The Clarkston-Rollins Connection (ClaRC) is a one-year community engaged learning program open to all Rollins students interested in ethical community development from an asset-based perspective, community engaged learning, and working with refugee populations.
The program makes its home in Clarkston, Georgia, recognized by TIME magazine as, "the most diverse square mile in the country."
Clarkston was identified as an ideal relocation city in the late 1980s. Today, approximately 31.8 percent of the population is foreign born. As a community with multiple refugee populations and a diversity of long-time American-born residents, it is an optimal place for public health students to practice ethical and responsive community engagement.
The ClaRC program consists of a weekly seminar course (PUBH 602) facilitated by instructors and supported by the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows as well as weekly service in the community (a minimum of 10 hours a month). Participants in ClaRC provide volunteer service to organizations that support the various populations that live in Clarkston (including, but not limited to resettled refugee communities). There are no prerequisites for participating in ClaRC other than being enrolled as a Rollins student. The program will show up as a non-credit S/U course on your transcript.