The institution’s continuing education, outreach, and service programs are consistent with the institution’s mission.
Morehouse College has broad outreach, community service, service-learning programs and dynamic programs involving many departments, programs and individuals. The Bonner Office of Community Service is the clearinghouse for the community service programs; however, many programs are currently independent. Listed below are the programs, departments and individuals conducting some facet of the college’s outreach, community service and service-learning programs. Note: Morehouse has no continuing education programs.
At Morehouse College outreach, community service and service-learning programs are in essence the partnership of the College’s knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship and research, enhance curricular content and process, prepare citizen scholars, endorse democratic values and civic responsibility, address critical societal issues, and in general contribute to the public good. (Adapted from the CIC Committee on Engagement.)
Description of Programs
The Bonner Office of Community Service: Director, Dr. Hasan Crockett
Mission Statement: The Bonner Office of Community Service's primary purpose is to perpetuate a culture of service on campus.
Goals & Objectives:
To perpetuate a culture of service on our campus
To support the College’s efforts in “developing men with disciplined minds who will lead lives of leadership, service, and self-realization”
Foster civic responsibility within our campus community through participation in activities and projects that have a positive social impact
The goals and objectives of the Bonner Office of Community Service are directly connected to the mission, vision, and strategic plan of the College
To focus on developing within our students the skills and leadership for civic engagement
To increase the effectiveness of the Bonner Office of Community Service enhanced by the interconnecting relationship with the other three components of our campus-wide efforts towards centralization: Community Development, Community-Based Research, and Service-Learning
To serve as the centralized single point of contact for external community service projects and activities
To create linkages with community partners that will ensure service opportunities that are achievable, measurable, meaningful, educational and efficiently managed
To develop evaluation methods that track and assess service activities
To celebrate and acknowledge deeds of service to the community
To facilitate infusion of service-learning in the college curriculum
Within the BOCS are the following programs. Brief descriptions are provided below.
Adams Scholarship Program: The Morehouse College Adams Scholars Program is committed to shaping a core of students who will set a standard for excellence in service to the community.
Bonner Scholarship Program: The Bonner Scholars Program at Morehouse College seeks to utilize the Bonner Foundation as a philanthropic vehicle for developing and institutionalizing a campus wide service initiative that will perpetuate a culture of service and foster civic engagement.
Morehouse Mentoring Program: The mission of the Morehouse Mentoring Program (MMP) is to embrace the youth of West End Atlanta with the encouragement and academic support needed to overcome the forces and obstacles which lie between them and their yet unfulfilled destinies.
Frederick Douglass Tutorial Institute (FDTI): The Frederick Douglass Tutorial Institute, now in its thirty-seventh year, is a student initiated tutorial program that is a branch of the MMP. The MMP enjoys an excellent relationship with the Atlanta Public School system and has established a partnership with Booker T. Washington High School.
Federal Work Study Community Scholars: In 1999, the U.S. General Accounting Office mandated that Higher Education Amendments state that 7% of work-study earnings must provide students with the opportunity to finance part of their education by serving the community.
Jumpstart Atlanta: Jumpstart’s mission is to engage young people in service to work toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Jumpstart recruits, trains, and supports achievement-oriented college students to deliver innovative early learning programs via a yearlong mentoring relationship with a three to five year-old child.
Revitalization Task Force: The Community Revitalization Task Force has undertaken a long-range initiative to support local revitalization efforts and to help prepare the neighborhood organizations in the area surrounding the College to deal with the challenges of growth and development that are now taking place in Atlanta. The Task Force seeks also to reinforce and enhance the relationship Morehouse has with the local community.
The Brisbane Institute: The Brisbane Institute was created in 1985 to do outreach and service in the name Dr. Robert H. Brisbane, the first chairman of the Political Science Department. “The mission of the Institute is to continue the tradition of leadership and political study, analysis, activism and international investigation that Dr. Robert Brisbane brought to the College, the nation and the world.” The outreach and service programs include:
Center for the Studies of Applied Politics: In the spirit of Dr. Brisbane's life long legacy of political activism and as articulated in his 1974 book Black Activism, we at Morehouse College, builders of the future political leaders can no longer afford to ignore the methods by which political power is acquired, maintained, and exercised in America. The Center for Studies in Applied Politics will take an instrumental role in understanding these methods, educating our students and others in them, and in developing new methods continuing the tradition of Morehouse as a true leader in real world politics.
Public Service Internship Program: The Public Service Internship Program provides Morehouse College and Atlanta University Center students with internships in non-profit organizations, NGOs, municipal, county, and state governments in preparation for careers in public service.
Community Base Participatory Research: CBPR is developed to bring forward timely and influential "grass-roots" perspectives as essential components of comprehensive actions and analysis of key issues affecting African American and undeserved communities.
In addition to the programs the Bonner Office of Community Services directly manages, there are a plethora of other outreach and service programs.
The Leadership Center: Director, Dr. Walter Fluker
Mission: The vision of the Leadership Center at Morehouse College is to be a preeminent academic center for the study and practice of leadership that fosters and sustains an inclusive, global civil society where justice is tempered by integrity, compassion, and courage.
Faith Communities & Urban Families Project: The project examined the relationship between low-income families and churches in their neighborhoods in four cities—Indianapolis; Denver; Camden; New Jersey; and Hartford, Connecticut. Funded by a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the project gathered and analyzed survey, ethnographic and environmental data from the two groups and developed plans for strengthening interactions between faith communities and the urban poor.
Public Health Sciences Institute: Director, Dr. Cynthia Trawick
Mission: Currently programs of the Institute are supported by a five-year cooperative agreement award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Public Health Services, in Atlanta, Georgia. The cooperative agreement was promulgated to address the need to increase the knowledge and skills of minority students in epidemiology, biostatistics and occupational safety and health.
Research Center on Health Disparities: The RCHD mission is to contribute to the elimination of health disparities by building a coordinated body of research and information that helps to explain the morbidity and mortality gaps experienced by racial and ethnic groups in the United States and by developing effective population-level intervention strategies. Within the AUC, RCHD’s unique roll will be to focus on the social determinants of health disparities, thus, complementing the biomedical research conducted at the Morehouse School of Medicine. The RCHD is working with the Southeast Community Research Center to expand the approach to eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities by uniting researchers from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with the communities they serve to generate innovative, participatory research and prevention activities that respect the ethics of the community and that results in social action.
Oprah Scholars: Coordinator, Ms. Shelia Tolbert
Mission: In 1989, Winfrey gave the College her first gift of $1 million, which funded the Oprah Winfrey Endowed Scholarship Fund Oprah Winfrey South Africa Leadership Program: Morehouse College establishes the Oprah Winfrey South Africa Leadership Program with a $1-million gift from Winfrey. The exchange program encompasses ethical leadership training and community service through cross-cultural immersion and international exposure in South Africa and Atlanta for Oprah Winfrey Scholars and South African students.
UPS Scholars: Director, Dr. Anne Watts
Mission: Ten students dedicate part of their time to the community through UPS’s Community Service Scholarship Program. Students devote ten to fifteen hours a week tutoring third grade students at Dean Rusk Elementary, an inner-city school, and working in its after school program in support of the Atlanta Partners for Education — a partnership between the metro Atlanta community and Atlanta Public Schools designed to create a more rewarding academic experience for Atlanta’s children — each year. Scholars must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above, demonstrate the good character and judgment expected of all students, and complete a minimum of 150 community service hours each semester in which they receive the scholarship. These UPS scholars are expected to work on improving the educational skills of children, including monitoring and documenting their results through weekly reports. In addition, they must keep a written journal of their experiences.
