Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement

Welcome to the Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement!

The Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement (CSCE), under the Academic Affairs Division, encourages student learning through academic programming outside of the classroom.  Expert speakers, cultural events and celebrations, conferences and more, allow students to interact with presenters to create a dynamic, reciprocal learning environment.  These opportunities develop critical thinking skills, public speaking participation, strengthen character, challenge the intellect, and address issues that are relevant in our world today. 

District-wide Programs

Auteur Film Series

The Auteur Film Series focuses on classic, foreign, and independent films based on a specific theme. Screenings are presented with brief educational introductions prior to, and panel discussions follow.  The theme for the 2018-19 Auteur Film Series is "Mavericks and Misfits: Outsiders in Cinema".  Click here for more information on selected films and schedule:

Book In Common logoThe Book-In-Common committee is proud to introduce it's selection for the 2018-19 year:  Death In the Air: The true story of a serial killer, the great London smog, and the strangling of a city.  Author Kate Winkler Dawson will present her book Spring 2019.  For the schedule of events and information:

Constitution Day
Since 2005 Constitution Day or Citizenship Day has been a U.S. holiday annually celebrated on September 17. The original Constitution was signed back in 1787 by the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention.   Each September, Collin celebrates Constitution Day with a variety of events including speakers, fun-fact activities and audience participation opportunities to test knowledge about our Constitution.  You can find more information and the schedule of events at:

The Dignity Initiative           Dignity Initiative logo          

The Dignity Initiative envisions a future in which women are treated with respect and honored as valuable members of cultures around the world. Each semester, this district-wide multi-year effort educates the campus community about one of five specific elements of gender violence: Aggressor Roles / Responsibility, Objectification of Women, Sex Trafficking, Gender Violence, and Global Impact of Oppression, and strives to empower community members with specific action steps to end gender-based oppression.  For more information, connect here:

Distinguished Speaker Series

The Distinguished Speaker Series offers expert speakers who present on topics from scientific research to their personal experiences in society. Then discussions through Q&A sessions allow us to stretch our thinking. The Series has welcomed an astrophysicist, filmmaker, documentarians, social change agents and community leaders. 
Brotherhood picture
Brotherhood: Documentary excerpts screening and
discussion on the first Muslim Fraternity established in
America, presented at the 2017-18 Distinguished Speaker Series                               Jason Hernandez photo
Jason Hernandez shared his incredible story in Life After Life 
presented at the 
2017-18 Distinguished Speaker Series.

You may find more information at the following site:                         

Forces is the annual arts publication of Collin College, with contributions from all divisions of the fine arts, including photography, poetry, fictional works, personal and literary essays, and various visual arts pieces. Forces has been in existence since 1988, striving to give students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to explore multiple aspects of academe.  2018 marks the 30th Anniversary of FORCES.  

30TH Anniversary EditionForces Tag 2018
   Spring Deadline: May 30th
   Summer Deadline: August 30th
   Fall Deadline: October 15th
 For more information visit our website:

ispanic Heritage Month                   Hispanic Heritage Month Stamp 2018

Hispanic Heritage Month at Collin College is the annual celebration of Hispanic Americans who have contributed to American history, culture, society, and our nation as a whole. A national holiday, it is observed from September 15 through October 15 with festivals and events.

For more information on the schedule of Collin College events contact
Dulce deCastro,

Leadership Development Institute (LDI)
LDI logo
The Collin College Leadership Development Institute (LDI) is an academic initiative that incorporates key leadership principles into the curriculum of core courses.  For more information and a schedule of the Fall 2018 classes offered, click here:

Passport to the World
Passport Poster 2018

Collin’s Passport program offers the opportunity to experience our global society through a series of exciting presentations from staff and faculty who have traveled the world. Share their knowledge of art, architecture, religions, political systems, geography and much more at these lunch-time presentations.  
To find out where we will be traveling this year, click here:


The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies

The mission of the Texas Center for Working-Class Studies is to raise awareness about issues related to social class, work, and the working class, and to provide opportunities for collaboration among faculty, students, and community members. Several programs encompassing the mission are scheduled throughout the academic year, including an annual conference in the spring. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to submit essays of any genre related to the theme of Working-Class. Submissions can include research essays, historical overviews, memoirs, creative nonfiction, profiles or any other genre. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to submit proposals for presentations, panels, workshops or round tables.   For more information, contact Dr. Lisa A. Kirby, director of the Texas Center for Working-Class Studies and professor of English, at 
The 2018 Labor Day Event will take place 1-2:15pm, Tuesday, Sept.11
at the Plano Campus
Living Legends Conference Center 
Working-Class Labor Day Event 2018
Dr Victoria Bynum Speaker 2018
Dr. Victoria Bynum
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Texas State University
2018 conference keynote speaker

