Honors College Office of the Provost

k(no)w poverty? Week of Service | 2021

 

Mission Statement


The Week of Service program is dedicated to education, justice, and service. We seek to bring awareness to the causes and consequences of poverty at the national, state, and local levels. We empower students to live with empathy and compassion and to build relationships as their most authentic selves with each other and their communities. The Week of Service is a call to action: to better our community through understanding, advocating, and helping others who need it most.

 

Why Poverty?


Auburn University Honors College adopted the theme of poverty as a means to raise awareness for both its causes and effects across the state of Alabama, the United States of America, and the world to its students. This program is designed to give incoming Honors College freshmen first-hand experience with poverty at a local level. The program is both enlightening and challenging, developed thoughtful conversation and personal reflection for all its participants. Overall, previous students consider the week to be an “impactful, eye-opening, and transformative service-learning experience.”

FAQs

What other activities are available besides service projects during the week?

The Week of Service also includes activities such as film reviews and discussions, educational activities, lectures from guest speakers, and social opportunities.

Will I have any free time during the Week of Service?

While we do have a busy schedule, there are times during the day where participants will have free time as well as optional activities where participation is not required.

What items do I need to bring with me for Week of Service?

As you are preparing to move to on or off-campus housing for the school year, keep these items in mind specifically for Week of Service:

    • Closed-toe shoes
    • Sunscreen
    • Bug spray
    • Clothes you don’t mind working in/getting dirty
    • Personal bag (such as a drawstring bag)
Do I need a car to participate?

No, participants are free to drive and carpool, but transportation will be provided for those without vehicles.

Do I need to live on campus to participate?

No, any incoming Honors College freshman is eligible to apply.

Will I get to move into my actual on-campus room if I participate in the Week of Service?

Housing will send out specific instructions on when and where to get your room key.

Housing move-in registration is open. What should I Do?- Register or not?

Yes, register for move-in as usual. If you choose to participate, the Honors College will notify you and place you on a modified early move-in schedule.

Are meals provided during the Week of Service?

Some meals are provided during the Week of Service. A schedule will be provided that clearly indicates when and where meals and snacks will be provided. Participants with special dietary restrictions will be accommodated as much as possible. There will be limited dining options available on-campus during the week.

• Will I have the opportunity to do other university activities during the Week of Service (i.e. marching band, sorority recruitment, etc.)?

The Week of Service runs all day with a combination of mandatory and some optional activities. In order to fully experience the program, it is recommended that participants not be involved in any other activities during the week.

What is the k(no)w poverty? Week of Service class? How do I enroll?

This optional class is a 1 credit hour pass/fail Honors College participation course held in the Fall semester. See Course Offering: HONR 1087.

At the time of registering for Week of Service, you will indicate if you would like to be enrolled in the course for the Fall 2021 semester. Honors College staff will then place students in the course. This class will remain closed throughout Camp War Eagle (CWE) since only participants are eligible to be in the class.

Is there a cost associated with Week of Service?

Yes, in order to provide this service-learning experience, participants are responsible for a $40 programmatic fee. This fee helps to cover expenses such as meals, a t-shirt, reservations, some activities, and transportation.

For those who are moving on-campus early, there is a separate Early Housing Move-In Fee of $90 that will be charged directly to the student. Students living off-campus should be moved in

Get to Know Our Counselors


Head Counselors

Caleb Kirk

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Hometown: Muscle Shoals, Alabama

Major: Chemical Engineering

Favorite Toothpaste: Native Charcoal

Maggie McGuire

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Hometown: Cullman, Alabama

Major: Biomedical Sciences (Pre-Optometry)

Favorite Toothpaste: Crest 3D White

Stephen Morris

Hometown: Cordova, Tennessee

Major: Political Science (Pre-Law)

Favorite Toothpaste: Colgate MaxFresh

Counselors

Avery Bates

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Hometown: Andalusia, Alabama

Major: Animal Sciences (Pre-Veterinary)

Favorite Toothpaste: Colgate Total Health

Benjamin Fisk

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Hometown: Frankewing, Tennessee

Major: Software Engineering

Favorite Toothpaste: Crest Pro-Health

Braeden Olson

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Hometown: Muscle Shoals, Alabama

Major: Biochemistry

Favorite Toothpaste: Crest Charcoal

Caden Garrett

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Hometown: Albertville, Alabama

Major: Software Engineering

Favorite Toothpaste: Crest 3D White

Cady Pridgeon

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Hometown: Auburn, Alabama

Major: Software Engineering

Favorite Toothpaste: Colgate Optic White

Juan Luis Contreras

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Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Favorite Toothpaste: Colgate Optic White Stain Fighter

Matt Murray

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Hometown: Forest, Virginia

Major: Animal Sciences (Pre-Veterinary and Microbiology)

Favorite Toothpaste: Crest 3D White

Meg Clark

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Hometown: Milton, Georgia

Major: Environmental Engineering

Favorite Toothpaste: Crest 3D White

Sam Prickett

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Hometown: Montgomery, Alabama

Major: Finance and Pre-Medicine

Favorite Toothpaste: Scooby-Doo Bubble Gum

Advisor

Taylor Mitchell

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Honors College Campus & Community Events Coordinator

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Registration and Move-In Information


Registration will open Thursday, July 1 at 12PM-noon CST.

The Week of Service is limited to first 100 participants registered so we encourage you to register as soon as you know you are interested. In order to provide this service-learning experience, participants are responsible for a non-refundable $40 programmatic fee. This fee helps to cover expenses such as meals, a t-shirt, venue reservations, some activities, and transportation for those who need it.

This program requires early move in. For those who are moving into housing on-campus, there is a separate Early Housing Move-In Fee of $90 that will be directly charged to your student account. Students moving into housing on-campus will have flexibility to coordinate move-in between August 2-6, 2021. Students living off-campus should be moved in and settled before the Week of Service kickoff event Sunday, August 8, 2021. Students living off-campus will need to arrange permission with their residencies (apartment owners, landlord’s, etc.) to move in before this date. Some places have different move-in dates.

Financial assistance is available for those who express documented need. Please email us for more information.

Last modified: July 14, 2021