About CESI

Members of CESI staff stand in front of a white wall. They are looking at the camera and smiling.

Many of the photographs used on the CESI website are courtesy of Michelle Peek Photography.


The Community Engaged Scholarship Institute (CESI) brings together community and campus skills and resources in order to advance community-identified research goals. We work in collaboration, we honour diverse forms of knowledge, and we leverage university resources for community benefit.

At CESI, we believe that principled engagement is about respectful relationships. We also believe that collaboration increases the relevance and impact of our research. We work to develop, implement and support evidence-informed, rigorous practices of:

A suite of programs works to carry forward our mandate within and beyond the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, and in our local communities of Guelph and Wellington County. We also support global community engagement initiatives that align with our principles and practices. CESI’s programs include: