Lang Center
for Civic & Social Responsibility

Student Opportunities in Chester

Chester Community Fellowship 

The Chester Community Fellowship (CCF)—a signature Lang Center program funded through the Swarthmore Foundation— enhances the capacity of Chester-based community organizations while providing opportunities for student learning. Students hold internships four days a week; on the fifth day, Fellows work together on a project-in-common relevant to the City of Chester. The summer experience focuses on developing each Chester Fellow as a scholar, civic leader, and public servant. Learn more. 

Chester Semester

The ChesterSemester Program is a transcript-notated interdisciplinary program on social change with a community-based learning (CBL) internship component. Program Coordinator and Professor of Religion Mark Wallace notes: "My hope is that the ChesterSemester program will expand the College’s educational mission through partnerships with our urban neighbors. If successful, it will equip student fellows with the lifelong learning and leadership skills necessary for building civic democracy. The simple truth is that the welfare of each of us depends upon the welfare of all of us. My hope is that this program will go a long way to empowering Swarthmore students, and partners in Chester, to actualize together our common goals, our common dreams, and our common humanity."

Three ChesterSemester fellows were honored in Summer 2019 for their distinguished work in the program:

  • Ian Bothwell '20, Chester Eastside's Camp Phoenix
  • Lucy Fetterman '22, Chester's Herbal Plant Medicine and African Diaspora Sovereign Selfcare Project
  • Nessa Levy '21, Chester Eastside Community Garden and Chester Eastside's Camp Phoenix

For more information regarding the ChesterSemester program, please contact Mark Wallace

Dare 2 Soar

Dare 2 Soar is Swarthmore College's largest and oldest tutoring group, serving hundreds of Chester, PA children aged K-12. It was founded as a student-run organization by Khadijah White '04 with Francisca Mata '04 and Greg Lok '04, with a mission "to provide elementary school students and families of Chester with positive role models of color that attend college and serve the community," and "to demonstrate to the children what social action is truly about so that they might one day continue this mission." Learn more. 

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