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Service to the Region

Students participate in traditional community service, stewardship of natural resources, and preservation of regional culture and traditions.

  • The Loyal Jones Appalachian Center coordinates community outreach and academic opportunities for students to address the historic and current challenges facing the region. The Center sponsors experiential learning in community economic development and entrepreneurial leadership, and hosts regional events, such as readings, films, and demonstrations in a public gallery space for Appalachian exhibits.
  • The Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service (CELTS) offers opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom for students to learn and acquire leadership through service and social action in partnership with the community. Among their programs are Habitat for Humanity, Students for Appalachia, Bonner Scholars, First Book, Hispanic Outreach, and community teen and child mentoring.
  • Upward Bound, Carter G. Woodson Math and Science Institute, GEAR UP, and the Educational Talent Search encourage and assist low-income middle and high school students to enter college and graduate.
  • Students in the Sustainability and Environmental Studies (SENS) program participate in the development of sustainable communities throughout Appalachia.

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