In partnership with the American Cultures Center, the Public Service Center supports American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES). ACES courses fulfill the AC graduation requirement and include a community-engaged learning component. These courses enable students to contribute to a community project or organization while deepening their course learning. By participating in an ACES course, you will explore how to apply your academic endeavors with your commitment to social justice and civic responsibility. In addition, you can become an ACES Chancellor’s Public Fellow; Fellows are undergraduate and graduate students who support ACES faculty by assisting with community partnership development, course design, and managing logistics for community-engaged projects. The Public Service Center also supports faculty who are interested in teaching an ACES course.
Faculty speaking on a panel during the ACES Symposium, 2012
Applications for faculty who want to teach American Cultures Engaged Scholarship courses will be available on the ACES website in August each year. Student fellows are usually recommended by faculty in their proposals.
Please check the ACES website for the online application.
For more information, please contact the Public Service Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACES student from Music 74-139AC learning to produce original music with community partner RYSE.
“Once I learned that I could connect my teaching, my students, to real world situations, I just wanted to keep doing that…”
Greg Niemeyer, Art Practice, ACES faculty
Greg taught his first ACES course in 2011. An Art Practice course that engaged students in thinking about their digital footprint and complex questions around ownership of information, privacy, and social connections as well as inequalities in technology distribution, the course also offered students an opportunity to work with the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) in Oakland. Through the partnership that Greg developed with EBALDC staff, students supported mono-lingual Chinese-speaking residents in low-income housing in developing their computer literacy. In addition, Greg worked with graduate students during that semester to develop a computer game specifically for the EBALDC residents to gain familiarity with the traditional western alphabet keyboard. Greg has since continued to teach multiple ACES courses, including a hybrid online/in person course.