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Our Projects: Exemplars

Many of our partners ask "What does a good community-based learning or research project look like?"  The answer is complex, but ultimately we support projects that are reciprocal, ethical, meaningful and planned in accordance with the vision of a collaborative community partnership.

Bethany Christian Services- LEhigh Refugee Resettlement Program

Since 2010, Lehigh's Global Citizenship Program and the Director of the Center For Community Engagement, Dr. Sarah Stanlick, have worked with Marla Sell, Site Director, of Bethany Christian Services Refugee Resettlement Program.  Through a variety of service-learning and community-based learning initiatives, we have partnered on cultural exchange activities, workshops to help with integration and support for refugee families, and storytelling efforts to engage the wider community in welcoming our new neighbors.  An example of that effort can be seen in this short documentary, a Senior GC Capstone Project, called "Starting Over: The Stories of the Refugees in the Lehigh Valley", as well as internships and project-based learning currently in progress.  Want to learn more?  Check out this short write-up on current initiatives on Globalsl.org.

Community-Engaged Health Research Fellows

In Spring 2017, we welcomed our first cohort of CEnHR Fellows.  Through the Community-Engaged Health Research Fellowship program we aim to significantly enhance the capacity of Lehigh faculty to conduct research that involves direct, reciprocal community engagement in the realm of health and to offer high quality service-learning experiences for students. The program is open to all members of the faculty.  For each faculty Fellow who receives an award, the program supports : conduct of community-engaged health research, offering of service learning experiences for students under the Fellow's leadership, and development of the Fellow's capacity to undertake future community-engaged research and service learning projects and to serve as an advisor and mentor to colleagues.

South Side Stories/Bethlehem Unbound

As part of the Mountaintop Initiative, Bethlehem Unbound/South Side Stories emerged as a high-quality digital storytelling initiative that captured stories and history of the South Side residents and merchants.  Check out their YouTube Channel to hear first-hand the stories of our community.

Strohl Grant: Independent Research

Since 2011, the Strohl Grant program has provided funding for community-engaged independent research from humanities and social science majors.  From Art, Architecture, and Design to Sociology, students have taken this funding and created wonderful opportunities for community engagement.  For more information on that program, click here.


Interested in planning a community-engaged learning/service/research Experience?  Contact US!


Sarah Stanlick, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Community Engagement
Professor of Practice, Sociology and Anthropology
Lehigh University
Williams Hall 020
Bethlehem, PA 18015-3181
Phone: 610-758-1081
inengage@lehigh.edu