The Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI) connects students' academic work with their interest in and concern for the communities around the University. Working with local nonprofits, students develop research projects, collect and analyze data, and share their results and conclusions, not just with their professors, but also with organizations and agencies that can make use of the information. Working with CBLI, students can do community-based research in courses, as a summer research internship, and as part of their junior paper or senior thesis.
Although I love Princeton, I wish I had done more "outside the bubble". Through CBLI, I have learned more about New Jersey and local communities than I have during my past three years here! I am so grateful to those at the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and CBLI for helping me see the worlds that exist beyond the gates and how much we can accomplish by just stepping outside of them! ~ Hema Lochan ’16, Derian/CBLI summer intern 2015
"I felt that I was able to live what I was learning. The theoretical frameworks were no longer mere abstract concepts but an actual reality." ~ SOC 227 student
CBLI Open House on Friday 12/9 from 2-4pm
Want to make a difference? A REAL difference? Like solving critical community issues or effecting social change through your academic work? If so, then come talk to us! We encourage students of all class years and academic interests to stop by and chat with CBLI staff and student members of the CBLI Advisory Board. We can tell you everything you want to know about our spring 2017 courses, summer internships, and independent work projects. Seasonal refreshments will be served.
- Learn about Spring 2017 CBLI courses
- Congratulations to this year's Dean Hank Dobin Prize in Community-Based Independent Work awardees! See the winning theses and their short reports here.
- Service and Civic Engagement Faculty Forum video is now up on Media Central: Many Princeton faculty have successfully incorporated a dimension of service and civic engagement into their teaching, most often with the support of CBLI. If you’re intrigued by the possibility of extending your teaching into this energizing dimension, watch the 2/4/16 discussion chaired by Dean of the College Jill Dolan. Faculty participants: Sandra Bermann (Comparative Literature), João Biehl (Anthropology), Melissa Lane (Politics), and Stephen W. Pacala (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology).
From your first semester at Princeton, through your senior thesis, your academic research can provide practical benefits for community organizations. Meanwhile, by working with them you will learn about the context of social issues from experts in the field and from people who are living the experience.
Independent Community-Based Research (JP or Senior Thesis)