Explore the CEIH Initiative, Funded by the Mellon Foundation

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For Faculty

Learn more about community-engaged intensive and explore other resources.

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For Community Partners

Explore avenues for partnership in a community-engaged intensive.

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For Students

Hear about other students’ experiences and explore how you might suggest ideas for an intensive or create your own community-engaged project.



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Transformative Partnerships and Our Shared Futures: Campus-Community Learning Ecologies

The initiative for Community-Engaged Intensives in the Humanities (CEIH), funded by the Mellon Foundation, aims to foster and support the development of intensives that cultivate long-lasting, equitable collaborations between our campus and people and organizations in the city of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, and the Hudson Valley. (The “Humanities” includes arts, languages, humanistic social sciences, and multidisciplinary collaborations.) Community-Engaged Intensives in the Humanities are envisioned as innovative learning opportunities that will complement more traditional courses by extending the humanities beyond the classroom into faculty-mentored experiences that require a high level of student agency and independence. Instructors are invited to develop Intensives to fit their own areas of expertise, to respond to student interests and project proposals, and to address specific community needs and opportunities.

  • Criminal Justice | Public Health | Enviroment, Farming, Sustainability

  • Social Justice | Urban Planning | Civic Engagement

  • Public Art | Grantsmanship, Fundraising, Non-Profits

  • Education/Literacy | Immigration and Forced Displacement

Our Team

Elizabeth Cannon

she/her Director, Office of Community-Engaged Learning
Photo credit: Elizabeth Cannon

William Hoynes

he/him Dean of the Faculty, Co-PI for the Community-Engaged Intensives in the Humanities
Photo credit: Karl Rabe

Jean Hinkley

she/her Assistant Director, Office of Community-Engaged Learning
Photo credit: Mark Cohen

Zoë Markwalter

she/her/they Research and Program Associate Community-Engaged Learning Intensives in the Humanities
Photo Credit: Amanda Goodman


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