To us, service is a lasting engagement with a place, a people, a culture. Our Appalachian Center for Community Service is home to an expansive list of programs and initiatives that allow students to create positive social change and address the root causes of social inequalities. In living out the Emory & Henry mission statement, we strive to integrate education with service and citizenship. You'll find many opportunities to volunteer and improve the lives of others. And you'll find ways to turn volunteerism into social activism through programs such as our Public Policy and Community Service and the resources of the Appalachian Center for Community Service.
The Center is not just about volunteerism; it's about creating positive social change and dealing with root causes of social inequities. The Center houses the Bonner Scholars Program, the Appalachian Center Associates, the AmeriCorps Program, the Public Policy and Community Service major, and the Emory & Henry Student Tutoring Program.
We offer two degree programs that proceed directly from our unique emphasis on service learning – a bachelor’s degree in public policy and community service and a master’s degree in organizational leadership. Both programs recognize and respond to the growing importance of strong communities in a global society increasingly dependent on sustainable solutions to the issues that face them.
Emory & Henry College has been recognized nationally as a leader among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Emory & Henry College is committed to engaging our students in the kind of service that builds citizenship and communities. We believe that as a college we have the power to not only change the lives of our students, but to change the lives of those who come in contact with our students. Through either the Bonner Scholars Program or the Associates Program of service scholarships given by the Appalachian Center for Community Service, we encourage students to commit to serving their neighbors at Emory & Henry and beyond.
Our radio station, WEHC-FM, is our college and community radio station. As such it seeks to link the college and the wider community in ways that provide information beneficial to both. The station, which covers a wide swath of Southwest Virginia, has become a major instrument in enhancing the sense of place important to the culture and people of this region.
Emory & Henry seeks daily to fulfill its mission of joining education with service to this place, the region, and the world. Through the Appalachian Center Community Service, the College enacts a relational approach to service and education, practicing a place-based model of education and service, joining classroom teaching and learning with places, to bring a range of resources to serve communites throughout Southwest Virginia and Central Appalachia. In all of its work, the Appalachian Center seeks to take seriously the life of each place. As the College increasingly examines solutions to the root causes of problems confronting communities, it focuses much of its thoughts and actions on policy issues related to such areas as education and the environment. As a result, E&H students and others in the college community actively engage their minds, their values and their skills in their commitments to others.