Strengthening Communities Around the Globe

South Africa

Community has meaning on two levels at Mercer — internal and external — and in both the University excels. At Mercer, students, faculty and staff relate to one another in an environment that inspires collaboration, support and respect. Strong bonds are formed between faculty and students and between colleagues. This kind of community promotes active mentoring and a work and study environment where people flourish.

The external community – cities and neighborhoods where students, faculty and staff live and serve – is also important at Mercer. Whether it is investing in the revitalization of historic neighborhoods and conducting voter registration drives in Macon, fueling economic development in cities throughout Georgia, or rebuilding communities in post-Apartheid South Africa, Mercer’s contributions to communities are significant.

Mercer VillageMercer was one of the most decorated institutions in the nation on the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, released in October 2016. The University was one of only four finalists nationally for the Presidential Award in the economic opportunity category and received Honor Roll with Distinction recognition in both the general community service and education categories. Among Georgia institutions, Mercer was the only finalist for a Presidential Award and the only to be awarded in more than two categories.

“These recognitions are a testimony to the University’s commitment to helping students develop skills in servant leadership and civic engagement,” said Mercer President William D. Underwood. “We often say that at Mercer, everyone majors in changing the world, and that slogan is borne out by the thousands of hours Mercer students give back to the community through service-learning classes and volunteerism. Our faculty and staff are to be commended for providing the leadership and inspiration that mobilizes our students to make such a huge difference in the world.”

Over the past decade, the University has earned numerous awards and national recognition for community engagement. Mercer is one of only 361 colleges and universities in the country to hold the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The classification, first awarded in 2008, was renewed for another 10 years in 2015. The University was previously on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2014, 2013 (with distinction), 2008, 2007 and 2006.

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