Sustainability and Service
The framing of social and economic policy in order to preserve with minimal disturbance Earth's bounty, resources, inhabitants, and environments for the benefit of both present and future generations plays a significant role in defining the character of the Prescott College community.
Sustainability also implies working together in a functioning community that has staying power for people and the world. Prescott College places high value on students as functioning and contributing members of the College community.
The strong emphasis on ethics and sustainability that permeates Prescott College curricula and community life produces community members inclined to activism in environmental, political, and social issues. Many classes and groups actively examine local, state, national, and international events and viewpoints. The College unabashedly encourages students to think critically, get involved, make commitments, and try to change the world for the better. In almost any week of the year, there are events on campus that examine controversies and organize advocacy or service. Faculty- and student-led groups travel to the Arizona-Mexico border, to Africa or Latin America, to disaster relief projects, (students and faculty raised money to travel to New Orleans to help clean up and rebuild after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita,) to environmental restoration efforts, and to regional and international conferences.
Preparing to Serve
The theme of service and activism is a prevalent and powerful mission of the College, permeating its whole history from the 1960's to today. The desire to be active and involved in the greater community is an ongoing concern among students, faculty, and staff. Individual students have incorporated volunteerism into their project ideas and personal ambitions for many years. This kind of constructive activism grows out of the College's embrace of experiential learning and out of the character of the people that this philosophy attracts.
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