About the Center

Citizenship and place.

As part of the educational community of Emory & Henry College, the Appalachian Center for Civic Life strives to create a nationally distinctive program of service and education, equipping students to be agents of social change in our region, our nation, and the world. We seek to move beyond the traditional understanding of service-learning, creating opportunities for our students to engage with a variety of civic engagement projects designed to meet specific learning objectives and provide tangible outcomes in the community. 

Our focus is on the interconnection of place, citizenship, public policy, and social capital. The Appalachian Center for Civic Life employs a place-based model of civic life, one that connects service and learning as part of a response to the long, environmental, and human history of a place.

Glade Spring Vice Mayor talks to Emory & Henry students.Glade Spring Vice Mayor talks to Emory & Henry students.

Emory & Henry students serve at a local arts organization.Emory & Henry students serve at a local arts organization.