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Cornell in Washington is partnering with Washington, DC's 11 Street Bridge Park project for community and engagement classes in the nation's Capital. Are you looking for an urban semester, making a difference in the lives of city residents? This course is for you!

The 11th Street Bridge park will be Washington, DC's first elevated public park and it will radically shift the geopolitics of the city by promoting a public private collaboration that ensures its most vulnerable residents can stay and thrive in place. It will offer a new venue for healthy recreation; environmental education and the arts.

ALS 4200 Immersion and Engagement in DC

In this dynamic, community engaged course, Cornell in Washington program participants will explore and deepen their understanding of their experiences living and working in D.C. The course grounds students’ knowledge in critical social theory, place -based learning theory, and reflective practice, providing them a foundation from which to engage with D.C. and their peers. Further, with a classroom focus on integrative, experiential, and peer learning, students will build on their individual disciplinary knowledge with each other’s areas of expertise and experiences to develop an understanding and appreciation of the cross-linkages between them. Students will also use the course to engage in critical reflection of what it means to engage with D.C. and to contextualize their experiences. The course consists of weekly class meetings, discussions, guest speakers, and field engagement activities that further connect students to D.C. This course can be expanded to 4 credits with enrollment in ALS4100 Community Based Research.

ALS 4100 Community-Based Research in DC

In this dynamic, community-based research course, Cornell in Washington program participants will design, implement, evaluate, and reflect on a semester-long community engaged research and service-learning project with an established community partner. Students will receive training and grounding in community-based research theory and practice as well as reflective learning skills. Early in the semester, students will choose from a few optional projects that they will then further co-develop with the community partner, creating clearly defined project deliverables that they will carry out through the semester. The course will meet weekly for seminar instruction to ground students’ work, and then students will develop their research products and timelines, committing to 50 hours of work with the community partner.