Its Consequences for the People of Ca, Patricia Steenland
  • College Writing 150AC 001, Researching Water in the West: Its Presence, Its Absence, and its Consequences for the People of Ca, Patricia Steenland
  • Education 190AC, Critical Studies in Education, Glynda A. Hull
  • Engineering 157AC, Engineering, The Environment, and Society, Khalid Kadir 
  • Ethnic Studies 21AC, A Comparative Survey of Racial and Ethnic Groups in the U.S, Victoria Robinson

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