Service-Learning at Birmingham-Southern College
Our mission is to promote the practice and ethic of engaged study and community action throughout the campus community in both curricular and co-curricular activities.
History: Over 20 years ago, then-chaplain Stewart Jackson led the first Interim in Service-Learning team to St. Petersburg, Florida. Since then, teams have traveled to 11 countries spanning five continents, with as many as 100 students per year participating in local, national, and international projects each January – serving meals, tutoring young students, and building homes and schools in communities across the world.
This initial commitment to community engagement led to ongoing local projects called Community Partnerships. Now, year after year, students in partnership with various non-profit organizations cultivate relationships with members of the Birmingham community through diverse year-round programs that span every interest and field of study. Whether coaching area youth in soccer, serving dinner to homeless women, or gardening with fellow neighborhood residents, students are encouraged to connect with the broader community beyond the college gates.
Future: Thanks to a generous gift from BSC alums Dr. Peter and Derry Bunting, service-learning at Birmingham-Southern College will continue to advance in the years to come. Guided by the conviction that service and experiential learning are essential to a liberal arts education, the Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action will continue to promote community service outside of the curriculum as well as emphasize service that is integrally connected to academic course content.