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UTEP’s Community of Engaged Scholars (CES) is made up of faculty members and community leaders who are actively involved with the scholarship of engagement, which includes teaching, research, and/or service activities. Housed within UTEP’s Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), the CES offers a networking base that helps connect faculty and students with community partners to conduct enhanced student learning and research activities aimed at serving the Paso Del Norte region. The CES initiative is led by Azuri Gonzalez, Dr. Mark Lusk, and Dr. Elena Izquierdo.


CES members aspire to foster stronger, more socially magnanimous relationships among faculty, students, and community partners in a supportive community-enhancing environment.


  1. Capacity Building
  2. Community Engaged Scholarship
  3. Community Engagement
  4. Community Partnership
  5. Service Learning


Associate Professor
Education - Educational Psychology and Special Services
Community Engaged Scholarship, Community Engagement, Service Learning, Counseling, Education, Career and College Readiness, Crisis
Featured: Awards

Liberal Arts - Political Science
Community Engaged Scholarship, Community Engagement, Service learning, Civic Engagement, Capacity-building, Nonprofits, Community Partnerships

Slack, Jeremy
Associate Professor
Liberal Arts - Sociology and Anthropology
Research Methodology, borders, migration, Mexico, illegalized drugs, state theory, political geography, cultural geography, violence
Featured: Awards

Associate Professor
Liberal Arts - English
community writing, workplace writing, bilingual workplace communication, language attitudes, mentoring Latinas/os in education, community engagement
Featured: Awards

Bach, Amy
Assistant Professor
Education - Teacher Education
Anthropology of education, Transfronterizxs and schooling, Visual and multimodal literacy, Public school closures, Youth/community media, Media literacy, Adult literacy
Featured: Awards

Related Efforts

Philosophy for Children in the Mexico-US Borderlands

Hosted by the UTEP Department of Philosophy, this is an initiative dedicated to promoting philosophical dialogue for children and youth in the El Paso area. Our program involves collaboration between local teachers, UTEP students and professors, as well as several dedicated community partners.

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETaL) -- Sun Conference
Contact: Larry Lesser

This year's conference includes a section on connecting education and civic engagement, educational partnerships that cross national boundaries, and instructional methods that are adaptive and/or less bound by books or buildings.

Related Communities

CUE- Community University Engagement
UTEP Resource
Related Effort: Community of Engaged Scholars
Azuri Gonzalez

Visit the CUE to view community partnering agencies and to identify community needs to address. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to partner with community organizations to help identify needs and the volunteers to help meet them.

Community organizations may individually manage their agency profiles.
CUE system also assists with an internal tool to manage service-learning courses, placements and the tracking of hours.

Center Against Family Violence
Related Effort: Community of Engaged Scholars

Domestic violence and sexual assault cross many arenas. Political science issues include public policy, federal and state legislation about victims’ rights, immigration issues related to persons escaping violence. Other areas of interest include public health, social work, counseling, media, business, etc. We are always interested in partnering with UTEP faculty, staff and students.
Contact: Stephanie Karr (Executive Director), email: skarr@cafv.org

Engaged Scholarship Consortium Resources
Azuri Gonzalez

The Engaged Scholarship Consortium Resources tabs includes journals and calls for manuscripts, books, instruments and other tools useful for the development and dissemination of engaged scholarship.

UTEP Center for Civic Engagement

The CCE fulfills its mission through a number of collaborations, partnerships, and programs. Our programs are designed to engage students and faculty with the community in hands-on, learning experiences that serve community needs.


I3 Move Communities provide a way to share expertise, resources, and community information to the general public. There are numerous tools available, both open source and proprietary, for engaging in dialog and sharing information and knowledge within a closed group.

This community engages in dialog as follows: