The mission of the Warren Wilson College Service Program is to prepare students for effective community engagement.
The Service Program fulfills its mission by
As a result of participation in the Warren Wilson Service Program students develop the following:
Understanding of complex issues
Collaboration for community impact
Commitment to community engagement
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):
By graduation, students demonstrate a measurable level of learning in all four PEGs. Students' progress is be supported by advisors and reviewed periodically to monitor successful progress.
(For students with first-year, sophomore, or junior standing in 2014-2015, and/or were enrolled in a first year seminar in fall of 2012 or spring or fall of 2013 or 2014)
(For continuing students and new transfer students who have senior standing in the fall of 2014-2015)
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.
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.
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.