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Arcadia University Graduate Civic Scholars

Arcadia’s Graduate Civic Scholars program offers a community, a training ground, and an incubator for graduate students in any program who are passionate about supporting strong social safety nets. Alongside their academic programs, Arcadia Graduate Civic Scholars are trained in Leadership Through A JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) Lens and have the opportunity to participate in discussions, networking events, and hands-on community work. 

Arcadia Graduate START (Students Taking Active Responsibility Together) Orientation will be offered a few times yearly to orient Graduate Civic Scholars to the program. Students in any stage of the program are welcome to attend and build community around their interest in connecting their academic work to civic and community engagement.

Specialized Orientation

Arcadia Graduate START (Students Taking Active Responsibility Together) Orientation will be offered a few times yearly to orient Graduate Civic Scholars to the program. Students in any stage of the program are welcome to attend and build community around their interest in connecting their academic work to civic and community engagement.

Through specialized training, the Graduate Civic Scholars will learn to lead through a JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) lens.

JEDI Training

Through specialized training, the Graduate Civic Scholars will learn to lead through a JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) lens.

Each fall, Graduate Civic Scholars will be invited to an exclusive networking event themed around “Leading through a JEDI lens.”  Faculty members, internship site supervisors, select area employers, and partners from the Bucks Mont Collaborative will also be invited to hear a keynote speaker and share in the discussion and networking opportunity to follow.

Specialized Networking

Each fall, Graduate Civic Scholars will be invited to an exclusive networking event themed around “Leading through a JEDI lens.”  Faculty members, internship site supervisors, select area employers, and partners from the Bucks Mont Collaborative will also be invited to hear a keynote speaker and share in the discussion and networking opportunity to follow.

Graduate students throughout Arcadia University will have the opportunity to come together to discuss social issues and unite through various events.  Networking with peers from all areas of study within the university can broaden views on approaches to change and enhance the social experience of graduate school.

Community of Graduate Peers Across Academic Disciplines

Graduate students throughout Arcadia University will have the opportunity to come together to discuss social issues and unite through various events.  Networking with peers from all areas of study within the university can broaden views on approaches to change and enhance the social experience of graduate school.

During one semester or summer, some Graduate Civic Scholars engage in internships or volunteer placements for 140-200 hours with a nonprofit organization geared toward strengthening the social safety net in our local community.  Through generous funding from the HealthSpark Foundation, modest stipends are available for a limited number of Graduate Civic Scholars and their program placement sites.

Internships for Social Impact

During one semester or summer, some Graduate Civic Scholars engage in internships or volunteer placements for 140-200 hours with a nonprofit organization geared toward strengthening the social safety net in our local community.  Through generous funding from the HealthSpark Foundation, modest stipends are available for a limited number of Graduate Civic Scholars and their program placement sites.

Admission and Application

Students applying to the program should complete the Google Form, which includes the submission of a 300-500 word essay in response to the following: What piqued your interest in community engagement and why are you interested in being an Arcadia University Graduate Civic Scholar?

For More Information

Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant
Executive Director, Division of Civic and Global Engagement
Blankley Hall
lalondwyanta@arcadia.edu