Five College and Regional Programs

Five College Committee for Community Based Learning (FCCBL)

The Five College Committee for Community Based Learning (FCCBL) was officially established in 2003 to promote and expand CBL throughout the region. The FCCBL also supports Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC) AmeriCorps*VISTA positions.
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Links to community engaged learning programs at all four colleges and the University of Massachusetts can be found on the Five College CBL website. There is also information concerning:Envisioning

  • internships
  • support services for student interns
  • events and trainings
  • community-based learning course offerings, and
  • an archive of community-based research and public scholarship.


Five Colleges, Inc.

  • Nathan Therien – Director of Academic Programs

Amherst College

  • Molly Mead – Director of the Center for Community Engagement

Hampshire College

  • Mary Bombardier – Director of Community Partnerships for Social Change
  • Myrna Breitbart – Director of the Community Engagement & Collaborative Learning (CECL) Network, Professor of Geography and Urban Studies
  • Ivana Staiti, Assistant Director of Community Partnerships for Social Change
  • Ana Lua Fontes, Assistant
  • Karina Fernandez, Educational Outreach Coordinator for the CYL (Critical Studies of Childhood, Youth and Learning) Program

Mount Holyoke College

  • Alan Bloomgarden – Coordinator of Community-Based Learning Program at the Weissman Center for Leadership

Smith College

  • Jennifer L. Walters, Interim Director
  • Tiertza Leah-Schwartz – Director of Voluntary Services

UMass Amherst

  • John Reiff – Director of Civic Engagement & Service Learning
  • Carol Soules – Associate Director of Civic Engagement & Service Learning

Five College Community Partnerships

  • Maria Cartagena, Coordinator

Center for Community Engagement, Amherst College

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is a member of the Five College Committee for Community-based Learning and brings together Amherst College students, faculty, alumni and community partners to create opportunities for students to engage the world around them. The Center designs opportunities that are linked to Amherst College courses and co-curricular opportunities where students learn the skills and knowledge to be effective public problem solvers.

Weissman Center Community-base Learning (Mt. Holyoke)

The Weissman Center’s Community-Based Learning (CBL) program links Mount Holyoke College students with communities through courses, independent studies, internships, research and service projects that combine learning and analysis with action and social change. Students learn about communities and learn to apply ideas, theories, and models to social issues in a practical context while gaining insights from practitioners in communities and in community-based organizations (CBOs).

Center for Community Collaboration (Smith College)

The Center for Community Collaboration helps Smith College students integrate their academic work with community experiences, volunteer service, independent community projects, and Praxis internships.