CCE is the place to:

Learn  Help students learn more about themselves through service to others.

Serve  Provide a vehicle and opportunity for members of the Emory community to live what they learn by understanding the importance of service.

Connect  Help make meaningful connections among the Emory community, the greater Atlanta community and beyond. 

Atlanta Urban Debate League (AUDL)

The Atlanta Urban Debate League is committed to providing excellent debate education programs, services, and opportunities to diverse students, educators, and members of the community by teaching, empowering, and equipping them with advocacy and life skills necessary to make a profound and positive impact in the world.  Visit the Atlanta Urban Debate League website to get involved.

Volunteer Emory organizes international, regional and local service trips that create meaningful student development experiences while Emory volunteers meet needs identified by various agency partners.

Alternative Breaks occur during fall, winter, and spring breaks and are a unique and important service opportunity because, unlike most forms of community involvement, the extended duration of these forms of outreach allow students to have a more profound impact on the community they serve. Multiple days of service immersion create an environment that allows students to contemplate the social justice issues that surround them and their place in change  current and future.

The Community Building and Social Change Fellowship engages a diverse group of Emory undergraduates in the study and work of community building in contemporary urban America. Through two semesters of academic coursework, the students are introduced to the theory and history of community building while acquiring skills such as survey design, data mapping, and project management. They then engage in a paid, 10‐week summer field intensive experience which, alongside site visits, small group meetings and public presentations, allows the Fellows to see first-hand the critical role that collaboration plays in the amelioration of some of the most intractable public problems.

Atlanta aims to increase the academic success rates of students with a larger goal of increasing the rates at which students successfully transition to and complete high school, equipped not only with a high school diploma but with the skills and knowledge necessary for college or a career. This cross-sector, multifaceted initiative focuses not only on what happens in school, but on conditions in the community, recognizing that external factors, such as housing quality and affordability, safety and crime, availability of affordable and nutritious food, environmental toxins and access to health care, all affect a child’s well-being and academic achievement.

Volunteer Emory's mission is to collaborate with agents of change for service projects and social justice work that promote learning about self and society. Volunteer Emory offers students the chance to engage with the community through weekly service trips, alternative breaks, large-scale special events, and social justice dialogues.

Visit the Volunteer Emory website for more information.

Project SHINE (Students Helping in Naturalization and English) connects Emory students with Atlanta area organizations serving refugees, immigrants, and new Americans. SHINE volunteers function as tutors or teacher's assistants in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, citizenship preparation classes or after school programs. For 24 hours each week, students support and get to know individuals who are trying to learn English, gain U.S. citizenship, succeed in school and become civically engaged. In addition, SHINE organizes educational and celebratory events to foster understanding, creative collaboration, and polycultural competency. To stay up-to-date on the latest developments and to learn more visit or contact Johannes Kleiner at

The Emory Center for Advancing Nonviolence (ECAN) is dedicated to the study and practice of effective and productive human interaction through nonviolent actions. ECAN is committed to reducing the use of violence in society and promoting more ethical and nonviolent decision-making to help create and sustain a more socially-just world. The Center combines an academic analysis of conflict with the study of strategies for promoting peace and justice.

What do we do?

Building on Dr. Bernard LaFayette’s expertise with the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and their application, the Center provides education and training programs aimed at promoting effective, nonviolent human interaction. Its pedagogical approach rests on the belief that nonviolence principles around communication, critical listening, and understanding have broad applicability to all human interaction.

For more information, please contact James Roland, the Director of Emory Center for Advancing Nonviolence ( or 404.727.0373

"Rather than focusing on preparing students for a particular job, service prepares students for practical community-based problem solving. It offers students an opportunity to explore the connections between the theoretical realm of the classroom and the practical needs of the community. As such, service-learning is inherently linked to a civic purpose reinforcing the skills of critical thinking, public discourse, collective activity and community building."