The Community Engagement and Leadership in Science (CELS) Academic Year Program aims to strengthen pathways into math and science education for students who are from backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in STEM majors and careers (African-American, Latino/a, and Native American) while preparing Lewis & Clark College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) student’s to pursue careers as future educators in a diverse and changing society.
The CELS Academic Year Program matches Community Educator Teams, comprised of 3 Community Educators and 1 Community Educator Leader, with 10-20 high school students from one of our five partner schools. Community Educator Teams meet with high school students at each school site once a week between September and May to engage in a student-led community-based science project. Under the guidance of Community Educator Teams, high school student groups work together to: 1) Identify a problem or issue facing their school or community; 2) Use an inquiry approach to develop and implement an action plan to investigate the issue using the scientific method and quantitative reasoning skills; 3) Communicate these findings with the public.
In addition to engaging in community-based science projects, high school CELS scholars receive college admission, readiness, and assessment guidance from school counseling graduate students from Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling. High school students are also invited to Lewis & Clark’s campus to present their research at the CELS Spring Symposium and apply for a position to work in a faculty research lab as a paid CELS Summer Intern.