Building the garden club at Sedgefield Elementary
Queens takes pride in the fact that students, faculty, and staff are active citizens impacting the Charlotte community, our country and the world. Queens's motto, Not to be served, but to serve" is weaved into the fabric of Queens. Our list of partners is impressive and the kinds of opportunities we offer for faculty, staff and students are varied. Here are a few of our signature offerings:
Service Learning: Our faculty (undergraduate and graduate) are encouraged to incorporate service as a learning tool into their curriculum. We have students that do community work in Charlotte as well as internationally through course study. The McColl School Executive MBA students work on a consulting project for a local not-for-profit during the summer between their first and second years. This allows them to give back to the community by employing their highly sophisticated management techniques to help solve an organization's problems. The majority of Queens's students study abroad and a service component is included in most trips. Whether it is student teachers, communication majors or accounting students, each is encouraged to learn through helping others.
CORE Program: Our Core Undergraduate Program is organized around the theme of ethical issues from the ancients to the moderns. Seniors take a capstone seminar called "Ethics," which pulls together all the elements from the previous three years: course work, the internship and the study abroad experience. The entire program asks students these questions: What does it mean to be a good person? What does it mean to be a member of a larger community?
Chapel: The Chapel at Queens is involved in a variety of on-going community projects as seen through a spiritual lens. The Chapel sponsors an annual spring break trip to Guatemala. A partnership has recently been formed with an aids orphanage in Cameroon. In addition to their international programs, the chapel holds on campus service opportunities that include Operation Sandwich which makes sandwiches and distributes them to local homeless shelters and Room in the Inn.
Greek Life: Greeks at Queens are breaking the stereotype of Greek life in the media and are using their organizations to better the community. The members of Alpha Delta Pi, Chi Omega, Kappa Delta, Phi Mu, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Phi Kappa Sigma, and Pi Kappa Phi do countless hours of community service each year. Some of the organizations that are aided by these Greeks are Ronald McDonald House, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Prevent Child Abuse America, Children's Miracle Network, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and PUSH America. Greeks at Queens go above and beyond in the area of service.
Athletics: As part of the University's mission to serve others Queens Athletics encourages it's student-athletes to actively participate in the surrounding Charlotte community. Student-athletes are encouraged to give their time and support to a multitude of causes throughout the Charlotte area, and are always looking to be ambassadors of Queens. Coaches acknowledge and utilize the value of their teams focus on serving the community and work to create connections with areas of high need. Teams and individual student-athletes volunteer by mentoring elementary students, visiting local hospitals, providing free sports lessons, and various other projects. Teams also work to raise awareness and funding for specific causes that have an impact at both the local and national level. Some examples of these events include: Play For Kay (breast cancer awareness) in Women's Basketball) and Lax 4 Life (adolescent suicide awareness) in Women's Lacrosse.
Clubs and Organizations: Queens has over 70 clubs and organizations on campus. Many of these organizations champion a specific cause or effort. The Build 4 Cause club takes an annual trip each year to New Orleans to help rebuild the devastation that has taken place due to Hurricane Katrina as well as a service spring break trip to help Sandy victims. The human and community service club hosts multiple events on campus and around Charlotte. The Rotaract club has hosted walks in Myers Park to help and eliminate polio in the world. Student's passions around various issues are supported through our clubs and organization network.