Community Engagement

Community engagement

Our Foundations of Community Engagement

Community Engagement:

  • Considers assets of a community, rather than deficits, and only attempts to meet community-identified needs.
  • Requires approaching a community as a partner and fellow citizen, rather than a savior or servant.
  • Seeks to establish relationships between members of different communities, who collaborate and combine assets to strengthen each respective community.

Social Justice Focus Areas

  • Animal Rights
  • Arts & Culture
  • Civil Rights
  • Accessibility Resource Center
  • Earth and the Environment
  • Education
  • Food Security
  • Housing Security/Homelessness
  • Immigrant/Refugee Services
  • Mental & Physical Healthcare
  • Personal Development/Skills Training
  • Veterans Services
  • Youth & Family Services

Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a week-long immersion program designed for students to learn about communities that are challenged by social issues. Each trip is specifically built to encourage deeper understanding of social issues and one's personal responsibility to affect change within communities.

As a result of participating in ASB, students will:

  • Build rich relationships with community partners and peers
  • Discover more about themselves and the world they were born into
  • More fully appreciate the value of community in their own lives

Students can participate in one of five Alternative Spring Break trips, each with a focus on a social justice issue that uniquely affects that destination:

  • Selma, Alabama — Civil Rights and Race Relations
  • David, Kentucky — Education and Youth Empowerment
  • New Orleans, Louisiana — Disaster Relief and Urban Communities
  • Charlotte, North Carolina — LGBTQ+ Issues
  • Charleston, South Carolina — Food Security
  • Memphis, Tennessee — Affordable Housing

The Big Event

Knights in Action

Since its introduction in 1982 at Texas A&M, The Big Event has become the largest, one-day, student-run service project in the nation. The inagural Big Event at Bellarmine University will take place in 2021. Bellarmine students, faculty, and staff will come together to say “thank you” to our neighbors in the surrounding community. Knights will extend the long-standing tradition of hospitality by completing service projects such as yard work, window washing, and painting for residents of the community. Although The Big Event is a nationally recognized service project, our message and goal is simple- “one big thanks.”

The Big Event will become an integral part of the Bellarmine experience, creating lasting relationships between students, the University, and neighboring communities.

SGA RSO Service Requirement

Each RSO must either:

  1. host one service event for their members to attend per semester and log it.
  2. log two hours of service for each member of the RSO per semester.


Addie Rogers - Vice President of Community Engagement and Campus Culture