The Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement is committed to the celebration of Appalachian heritage and culture, to scholarship that helps students to understand the place and its peoples and to service that engages students with communities in the region.
Founded in 2010, the Center is housed in the historic Stephens house on Highway 76 in the heart of Young Harris. The facility provides an office for the Academic Service Learning and Bonner Leaders programs, office and work space for student leaders and space for meetings and seminars. In addition, the Religion and Philosophy faculty have offices in the building.
The Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement values the interrelationship between place, ethics, citizenship, sustainability and transformative engagement. It is the aim of the Center that participants will be challenged to explore their personal and collective responsibilities as citizens committed to the creation of a sustainable, just and caring society. These values inform the Center’s initiatives as it carries out its mission.
The Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement enacts its mission, commitments and values through initiatives in the following areas: Service Learning, Appalachian Studies, Community Engagement, Social Justice and Sustainability. As the Center develops, programs will be expanded in each of these initiatives. Find out more about current initiatives.
Dr. Rob CampBell
Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement
Bonner Leadership Program Coordinator
Professor of Education
Dr. Bethann Bowman
Assistant Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement