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Work with community partners right here in Birmingham or across the globe. Take a service-learning course and integrate meaningful service with what you learn or engage with groups like the Coalition on Human Needs in Washington, D.C., the San Francisco Food Bank, or Alabama Possible.

"This was an incredible opportunity to fuse my passions and impact a community using my theatre skills. I learned to trust my instincts and stay true to my inner voice. I definitely believe that my experiences here at Birmingham-Southern College have prepared me for anything I want to do."
Christie Connolly '14
Taught English in Ghana

What makes a rise3 service learning project?

A rise3 service learning project is an intensive experience that involves working with a community partner to address a community issue and also incorporates critical reflection

  • a major project of intensity and depth
  • critical reflection before, during, and after the experience
  • purposeful selection of a community partner to work with
  • make a meaningful contribution to the community

Examples of rise3 service-learning projects:

EH 228, Ourselves and Others
This seminar for first-year students uses short stories, plays, and poetry to spur discussions about gender, race, and class. To better understand these issues as powerful forces that shape people's lives, students will go from the classroom into the local community to interact with their neighbors in after-school tutoring programs, through mentoring high school students, and by visiting a local women's shelter.

BA 351, Marketing for the Arts and Nonprofits
The Department of Business offers this course for both majors and non-majors focusing on the practical application of marketing the arts. A key aspect of the course will be a semester-long project on civic engagement that will require student groups to produce a strategic marketing plan or other marketing project for a nonprofit organization.

LS 300, Leadership Studies Practicum
Students partner with Rev. Angie Wright and members of Beloved Community Church to survey select residents of Birmingham's Avondale neighborhood about recent development in the neighborhood; class members present their findings at the church. Students confront issues of urban revitalization, gentrification, and economic development through interaction with members of the Avondale community. Students will complete individual and group projects.

Other opportunities for service-learning may be found here: