At United Methodist-related institutions of higher education, you don't just exercise your mind. You also engage your heart. These communities provide an environment where students are able to analyze social structures while developing a robust faith and interpersonal skills needed to improve systems perceived to be unfair.
At Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, they're doing things a little differently to help young students make college a reality. With the belief that a college education is one of the great equalizers, they offer a 4-day residential camp for middle school students to start dreaming big.
As much as we all may have complained about having to wake up early to catch the school bus, or staying up late to finish papers and projects, we still had the privilege to go to school. But for many others, receiving an education is still one of the most widely and systematically violated of all human rights.