Working Hard to Make a Difference
Where can you learn to make the world a better place? We take great pride in the fact that Champlain College has a rich history of guiding students as citizen leaders. Service gives students an understanding of how to become effective professionals and better citizens by contributing their time and talent for the betterment of the community. Together with other individuals and groups, Champlain students work hard to understand the pressing issues of their community, such as poverty, hunger, homelessness, illiteracy, injustice and health and environmental issues. Service, mentorship, partnership, reflection and dialogue are the personal practices of self-examination through which our students discover what they really care about and what ultimately will give meaning to their work.
Center for Service & Sustainability
Part of the education Champlain College provides is life lessons on becoming responsible, respectful, engaged citizens. Champlain College established its Center for Service & Sustainability in 2006 and was soon thereafter named to the first-ever President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its volunteer efforts to help with the Gulf Coast clean-up in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In 2016, the Center evolved into the Center for Service & Sustainability, now housed within Academic Affairs, to support service-learning projects within classes.
Champlain strives to be a leader in higher education in setting the bar ever higher for environmental sustainability. Sustain Champlain is a vibrant, active, enthusiastic group of faculty, staff and students committed to leading the institution's charge in developing concepts, strategies, approaches, events and recommendations that increase awareness of sustainability issues and inspire efficient and groundbreaking sustainability practices campus-wide. Campus-based sustainability projects can be used as service-learning projects within classes.
LEAD - Engaged Citizenship
Students will engage in experiences that will broaden cultural and/or community awareness during their first year, like:
- Cook a meal at the Ronald McDonald House
- Volunteer for COTS, a local homeless shelter
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) promotes and endorses the development of an inclusive environment by sponsoring a wide range of events that explore intercultural learning, cross-cultural communication and social justice issues. Speakers, films, concerts, debates, lectures, meals and exhibits throughout the year explore differences of race, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation in engaging and thought-provoking forums that inspire students to consider differing viewpoints and value the richness that diversity brings to every community.