Eigel Center

Community Engaged Scholars



Thanks to the generosity of former Service Fellow, Dr. John Wakelin (‘96), in 2019 the Eigel Center launched a new program for our Community Engaged Fellows that integrates service with academic research that benefits communities. 

Up to eight upper-class Fellows are invited to be paid summer research assistants for Xavier faculty to support projects that address an identified community need or opportunity with a nonprofit partner and examine the broader impact of our teaching and learning.  This fall, our Fellows will allocate their service hours towards finalizing these projects.




Christine Anderson (History), and CEF Clarence Lyles, Senior, Biology

An ongoing research partnership with the Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women's Clubs (CFCWC) designed to preserve not only the organization's history of activism but also the history of local African-American women's activism more broadly.

Diane Ceo-DiFrancesco (Classics & Modern Languages), Jennifer Gibson, (Psychology), and Leah Dunn (Occupational Therapy), and CEF Mercy Torres, Sophomore, Social Work 

A trans-disciplinary research team will travel to the U.S./Mexico border as part of the Kino Border Initiative to document and raise awareness of policies affecting migrant women, children and families.

John Fairfield (History), and CEF Tom Grandon, Junior, Philosophy, Politics, and the Public/Economics

This book project will examine the question of how urban and rural communities relate to one another and address the question of regional sustainability between cities and rural communities.

Anne Fuller (Psychology), and CEF Ben Foley, Junior, Psychology

This research project will explore risk, reilience, and mental health promotion in collaboration with Wordplay Cincinnati, to enhance knowledge of these issues among youth while examining potential benefits of existing youth programming.

Tammy Sonnentag (Psychology), and CEF Tessa Doan, Junior, Environmental Science/Psychology

This project will examine the faculty's understanding of how students perceive various barriers and benefits of service and community engaged learning.

Joan Tunningly and Stacia Galey (Occupational Therapy), and CEF Jaime Misky, Junior, Early Childhood Education

This research project's goal is to reduce the number of office behavioral referrals for students at Evanston Academy, utilizing an occupational therapy population-based intervention for children's self-control and positive mental health.

Carol Winkelmann (Chair, English), Hannah Brenneman (Tri-State Anti-Human Trafficking Network), and CEF Ciara Lambert, Sophomore, PPP/Health Services Administration

This project includes integrating students in Topics in Linguistics (ENGL 320) into serveral service sites addressing sex trafficking; in partnership with community, and provide an opportunity to examine the experiences of sex workers.