Hispanic-Americans are one of the fastest growing demographics in Appalachia, and are often overlooked, despite living in the region for generations.
Program Chair of African and African American Studies How do you think Berea’s commitment to interracial education works to serve the Appalachian community or region? A major way is through the development of the African and African American studies program which was founded in the 1970s primarily to focus upon community service. African American studies, what we would have called … Read More
Serving Appalachia by Fostering Racial Understanding Like other institutions of higher education, Berea College has many missions. However, the Eight Great Commitments reflect the fact that no aspect of this mission can be given higher priority than the others. The Berea Community is thus built on the premise that all our ideals and good works must proceed hand in hand. … Read More
Today, Berea College’s Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS) educates students for leadership in service and social justice through the promotion and coordination of academic service learning and student-led community service. CELTS grew out of a strategic planning process in the late 1990s that charged it with bringing all of Berea’s student-led community service programs under one roof. … Read More
“God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth. (Acts 17:26)” That ringing claim, part of Paul’s great sermon to the Athenians included in Acts chapter 17, has always been foundational to the mission and identity of Berea College. Rev. John G. Fee’s intent was to provide education to young men and women regardless of race, and the … Read More