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Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (Edwardsville, IL 62026-0001)
Jessica DeSpain (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Connie Frey Spurlock (Co Project Director: April 2021 to present)
Jessica Harris (Co Project Director: May 2021 to present)
CODES: Community-Oriented Digital Engagement Scholars

A three-year project to implement a general education pathway introducing underserved students to digital community engagement.

The Community-Oriented Digital Engagement Scholars (CODES) program will provide a general education track for underserved students at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and Lewis and Clark Community College (L&C). Blending community engagement, digital methods, collaborative research, and transdisciplinary pedagogy, CODES enables students to bring their experiences and creativity to bear upon critical issues facing their communities. Designed for underserved students, including those who are first-generation, African American, Latinx, and/or Pell-eligible, CODES help students at the earliest stages of their college career understand the integral role of the humanities in transdisciplinary problem solving. While there are several models of community-engaged teaching at the general education level, few meaningfully incorporate digital methods and ethics into pedagogical design to address the need for an informed twenty-first century citizenry and workforce.

Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine; U.S. Regional Studies

Humanities Connections Implementation Grants

Education Programs

$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2021 – 5/31/2024