Civic Engagement

 The Brock Scholars Program seeks to strengthen the talents of our students to develop leaders with a lifelong commitment to active citizenship and social responsibility.  Each year members of the freshman class partner with community agencies to learn about critical issues in the Chattanooga area and the nature of obstacles and hardships faced by vulnerable groups. Students are challenged to become active citizen-scholars who work together to build stronger communities and a more engaged university.  Meaningful community involvement enhances the academic experience and promotes a lifelong obligation to improve the lives of others locally, nationally and globally.

Recent freshman groups have:

  • Served as literacy coaches and project leaders for a program in the arts for a group of children in an underserved community
  • Developed and taught computer literacy classes to adult public library patrons
  • Worked with groups of elementary school children to plant a school garden to serve as a teaching aid
  • Designed and painted murals with local residents for a community development project
  • Provided assistance in the resettlement of refugees to the area, helping them become acclimated to the community and gain stability in their new country

Brock Scholars continue to promote the quality of life in their community through individual and collective volunteer service with many local organizations.  Students regularly volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Community Kitchen, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Special Olympics, and the Chattanooga Food Bank. They tutor in after-school programs, volunteer at animal shelters and the local zoo, form teams for environmental clean-up, and register new voters.  Relay for Life teams raise funds for cancer, and an annual Kicks for Bricks soccer tournament raises money for Habitat for Humanity. These activities provide a sample of the many ways Brock Scholars work to improve the lives of others.