At its inception, the CSI was intended to serve as a mechanism for fostering community engaged social justice scholarship. Taking up this charge generates opportunities for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels to get involved as part of their university education. The CSI supports graduate student research and undergraduate training with funding, workshops and internship opportunities.
The CSI hosts both a Research Methods Lab and a Graphics & Publishing Lab to support student engagement with the project of knowledge production.
The CSI sponsors an annual competition for Dissertation Research Grants.
A variety of Student Internships are available at the CSI.
The CSI offers workshops for students intended to introduce them to the fundamentals of social science and humanities research, to guide them to undergraduate research opportunities, and for basic professional development within research communities.