Collin College Undergraduate Interdisciplinary

Student Research Conference (UISRC)

The UISRC allows Undergraduate students from all over the country to dialogue with, benefit from and, educate conference attendees on the perspectives and results of research in their fields of study. It’s an ideal experience for all participants, and authors of top Collin research are granted scholarships.
For more information:

Plano Campus Programs

Deaf Deaf World
Deaf Deaf World logo 2018The American Sign Language program holds a scholarship fundraising conference each spring that allows participants a “total immersion” experience.  It’s a chance for the deaf community to connect and network through workshops and a vendor fair.  An evening showcase all in the ASL format allows attendees the opportunity to experience life in an entirely silent environment, learn basic American Sign Language and have the chance to enjoy stage performances of stories, comedies and skits.  In addition, guests attending will become familiar with Deaf history, learning about civil rights and the Deaf community. 
For more information, contact Vijay Advani at

ESL Open House/Multicultural Festival
The English as a Second Language program transforms the Atrium at the Plano Campus into an international bazaar each Fall. Students representing their home countries, share food, music, customs and more.  This year's Multicultural Festival will be Thursday, November 8 from 10:00am - 1:00pm
For more information, contact Jey Venkatesan at

Frisco Campus Programs 

Banned Books Week Events

"Collin College's 6th Annual Banned Books Week event, "A Celebration of the Freedom to Read" will take place on Wednesday, September 26th at 4:30pm in the Frisco Conference Center (PRC).
                                                         Banned Books Week flyer
Please join us for a fun, interactive event with readings of challenged, banned and/or censored works and and exciting trivia competition with prizes.  Refreshments will be served.    

All are invited and welcome. #CollinReadsBannedBooks

For more information, or to vlounteer to read an excerpt of a favorite challenged or banned book, please contact Dr. Diana Gingo,

Knowledge Is Power (KIP)

The Knowledge is Power (KIP) lecture series is designed to promote an interdisciplinary approach to topics and concerns being discussed in the larger culture at a given time.  For the past 10 years, there has been one KIP lecture each semester, usually held on a Wednesday in the third week of November and April. The lectures are a brown bag lunch series, presented by Collin College faculty.  A typical KIP lecture has two professors from different disciplines presenting together on a single topic. The Knowledge Is Power program is generously supported by Student Engagement.  For more information, contact Sukanya Subramanian,, or Brett Adams,
KIP picture 2018

“Countdown to Extinction: Geologic vs. Human-Caused Planetary Changes.”
Presented April 2018 at the 25th Knowledge Is Power lecture

National Poetr
y Month

Each April, Collin College celebrates National Poetry Month with a variety of events including informal poetry readings, special events featuring invited poets, "pop-up" poetry, workshops, interactive programs, and more! The annual, month-long celebration encourages all of the college community to join in on the fun, learn more about poetry, and/or share or a favorite poem.  For more information,
contact Dr. Diana Gingo,   
                                       Muslim Girls Making Change photo
Muslim Girls Making Change was presented at the 2018
National Poetry Month presented by Academic Affairs in
partnership with Open Doors, Open Minds and SAFAC.   
Poet Marilyn Nelson

"An Evening with Marilyn Nelson"
, April 2017.  National, award-winning poet
Marilyn Nelson held the office of Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut
from 2001-2006.   


McKinney Campus Programs

African American History Month
The goal of the African American History Committee is to preserve, promote, honor, and share information about the African American experience, history, and culture with the global community. To do so, the committee will coordinate a series of events and activities designed to educate, entertain, and challenge students, faculty, staff, and the community as we uphold Collin College's core values of dignity and respect.  Link to our website:

African American History Month poster
Ain't I A Woman, a live theatrical/musical performance presented during African American 
History Month 2017 in sponsorship with Open Doors, Open Minds and SAFAC

Open Doors, Open Minds

Open Doors Open Minds logo

Open Doors, Open Minds' focus is to educate the Collin College community regarding the diversity of people our campus serves. We provide opportunities to gain insight and input from, and improve understanding and respect for these groups. Our committee, consisting of faculty, staff and students at the McKinney Campus, has succeeded in providing “safe zones” for students in faculty offices. We regularly assess the needs for further education on issues to interact and celebrate with our diverse campus population we encounter.
For more information, contact Catie Brooks,