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EXPERIENCE: Service in the City

As part of new student orientation, 457 first year and transfer students and 77 orientation leaders worked with 24 community

service agency partners in Birmingham during EXPERIENCE: Service in the City. The event introduces students to service-learning

and highlights the agencies making a difference in Birmingham. By gardening at Jones Valley Teaching Farm, sorting cans at the

Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, and other activities, students learn more about each other, the city, and the tradition

of community engagement at the College.

Fall Leadership Conference

In October, more than 20 students participated in a one-day leadership conference where they considered the relevance of a

liberal arts education, how to identify professional development opportunities as a student, how to build a professional social

media presence that demonstrates one’s value to employers, and tips about how to interview for internships. Guest speakers for

the event represented professionals and experts in higher education, small businesses, and non-profit management.

International EducationWeek

The College celebrated International Education Week, November 16-20 This year’s theme was Global Refugee Awareness. The

annual map project, which invites students, faculty, and staff to pinpoint where they have travelled worldwide, expanded to

include the routes refugees travel to find safety, shelter, and community. Students, faculty, and staff traced their footprints to show

their solidarity with those people who have been forced to leave their homes because of war, persecution, and natural disaster.

The week concluded with the vibrant International Bazaar sponsored by the College’s Cross-Cultural Committee featuring

activities, performances, and foods representing different international student groups at the College.

First-Year Leadership Challenge

The first-year leadership challenge provides first-year students with an opportunity to build their leadership skills and identify

how they can meaningfully contribute to Birmingham-Southern. The program is a partnership with the Office of Student

Development, and consists of six, two-hour sessions during January. Over 60 students participated in all six sessions this year.