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4 Pillars of ASE

The mission of the Alternative Service Experience program at Appalachian State University is to provide learning opportunities by engaging in meaningful service and dialogue. 

Service Together: Participants engage in mutually beneficial relationships with community partners to complete service that has the potential to be transformational for oneself and the partnering community.

Full Engagement: Participants actively engage in service and reflections while abstaining from drugs, alcohol, and excessive use of technology as a means to allow for full immersion in the experience. 

Thoughtful Dialogue: Meaningful conversations are encouraged through the inclusion of varying perspectives and daily reflections encompassing social justice issues, personal growth, and active citizenship in communities. 

Simple Living: An alternative lifestyle is approached in these programs, encompassing the principles of carbon neutrality, vegetarianism, and living on a limited budget for housing and meals. 

Contact Us

Rm. 138, Plemmons Student Union
263 Locust Street
Boone, NC 28608
Fax: (828) 262-8078

Summer Wisdom
Assistant Director
wisdomss@appstate.edu

Zack Beasley
Graduate Assistant
beasleyze@appstate.edu

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Alternative Service Experiences are one of many programs offered through the Office of Community-Engaged Leadership. Check out the Community-Engaged Leadership website to learn about other leadership opportunities!