We're all connected to each other. Volunteering is so much more than "giving back" to someone "less fortunate"; it's about empathizing with fellow members of our shared community.
Community engagement enables us to grow as individuals when we acknowledge others as fellow members of a shared community, not as those less fortunate than us. We encourage our students to reflect mindfully about their place in the world and how to engage with community members in need.
Community engagement is a vital, integral part of a Branson education. We value not only lessons learned in the classroom, but also those learned through real-life experiences. Community engagement requires one's mindful awareness, openness, and willingness to learn from others in order to practice empathy. We hope, through his or her four-year community engagement experience, each student fosters a continuous, empathic awareness of the communities in which he or she lives and strives to make a better world.
Practice empathy, mindfulness, and engagement in your local, national, and global communities.