Collaborate with Bates
Our work would not be possible without the support of the outstanding local partners who collaborate with our students and faculty. There are many different ways to collaborate with Bates, and we are always looking to make new connections that will benefit your organization and the wider community while advancing student learning. To learn more about ways that you can partner with Bates, please review the list below, and reach out to the appropriate Harward Center staff member.
Community-Engaged Learning Courses
Community-engaged learning (CEL) courses are core to the work of the Harward Center. CEL courses can take a variety of forms, depending on the department and the objectives of the course. For example, Education Department courses at Bates require that students spend at least 30 hours per semester working in local schools or affiliated education programs. For CEL courses in other departments, such as Sociology or Psychology, students spend 2-3 hours a week working with a community organization to gain a greater understanding of the practical elements of the challenges and issues they are exploring in the classroom. In other cases, students work in small groups to do more research-oriented projects. For example, students in our Environmental Studies capstone course spend an entire semester conducting research on behalf of a community partner. Each year, Bates offers more than fifty CEL courses, in more than twenty different disciplines. We have particular strengths in topics including environmental justice and sustainability, criminal justice reform, immigration, racial justice, public health, food systems, senior care, and local history, but we are always seeking new connections and opportunities for collaboration. If you think your organization could benefit from the support of Bates students, we would love to hear from you.
Community-Engaged Research Theses
Much of the best and most valuable work to partners stems from community-engaged research projects. As a requirement for their majors, most seniors at Bates must complete a thesis, and there is always a strong demand for ideas for community-engaged projects in areas including psychology, sociology, politics, and environmental studies. Whether you have data that you need analyzed, an education program to design, or a research question you do not have the time to answer, we would love to connect with you and see if we can identify a research student to support your work.
Contact: Sam Boss
Students who are committed to learning the ins and outs of a field or who are dedicated to a particular cause or issue can contribute in a variety of ways as volunteers. The most rewarding and lasting volunteer partnerships develop when students are involved in meaningful work that aligns with their interests while also serving the needs of an organization. For example, a recent graduate volunteered to organize and serve a brunch to seniors at Blake Street Towers for his four years at Bates, after connecting with the community through a class. Other students work with the Androscoggin Gleaners to help harvest crops in September and October. Some students commit to long-term volunteer projects, while others participate in one or more short-term or one-time projects. Most students volunteer in one capacity or another during their time at Bates, whether individually, with a few friends, or as part of a club or team.
Contact: Martha Deschaines
Community Work Study
The community work-study program allows students who qualify for work-study funding to work with local non-profit agencies for up to 10 hours per week and be paid through Bates payroll. Students apply for positions at local organizations that are listed through the Harward Center, or they can work with the organization staff to propose an idea for a position. Compensation is at a rate of $11.25/hour (Fall 2019). Host agencies must agree to reimburse Bates College for 25% of the student’s total earnings. Students may also work as literacy or math tutors in the local schools through the AMERICA READS/AMERICA COUNTS program.
Contact: Martha Deschaines
Short-Term Action Research Team (STA/RT)
During our short-term semester in April and May, the Harward Center works closely with a small group of students who spend twenty hours per week working to meet the research or programming needs of a community partner. For example, students might analyze data that has been collected, develop a curriculum for an enrichment program, or help put together an event.
Contact: Darby Ray
Summer Civic Fellowships
The Harward Center is pleased to be able to sponsor several students for paid (usually full-time) summer work in local nonprofit organizations. This program is highly competitive, so we encourage interested students and/or interested community partners to express their interest early in the new year since successful applications require both a highly motivated Bates student and an enthusiastic community partner.
Contact: Martha Deschaines
Special Events and Convening
If you are looking to convene statewide partners around a particular issue, we would love to engage with you and see if we can help bring together scholars, students, and community organizations for a discussion.
Contact: Margaret Rotundo.