College Profile: Brevard College
Recycling paper and rolling it to make beads that become jewelry or decorative objects is one of the means by which Ugandan women are improving life for their children and themselves.
COURTESY BREVARD COLLEGE
Students enjoy the planet they study
Brevard College, founded in 1934 in Brevard, N.C., understands "global health" as referring not only to the health of people living in the world, but also to the health of the planet.
Each of the close to 650 students takes a general education course entitled "Environmental Perspectives," regardless of major and what degree they are pursuing, In addition to bachelor of arts and science degrees, Brevard also awards a bachelor of music.
In the required course, students explore environmental ethics, economics and policy, as well as an introductory discussion of environmental theology.
Brevard students wanting to explore these topics more fully may pursue degrees in environmental science or environmental studies. The latter interdisciplinary program allows for a fuller study of the role of religious and political groups in the United States and other countries in promoting responsible stewardship of resources to assist human flourishing.
An elective course in environmental theology examines environmental policies and initiatives of multiple Christian denominations and world religions.
One unit of that course looks at poverty in Uganda and how programs such as "Bead for Life" improve the health of Ugandan women and their children through improved working conditions, income and housing, as part of this unit, students learn how to roll beads from recycled paper. They then serve the community by conducting bead-rolling workshops for local Boys and Girls Clubs and other after-school groups.
Brevard students not only study the environment, they learn to enjoy it through weekend outings to the nearby Pisgah National Forest, DuPont Forest, Green River and French Broad River. Pre-trip skills clinics prepare students to survive and thrive in the outdoor environment.
The Rev. J. Richard Peck