2.2.1 Mission Statement
The mission of the Warren Wilson College Service Program is to prepare students for effective community engagement.
We fulfill our mission by
- Providing opportunities for students to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and experiences.
- Supporting students in the development of civic responsibility.
- Engaging in mutually beneficial community partnerships.
2.2.2 Learning Principles (Student Outcomes)
As a result of participation in the Warren Wilson Service Program students will develop the following:
- Awareness of interests, passions, values, and skills
- Understanding of held beliefs and personal relationships to issues of power and privilege
- Sense of self as embedded in relationships and within a community context.
Understanding of complex issues
- Identification of the root causes of social/environmental issues
- Recognition of the interconnectedness of issues
- Awareness of the relevance of systemic inequities in social justice issues
Capacity for leadership
- Ability to initiate engagement in the community
- Critical thinking and ethical reasoning
- Analysis of community systems
- Communication strategies
- Ability to work collaboratively across cultures
Commitment to community engagement
- Motivation to be informed on public issues
- Sense of responsibility to participate in local and global communities
- Appreciation for the opportunity to learn from others within the community
2.2.3 Community Engagement Commitment
(For students with first-year or sophomore standing in 2013-2014, and/or were enrolled in a first year seminar in fall of 2012 or spring or fall of 2013)
The mission of Warren Wilson College includes preparing students for service, leadership, and meaningful lifelong work and learning. As part of this Triad educational program, completion of a Community Engagement Commitment is one of the requirements for graduation. Students meet the Commitment by demonstrating learning in four different Points of Engagement and Growth (PEGs):
- Understanding of complex issues
- Capacity for leadership
- Commitment to community engagement
By graduation, students will demonstrate a measurable level of learning in all four PEGs. Student's progress will be supported by advisors and reviewed periodically to monitor successful progress.
2.2.4 Points of Engagement and Growth (PEGs)
- Self- knowledge:
Demonstration of PEG 1:
- Completion of at least 25 hours of direct service.
- Participation in a group reflection activity.
- Individual reflection on how service impacts self-knowledge (as described in the definition above).
- Understanding of complex issues:
Demonstration of PEG 2:
- A) Participation in a course, issue workshop, weekly or break trip designated as a PEG 2 experience.
- B) Completing the three items listed below:
- Participation in workshop/academic course focusing on the exploration of issues and root causes.
- Completion of at least 25 hours of service in one issue area.
- Reflection focused on the service in this issue area.
- Capacity for leadership:
Demonstration of PEG 3:
- Submission of a PEG 3 proposal.
- Creation of a contract with a community partner outlining the agreements and scope of the work for the PEG 3 project.
- Presentation/report which includes sharing outcomes of the work with the community and reflecting on the learning from the experience.
- Commitment to community engagement:
Demonstration of PEG 4:
- Participation in a workshop focused on intentional engagement in the community beyond graduation.
- Submission of a thoughtful plan for integrating community engagement in life after graduation as part of the senior letter.
2.2.5 Service Requirement
(For continuing students and new transfer students who have junior or senior standing in the fall of 2013-2014 and were not enrolled in a first year seminar in fall 2012 or spring or fall of 2013)
Each student must complete 100 hours of community service, at least 25 hours of which must relate to a single issue area. Of the 100 hours, 60 must be completed before a student registers for classes for their final year.
In addition, students must complete an Extended Service Project paper or presentation (ESP) reflecting on their experiences with the 25 hours of service in a single issue area. Guidelines for the ESP are available on the service program website.
2.2.6 Student Recognition
Each year a graduating senior is awarded the Frederick Ohler Service Award for exceptional service to the community while a student at Warren Wilson. In addition, 8-10 seniors with outstanding records of service are honored at the Senior Service Awards ceremony on the Friday afternoon prior to May graduation.
2.2.7 Bonner Leadership Program
The Warren Wilson Bonner Leaders Work Crew program is supported in part through the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, which provides funding, training and technical assistance to community service and service-learning scholarship and leadership programs at colleges and universities across the eastern United States. Twenty to twenty-five Warren Wilson students participate in the Bonner Leadership program, and their efforts are centralized through the College's Service Program Office.