Office of Student Services: Director, Dr. Kevin Rome
Mission: Student Services, the official liaison between the College and the student body, represents student interest in dealings with College committees, councils, departments and offices. The dean of Student Services has overall responsibility for student conduct, decorum and quality of life. Morehouse Student Services is also responsible for programs with outreach components. These include:
Greek Life: The following is a quote from the Greek Life website: Community service is an important aspect of fraternity life. Each Greek organization was founded upon community service and offers unique opportunities for members to serve their community. From volunteering in elementary schools to giving blood to raising money for charities such as the American Heart Association and the Ronald McDonald House, fraternities are lending a helping hand.
An example of an individual fraternity’s commitment to outreach is that of Kappa Alpha Psi. As chapters multiplied, the fraternity began its national social outreach program-Guide Right. Today, National Guide Right programs provide programming, role models, and mentors for the young "at risk" population in communities throughout out international organization.
Student Government Association: Another Student Services area that has an outreach program is the Morehouse SGA with its Office of Community Service.
The Entrepreneurship Center: Director, Dr. Oscar Sistrunk
Established under the Division of Business Administration and Economics the mission of the Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center (MCEC) is to assist in the development of minority entrepreneurship through training, scholarly research and consultative services. The goals are to: (1) assist small business in growing through training, workshops, seminars and procurement, (2) provide research and advisory services to small businesses, and (3) to assist college graduates in obtaining advanced degrees in entrepreneurship.
Mentor Protégé Program: The primary focus of business for the initial offerings of the MCEC is the Department of Defense Mentor Protégé Program. The DoD Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) assists small businesses (protégés) to successfully compete for prime contract and subcontract awards by partnering with large companies (mentors) under individual, project-based agreements. Under the MPP, MCEC serves as a third party developmental assistance provider. The legislation for MPP establishes that the Mentor can only provide assistance to the Protégé by either its internal resources or subcontracting to a Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) and/or a Historically Black College/University (HBCU).Over the past year the ECEC has worked with mentors and protégés teams participating in various DoD programs. Over 80% has been from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) program with others from the Navy, Army and Air Force Mentor Protégé Programs.
Entrepreneurial Outreach: Public Offerings Introduction to SEI CMMI – Introduces participants to the CMMI Model and its fundamental concepts. The course discussion emphasizes understanding of the various maturity levels and the categories of process areas (PAs). Describes a framework that organizations can use to determine their ability to develop and maintain systems; it is a model for organizational improvement. The course is composed of lectures and class exercises with ample opportunity for participant questions and discussions. Introduction to CMMI helps prepare participants to make valid judgments regarding an organization's implementation of the process areas. The course is helpful in identifying issues that should be addressed in performing process improvement as structured by the CMMI model.
NASA Project SPACE: Director, Ms. Antoinette Ball
Mission: Project SPACE is a collaborative effort between the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) and Morehouse College. The overall goal of Project SPACE is to provide scholarship support for high achieving students in engineering, mathematics and the physical sciences. Students selected for the program are deemed Ronald E. McNair Scholars in honor of the late Challenger.
Scholars & Community Service: Creating Appeal for Undergraduate Scientific Endeavors (CAUSE), is a special program component of the Morehouse College Project SPACE program. Through the CAUSE program, McNair scholars serve as mentors to help pre-college students with research development, college preparation and career development. The program was designed to help achieve the common goal of motivating high school students to pursue careers in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (SMET) fields and encouraging volunteerism among SPACE Scholars. This year's CAUSE program provides students with optimum exposure to college and career development, teamwork, and scientific exploration. CAUSE teamed up with Project Identity, another Morehouse program. Student participants are engaged with an exciting robotics competition.
Project Identity: Project Identity is a federally funded program designed to stimulate interest in college attendance and the awareness of college entrance requirements for African-American and other minority males attending middle school. The Project aims to help to develop and sustain the capacity of middle schools to prepare these young boys for high school and post-secondary education. By providing a network of support, particularly for the adults who influence middle school students--specifically, their counselors and families-- Project Identity strives to channel and direct more minority males to higher education. Project Identity will give special attention to boys from backgrounds and communities that historically have not encouraged large numbers to pursue, enroll and succeed in post-secondary education.
