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The Great Commitments of Berea College


Berea College — founded by ardent abolitionists and radical reformers in 1855 — continues today rooted in its historic purpose “to promote the cause of Christ.”

Adherence to the College’s scriptural foundation, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” shapes the College’s culture and programs.

Students and staff work toward personal goals and a vision of a world shaped by Christian values, such as:

  • the power of love over hate,
  • human dignity and equality, and
  • peace with justice.

The environment at Berea College frees people to be active learners, workers, and servers.

We are members of an academic community and we are citizens of the world.

Berea College nurtures these potentials:

  • intellectual
  • physical
  • aesthetic
  • emotional, and
  • spiritual.

With these potentials we can make meaningful commitments and translate them into action.

Berea College commits itself: 

  • To provide an educational opportunity primarily for students from Appalachia, black and white, who have great promise and limited economic resources.
  • To provide an education of high quality with a liberal arts foundation and outlook.
  • To stimulate understanding of the Christian faith and its many expressions and to emphasize the Christian ethic and the motive of service to others.
  • To provide for all students through the labor program experiences for learning and serving in community, and to demonstrate that labor, mental and manual, has dignity as well as utility.
  •  To assert the kinship of all people and to provide interracial education with a particular emphasis on understanding and equality among blacks and whites.
  • To create a democratic community dedicated to education and equality for women and men.
  • To maintain a residential campus and to encourage in all members of the community a way of life characterized by plain living, pride in labor well done, zest for learning, high personal standards, and concern for the welfare of others.
  • To serve the Appalachian region primarily through education but also by other appropriate services.

Originally adopted by the Board of Trustees in 1969; on April 24, 1993 the Board of Trustees adopted this revised statement.

View our Christian Identity Statement.

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