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Students Learning Locally

We advance the educational objectives of the university by encouraging engagement between students and the local region.
A student and a community partner looking over paperwork together.

Field School

Our summer field school allows students to remain in the region over the summer to work with community organizations on research projects in a variety of sectors. The work these students do furthers their education and gives them real-world experience, while simultaneously providing community partners with beneficial services to strengthen the region. READ MORE

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The VITA program trains students to assist others with the filing of personal income tax returns. Students then put their training to work assisting local low-income families with the filing of their tax returns. READ MORE

Finding Money for Social Change

Successful nonprofits have one thing in common: talented people with the skills to secure funding. We offer a course to juniors and seniors to learn how to search for and identify potential funding sources, plan a program and develop a budget, and prepare a customized proposal with a local community-based organization. READ MORE

Community-Based Class Projects

We support engagement in the community within the framework of an academic course in a variety of ways. This engagement, often referred to as service learning, gives our faculty and students a new strategy for teaching and learning. READ MORE

Consumer Bankruptcy Law Project

Students can gain legal experience as undergraduates by working with individuals facing significant debt from the loss of job, medical costs, or the actions of an abusive ex-spouse. Students assist low-income clients with the compilation of their initial Chapter 7 bankruptcy paperwork. READ MORE

Konosioni Senior Honor Society

Each year, the members of the Konosioni Senior Honor Society elect the members of the upcoming Konosioni class. The group is dedicated to outstanding leadership, service to the community, and the preservation of tradition. Money raised by the group is used to advance Colgate and Hamilton in each of these arenas. READ MORE