Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility
Putting Ideas to Work
Intern The Lang Center's internship programs empower Swarthmore students to engage in meaningful work for social justice with nonprofit organizations, grassroots advocacy groups, and public service agencies in the U.S. and around the world. Click the "Summer Internships" menu item on the right for more information.
Getting There One of the ways the Lang Center supports the efforts of students engaged in activism, community service, and political engagement activities is by helping to make transportation available. Click the "Transportation" menu item on the right for more information.
Paths to Social Responsibilty The Lang Center staff helps students "set their own paths towards shaping a more just and compassionate world" by making available information about high impact learning across the curriculum and beyond. Click the "Paths to Social Responsibility" menu item on the right for more.
Research With Lang Center support, faculty, staff, and students engage in community-based research. Click the "Research" menu item for more information on scholarship at the College.
Funding The Lang Center supports groups of Swarthmore students whose major purpose is to effect civic or social change through advocacy, activism, direct service, and social entrepreneurship. Click the "Project Grants" menu item for more about the grant programs we administer.
Alumni Swarthmore alumni participate in the mission of the Lang Center by mentoring students, speaking at campus-based events, serving on project advisory committees, and participating in Center events.
Learn The Lang Center supports community-based learning, a high impact pedagogical approach designed for reciprocal benefits among community partners, faculty, and students and can be observed across the curriclum at Swarthmore College. Click the "Community-Based Learning" menu item on the right for more information.
Visit us! Located at 3-5 Whittier Place (adjacent to the Dupont Parking area), our doors are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with staff, and Sunday through Thursday evening hours until midnight with the presence of students serving as "building hosts." Additional hours, and specific rooms in the building, are available by appointment and with reservations made by Delores Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to meeting you!
LC Staff "What are you doing this summer?" The Lang Center participates in the campus-wide Summer Experiences Fair, held in early November each fall -- but our staff can help you identify volunteer, internship, and project opportunities year-round! Click the "About" -- then "Staff" -- menu item on the right to match a face to the name.
Innovate The Lang Center supports social entrepreneurship among Swarthmore students with encouragement, funding, project advisement, and training -- from ideation to action. Click the "Project Grants" menu on the item to read more.
Volunteer There is no shortage of great volunteer opportunities awaiting Swarthmore students on campus and beyond. But sometimes it can be tricky to decide which path to pursue. Let us help you! Click the "Volunteer" menu item on the right for more information.
Learn D4D on the Road is a one-day training workshop held at Project Pericles campuses, like Swarthmore College, around the country each year. The program is designed to provide novice and seasoned political activists with the tools and tactics they need to get their message across to community leaders, elected officials, the media, and other influential people and organizations.
Engage The Lang Center (co)sponsors conferences, speakers, and workshops that will educate and inform the community service and social justice work of students, staff, faculty and community members. Click the "Events" menu on the right for information about upcoming opportunities.
Photo Credit: Sungwon Ma '16
Space Looking for meeting space? Need a quiet place to study? A 7-minute walk from Kohlberg, the Lang Center has two classrooms, two small conference rooms, a library, and other informal (and comfortable!) places designed to educate, motivate and inpsire. To reserve a specific room in the building, contact Delores Robinson at email@example.com. We look forward to meeting you!
Advising Lang Center staff members are available to students, staff, and faculty discuss ideas and steps for involvement in any area of social responsibility and civic engagement. We look forward to meeting you!
Photo Credit: Sungwon Ma '16
Activism ♦ Advocacy ♦ Scholarship ♦ Service ♦ Social Entrepreneurship
In 2001, Eugene M. Lang '38 established the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility "to inspire and provide vision, leadership and support toward fulfilling an essential dimension of the liberal arts mission of Swarthmore College: to prepare and motivate students to understand and engage issues of civic and social concern and...to set their own paths towards shaping a more just and compassionate world." View Prezi about the Lang Center