Community Engagement Awards
Corcoran Center Community Engagement Awards
As Boston College shifts to a virtual community engagement model, the Corcoran Center Community Engagement Awards will help facilitate continued student and faculty engagement with and service to those who have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically communities of color in Boston, including the greater Mattapan Neighborhood. Furthermore, these communities are often on the opposite side of the digital divide from Boston College, hence engagement awards will seek to bridge the gap to allow Boston College to continue to form human connections and serve from a distance.
Full-time and part-time faculty and-full time students are eligible to apply for Corcoran Center Community Engagement Awards. This program is supported by the Boston College Office of the Provost and Dean of Faculties.
Faculty CEAs of up to $2000 will be awarded to faculty who engage in community-based teaching or scholarship remotely during the 2020-2021 academic year in historically marginalized Boston neighborhoods and communities of color. Awards are meant to assist faculty in creating or continuing virtual engagement and to help bridge the digital divide that exists in parts of the Boston community. Strong proposals will be informed by collaboration with a community partner and will engage Boston College students. Awardees are eligible to apply for additional funding through renewal one time during the current academic year.
Faculty Application Process
Faculty apply via a Google Form that details their proposed remote teaching or research activity and any collaborating neighborhood-based organizations. Sprong proposals will demonstrate consideration of community voices and goals and will seek to identify a community-based partner.
Faculty may use the award funds to carry out activities or purchase supplies that facilitate their increased ability to engage virtually with the community for purposes of teaching or scholarship, and will be required to submit a brief video overview of their work at the conclusion of the 2020-2021 academic year which will be publushed on the Corcoran Center Website. Both full and part-time faculty may apply. Funds may not be used for faculty member stipends or salaries.
Undergraduate Student CEAs of up to $1000 will be awarded to students participating in current Boston College sponsored service and engagement programs, or participating in academic practicums or other community-based activities (e.g. 4Boston, Pulse, First Year Service Program, clinical placements, etc.). Awards are made directly to students and are intended to recognize students and to support community based organizations with virtual engagement. Awardees are eligible to apply for additional funding through renewal one time during the current academic year.
Student Application Process
Students apply via a Google Form details their current Boston College sponsored service activity and how support from a Corcoran Center Community Engagement Award will enhance their virtual service and connection with the community. Students selected as awardees will receive a certificate at the completion of their service and will be recognized on the Corcoran Center website.
Students may use the award funds to carry out activities or purchase supplies that facilitate their increased ability to engage virtually with the community through their Boston College organized service program, and will be required to submit a brief video overview of their work at the conclusion of the 2020-2021 academic year, which will be publushed on the Corcoran Center Website. Awarded funds will be disbursed directly to students.
- Applications for Fall 2020 were considered on a rolling basis beginning October 2nd and ending November 20th.
- Applications for Spring 2021 are being considered on a rolling basis beginning in late January and extending until either March 30th, or when all funds have been awarded.
Note to Student Applicants:
- Students should discuss their application and proposed use of funding with their Boston College service program before applying.
Faculty and Student awardees are eligible to apply for additional funding one time during the academic year. Applications are reviewed by a committee of Boston College faculty and administrators .
The Corcoran Center welcomes questions and is available to discuss potential engagement projects with interested faculty or students. The Center works extensively with the greater Boston community and and also assist with identifying community partners.