Corporate Connection: Director, Vice President Philip Howard
Mission: Morehouse College is dedicated to producing the next generation of outstanding business and civic leaders. Our Corporate Connection program gives our corporate sponsors a variety of opportunities to partner with us in achieving this goal. Companies may participate in any combination of the following activities based on their business interests and strategic directions.
Corporate & Foundation Relations, part of the Office of Institutional Advancement, reaches out to corporations and foundations to support Morehouse's fund-raising efforts. One of its primary responsibilities is overseeing the successful Presidential Chat and Executive Lecture Series.
Presidential Chat and Executive Lecture Series allows students to interact with top Fortune 100/500 executives who share business wisdom and insight that can't be gleaned in the classroom. Presidential Chats are informal roundtable discussions where executives meet with about 20 students to discuss business-related topics. Executive Lectures feature executives giving prepared remarks and fielding questions from a group of about 100 students.
The Division of Business Administration and Economics, Dean John Williams, sponsors the following:
Executive Mentorship Program, a highly selective program, establishes one-on-one mentoring relationships between 30 of our top students and high-level executives. The goal is to accelerate student development as they prepare for the business world.
Student Internship Program places students in work environments that provide valuable hands-on training opportunities. This work experience enhances students' formal education and expands their knowledge of future career options.
Advisory Councils feature corporate representatives whose interests and expertise coincide with the goals and objectives of specific Morehouse initiatives. These councils may be organized by function (e.g., the Leadership Advisory Council) or by academic program (e.g., the Business and Economics Advisory Council).
Case Competition Series brings corporate representatives to campus annually to critique student case studies, allowing business administration and economics students to receive feedback directly from professionals who are established in their field.
Sales & Marketing Institute invites corporate representatives to conduct training workshops and interactive seminars for students. Institute seminars typically focus on proven sales and marketing techniques in certain businesses and industries.
Federal Trio Programs: Director, Dr. Rubye J. Byrd
Mission: The TRIO Programs at Morehouse College are recognized as a superior system that prepares students for: (1) successful completion of secondary education; (2) admission into a post-secondary institution; (3) retention and completion of post-secondary education; (4) and preparation for successful matriculation to a post-baccalaureate program.
Upward Bound Math/Science Southeastern Regional Institute: The Morehouse College Upward Bound Math/Science Regional Center is designed to provide an intensive six-week summer curriculum to 50 students currently enrolled in high school throughout the southeast region of the United States. This program assists students in developing critical thinking, scientific and analytical skills, and effective expressions. Students will be given the opportunity to work in various labs and get hands-on computer experience. Students will be given exposure to a variety of science, math and engineering careers. Students also will experience innovative instructional methodologies Students will take classes in Math, Technical Writing, a range of Laboratory Sciences, Computers, and Latin. Students will conduct research at various lab sites throughout the southeastern region.
Math/Science State Center: The Morehouse College Upward Bound Math/Science State Center is designed to provide an intensive six-week summer curriculum to 50 students currently enrolled in high school throughout the state of Georgia. This program assists students in developing critical thinking, scientific and analytical skills, and effective expressions. Students will be given the opportunity to work in various labs and get hands-on computer experience. Students will be given exposure to a variety of science, math and engineering careers. Students also will experience innovative instructional methodologies Students will take classes in Math, Technical Writing, a range of Laboratory Sciences, Computers, and Latin. Students will conduct research at various lab sites throughout the southeastern region.
Service Learning at Morehouse College
Morehouse College faculty has a long history of integrating service learning into their curricula.
Service learning is a method under which students learn and develop as citizens through thoughtfully organized service that meets the needs of a community. It is integrated into formal or informal curriculum that students are participating in and adds time for reflection of the particular service. This learning method connects students with the community to actively engage their skills and knowledge, leadership, personal growth, and civic responsibility.
Examples of service learning projects from each division are provided. (See Course Syllabi below.)
The effectiveness of community service outreach and service programs was evaluated as a part of the Morehouse Comprehensive Program Review process for all Centers, Programs and Institutes.
See Comprehensive Program Review documents, External Review documents and Follow-up Reports below.