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Community-Based Research Scholars

CBL students at service day activity

AU Statement of Common Purpose

"Its commitment to social justice, its ability to respond to the needs of a changing world while retaining its core values, and its capacity to turn to educational advantage the resources of the nation's capital are hallmarks of the institution."


About the CBRS Program

The Community-Based Research Scholars (CBRS) program is a selective, two-year living-learning community that emphasizes responsible and meaningful service learning through community-based research opportunities.  

Housed in Hughes Hall, the CBRS program is an intensive, living-learning community for scholars who learn how to conduct research to inform community solutions for pressing social problems. CBR Scholars will have a network of students, faculty, and community partners to help identify avenues to effect social change. CBR Scholars will be trained in research methods, research ethics, and issues relevant to the participating nonprofit's area of focus.

In the Fall semester, students will enroll in one of four foundational community-based learning courses taught by some of AU's best faculty.

In Spring, under the guidance of a faculty team, students will practice, re-examine, and deepen their classroom learning of community-based research through a large-scale project that will be co-designed with a major community partner.

Currently, the CBRS Program extends invitations to incoming freshmen with demonstrated interest in community service, social justice, and research. If you are interested in getting more information, please email: cbrs@american.edu