Annual CBL Events and Awards


The CBL Program hosts an annual “Celebration of Community Engagement” at the end of each academic year. This event is open to all faculty and students and to community members. All are welcome to attend and see presentations from CBL students about course projects, fellowships, independent studies, research projects, and other CBL partnerships. Programs from past years’ events list the projects and presenters. Attending the Celebration of Community Engagement is a great way to find out about the many rich projects and partnerships undertaken by Mount Holyoke students and faculty with the region’s organizations, residents, and leaders. Students planning to present may register here.


 The annual Sally Montgomery Award recognizes two partnerships between Mount Holyoke students and local community organizations - one between a student or team of students and a community organization, program or individual partner within one of the college’s CBL course courses, and another between a “Community Fellow” (year-long intern) and a community organization, program, individual partner or coalition initiative. Sally Montgomery, the former Dean of the College and Professor of Economics, was instrumental in the creation of community-based learning at Mount Holyoke College. This award, named in her honor, is supported by a fund to which she has contributed and from which the annual monetary prize for the most outstanding CBL projects of the year is given. Projects are judged upon the quality and extent of the match between student learning and community needs. How did the student(s) grow through experiences working with or researching in a community? How did the community partner or community at large benefit from the service and knowledge contributed by the student(s)? Monetary prizes of $1,000 each are awarded from endowed funds, half ($500) to the student(s), and half to community partners.

Nominations for Sally Montgomery Award recipients are accepted by the CBL Program Office annually each April. Please visit the Sally Montgomery Award Nomination Page to submit a nomination, or contact the CBL Director for additional details.