Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement
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.
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: https://www.collin.edu/academics/auteurfilms.
The 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:
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: https://www.collin.edu/academics/csce/ConstitutionDay.html.
The Dignity Initiative
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: www.collin.edu/community/dignity.
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: Documentary excerpts screening and
discussion on the first Muslim Fraternity established in
America, presented at the 2017-18 Distinguished Speaker Series
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 Edition
Spring Deadline: May 30th
Summer Deadline: August 30th
Fall Deadline: October 15th
For more information visit our website: http://digitalcommons.collin.edu/forces
Hispanic Heritage Month
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
For more information on the schedule of Collin College events contact
Dulce deCastro, DdeCastro@collin.edu.
Leadership Development Institute (LDI)
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
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 LKirby@collin.edu.
The 2018 Labor Day Event will take place 1-2:15pm, Tuesday, Sept.11
Dr. Victoria Bynum
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: https://www.collin.edu/conference/studentresearch/.
Plano Campus Programs
Deaf Deaf World
The 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 VAdvani@collin.edu.
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 JVenkatesan@collin.edu.
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).
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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,
SSubramanian@collin.edu, or Brett Adams, BAdams@collin.edu.
“Countdown to Extinction: Geologic vs. Human-Caused Planetary Changes.”
Presented April 2018 at the 25th Knowledge Is Power lecture
National Poetry 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, email@example.com.
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.
"An Evening with Marilyn Nelson", April 2017. National, award-winning poet
Marilyn Nelson held the office of Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut
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: https://www.collin.edu/community/aahm/
Ain't I A Woman, a live theatrical/musical performance presented during African American