Community in the Classroom

At Sewanee, we understand that there are ways to learn that have nothing to do with sitting at a desk. That’s why every day, our students leave the classroom to get involved directly in their community—both locally and globally. Through a variety of community-engagement programs, Sewanee students use what they’ve learned in the classroom to help others and, in turn, bring the lessons they learn in the community back to the classroom. Getting involved in community engagement at Sewanee means putting the liberal arts into practice. Students find many different avenues to do this: through Community Engaged Learning (CEL), the Bonner Leaders Program, and the Outreach Office.

Although I came to Sewanee thinking that I was isolated on a college campus, community-engagement courses have taught me that I am part of a much larger world and that my academic learning does not just happen in a classroom or on the Domain.
—Emily Luethke C’10

See Bonner Leader Watson Hartsoe's video story about his call to service at Sewanee.

Sewanee's Emergency Medical Service, and Volunteer Fire Department,  special kinds of student service.

Deep student engagement at Sewanee. Sewanee was featured in George Kuh's groundbreaking study, Student Success in College: Creating Conditions That Matter (Jossey-Bass, 2005). Sewanee students and faculty tell their own engagement stories here.

Where we serve: The Cumberland Plateau.

The Community Engaged Learning (CEL) program offers academic courses across the curriculum with a community-engagement component. Each community-engagement course integrates community engagement and service with academic content.