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Community Research Program

About the Community Research Program:

CRP is a two-semester program that offers leadership, research, and public policy training for students interested in working with Latino, Asian American, Native American, and/or African and African Diaspora communities in Massachusetts. In the Fall, students will participate in a seminar to study the process of community-based research and its methodologies, and begin to design a research proposal for an independent study with a faculty advisor for the Spring semester research project. The seminar will also include a Lecture Series where academic researchers and community professionals will discuss their current work and experiences on issues related to the four research-interest communities.

Fill out the form "Community Research Program (CRP) Application 2015-2016"

(Please create a MyBC account to access and complete the application)

The Faculty Partner Program (FPP) is an opportunity for faculty members from all disciplines to develop a strong, beneficial relationship with both the program and the undergraduate students who participate each year. There are many ways in which faculty can partner with the CRP:

 .       As a guest speaker in either the Fall or Spring semester seminar

.       As a faculty advisor during Spring semester

.       As a consultant (complementing the faculty advisor) to discuss with students their research ideas and projects either in the Fall or Spring semester; and/or

.       As a consultant with CRP staff in contributing to the development and marketing of the program.

Joining the FPP will not only allow faculty to develop strong, mentor relationships with undergraduate students but also engage them in meaningful, community-based research projects. Participating as a faculty partner can offer the following benefits:

.       Increase faculty awareness of issues affecting communities of color

.       Inform faculty scholarship and teaching methods

.       Further understanding on the challenges and rewards of community-based research

.       Improve the quality of faculty-student advising

.       Develop a mentoring relationship with an undergraduate student

.       Increase the diversity of faculty-student relationships across disciplines.


If you would like to become involved with CRP as a faculty partner, please contact:


Andy Petigny,

Associate Director


Program Highlights

  • Latino, Asian American, Native American, African & African Diaspora tracks

  • Year-long research seminar, including research methods

  • Opportunity to conduct independent research under faculty guidance

  • Small classroom environment, personal support & guidance

  • Opportunity to present in public forums


  • 7 academic credits (may fulfill requirements for the Asian American studies concentration,  African and African Diaspora studies program or Sociology)
  • Designed for cultural diversity credit



Program Components


Students are required to complete all aspects of the program to receive a Certificate of Completion and course credit, which include:

  • Community Research Seminar

This year-long seminar takes place in two stages: In the first semester, students will study quantitative and qualitative research methods and develop a proposal for a research project on issues affecting the Latino, Asian American, Native American, and African/African Diaspora communities in Massachusetts. Students will 1) select a topic of interest, 2) conduct a literature review, and 3) identify the purpose and research method for a research project. The seminar will also include a Lecture Series where researchers, professors, and community leaders will talk about their current work and experiences on issues related to the four research-interest communities. Students will receive 3 credits upon completion of this part of the seminar.

During the second semester, under the guidance of a faculty supervisor of each student’s choice, students will conduct their research projects on an issue affecting the Latino, Asian American, and African/African Diaspora and Native American communities. Students will also attend a once per week 75 minute methodological seminar. Students will receive a total of 4 credits for Spring semester upon completion of their research project.


  • Presentation of Research at Public Forum or Conference

Students may have the opportunity to attend a conference and present their research and work in a public forum. This opportunity usually takes place during the summer after the program but may also include other opportunities for students to present their work.

Eligibility Requirements


The program welcomes applications from students who meet the following criteria:


  • Current undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors 

  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average

  • Interests in leadership development, community involvement and scholarship



To Apply


Interested applicants should submit the following materials:


  • A completed application (application link above)

  • A current resume

  • A current unofficial transcript


If you have any questions about the Community Research Program please contact Tiffany House at