Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Armando Pellerano

Second Advisor

Cutler Armstrong


This thesis explores the vast potential inherently found within community spaces in fostering a sense of belonging and spurring positive social change. Through an in-depth examination of Indianapolis’ vibrant coffee culture and a local coffee shop– Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company– as a case study, the project delves into the dynamics of community building, generosity, and social impact within “third places”. Through interview-based documentary filmmaking, the study highlights the transformative power of community spaces like Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company in nurturing connections, supporting local causes, and promoting civic engagement. The documentary short film, Serving with Generosity, serves as both a celebration of Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company and an inspiration for fostering similar spaces elsewhere. The project underscores the importance of recognizing and supporting community spaces that prioritize inclusivity, connection, and philanthropy, ultimately advocating for the cultivation of environments where all individuals feel valued, welcomed, and empowered to make a difference in their communities.