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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

Collin College Auteur Film Series

The Auteur Film Series focuses on classic, foreign, and independent films based on a specific theme.  This year's theme is "Every New Beginning: Post-Apocalypse Stories." We are back to on-campus screenings.  Students, faculty, staff, and community members watch films at specified locations, and panel discussions follow each film.  Educational introductions provide valuable insight for each screening.  Click here for more information on selected films and schedule:


BIC The Beauty in Breaking Cover
The Book-In-Common committee's selection for the
2021-2022 year: The Beauty in Breaking by author Michele Harper.
123Dr. Michele Harper
For more information on
Speaker please visit

Author Presentations
Tuesday, April 5, 7 p.m. 
McKinney Campus

Wednesday, April 6, 10 a.m.
Writing Workshop
Plano Campus

                                       Wednesday, April 6, 2 p.m.
                                       Wylie Campus

For more Book-In-Common events visit the website:

Collin Serves

CoCollin Serves logollin Serves is a district wide committee that partners with The Collin College Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement (CSCE), Student Veteran's of America, Collin County Homeless Coalition, Frisco Family Services and a variety of other regional organizations to meet various needs of the local community. Annual volunteer activities include: Supply drive for the Collin County Homeless Coalition and Frisco Family Services Holiday Store. For more information and to get involved contact Stephanie Austin at  or see:

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. 
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. 

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Literary Journal 2022
Tuesday, April 12
5:30-7:00 p.m.

Deadline for submissions is
October 8, 2021.

Visit our website for more information:

Hispanic Heritage Month

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. 
Hispanic Heritage Mo. guest author E. Perez

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

2020 Hispanic Heritage Month presenter, 
Texas Poet Laureate Emmy Pérez 
Photo credit Paul Chouy - UTRGV 



Interdisciplinary Committee on Poverty, Race and Crime

ICPRC logoThe Interdisciplinary Committee on Poverty, Race and Crime (ICPRC), is a district wide committee composed of faculty and staff who seek to better understand the role of poverty, race and crime in our communities from sociological, criminological, criminal justice, political and historical perspectives and how the intersection of these perspectives influence policy and society as a whole. We seek to educate & encourage civil discussion by bringing awareness to the community through events such as documentaries, panel discussion and guest speakers. For more information on events and how to get involved see:

Leadership Development Institute (LDI)

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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 2021 classes offered, click here:

Passport to the World:

Collin College's Travel Diaries
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Collin College’s Passport program offers community members an opportunity to experience our global society through a series of informative travel presentations each semester. Collin College faculty and staff members who have traveled to a variety of locations describe their exciting adventures. Each lecture is as unique as Collin College presenters share their experiences through stunning photographs and narratives. Learn more about the world around us and become inspired to plan your own globe-trotting voyage. Feed your wanderlust and come travel with us through Passport to the World presentations!

Plano Campus Programs

ESL 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.   Join us for the festivities:                                                                                                   
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Tuesday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

For more information, contact Charlene Houston at




An Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Journal

  • A professional and mentor-reviewed journal
  • Showcases research in process, best practices, and completed works
  • Engages new ideas in various disciplines
  • Presents student research to a wide audience

    For more information visit the website,

    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 scheduledTX Ctr for Working-Class 2020 Keynote.Jensen 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.  
Barbara Jensen, professor, scholar, psychologist, speaker and author of Reading Classes: On Culture and Classism in America, 2020 Conference Keynote Speaker.

The Eighth Annual
Texas Center for Working-Class Studies Conference

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Plano Campus Living Legends Conference Center

For more information, contact Dr. Lisa A. Kirby, director of the Texas Center for Working-Class Studies and professor of English, at

Frisco Campus Programs 

Collin College's 9th Annual Banned Books Week Event:
A Celebration of the Freedom to Read

Collin College's annual Banned Books Week event allows students and guestsBannedBooksPic2021
to enjoy fun, interactive activities, readings of challenged, banned and/or censored works and exciting trivia competitions with prizes.  For Banned Books Week 2021, the Banned Books Week Committee is hosting a virtual event via Zoom on Wednesday, September 29th at 4:00 p.m.   Registration required.

Register here (or scan below). 

Banned Books Week registration scan
 For more information contact Dr. Diana C. 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 over 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,, Brett Adams,, or Diana Sage, 
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“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,   
                                       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

Black American Awareness Committee (BAAC)Black American Awareness Comm Poster 2021
The Collin College Black American Awareness Committee (BAAC), formerly the African American History Month Committee, is dedicated to bringing awareness of Black American experiences and addressing issues affecting the lives and culture of Black Americans. This committee's primary focus is to intentionally create an inclusive environment where critical conversations about issues of race/ethnicity, equity, and justice can occur.
Link to our website:



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,