EARTH is education with a purpose. While we produce capable professionals, we would fail if we stopped there. Our true objective is to prepare ethical leaders to construct a prosperous and just society. This purpose guides how we teach and is why at EARTH our formal and informal curriculum is founded on creating transformative learning experiences.
Perhaps no other course within our model better exemplifies this than the Community Experience. During the second and third year of study, the rural communities of the tropics surrounding EARTH’s two campuses become our students’ classroom. Students work side-by-side with small farmers and community members in developing new projects and overcoming challenges. While contributing to the goals of a family or community, our students develop a lasting commitment to promoting thriving rural communities and social justice.
In this issue of EARTH Connections I invite you to read about the Community Experience and both its immediate and far-reaching impact.
The farmer who sees the potential of his farm in a new light;
The student whose eyes are opened to both the will and needs of small farmers;
The alumni who dedicate their lives to promoting environmental sustainability as an economic opportunity for rural communities;
The donor who is having an immediate impact in one community while making possible a transformative educational experience for hundreds of students…
They, you and we form part of a circle of positive change whose impact will ripple outward for generations to come.