The Epic Centers help students focus their Epic Journey by connecting their interests and academics to real-world experiences (turning theory into practice).
The Epic Journey begins in the Center for Career Education, where the students work with career coaches alongside first semester Earlham Seminar faculty to identify their strengths and passions and make a plan for making the most of their Earlham experience.
Interested in entrepreneurship, healthcare, social justice or sustainability? Whatever their major or area of interest, students can dive deeper into these subjects and connect to transformative experiences and specialized advising through the four interdisciplinary centers. These centers are housed in the “CoLab” (short for “CoLaboratory”), a space that’s specially designed to encourage collaborative inquiry on significant national and global challenges of the 21st century.
Center for Career Education
The Center for Career Education helps provide a four-year framework that includes modules in the first-year seminar course, an EPIC 171 course, the Epic Advantage, community engagement opportunities, the Epic Senior Launch, and much more to encourage vocational discernment. Mentors, advisors, and coaches help students navigate all of the resources and opportunities Earlham has to offer. Career coaches are pivotal to Earlham student success. Each career coach leads a community based on academic and vocational interests of our students.
The mission of the Center for Global Education (CGE) is to empower students with a critically informed global consciousness through an array of on-campus and off-campus global learning opportunities. CGE helps students to become agents of sustainable and inclusive communities who are ready for lives of meaningful engagement in a globally interconnected world.
Programming includes semester-long and year-long off-campus study, and Faculty-Led Epic Advantage programs (link to Study Abroad section).
International Student Scholar Services are offered through the CGE. The International Student Advisors serve as a source of advice, support, and information on matters of immigration regulations, cultural adaptation, and practical concerns.
The challenges of our world require bold, creative solutions. The Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity helps you transform your passions, ideas and ideals into action through the lenses of ideation, design thinking and social entrepreneurship. If you envision a career in for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, or starting your own business, you can optimize what you learn in the classroom through the programs of the CEIC. Collaborating across disciplines, the CEIC supports Earlham’s mission to change the world for good by encouraging ingenuity and preparing students for rewarding and meaningful careers.
The Center for Environmental Leadership seeks to engage a diverse set of students in projects and programs exploring the interconnectedness of social and environmental systems, and to empower students to take leadership roles in developing creative and just solutions to problems within these systems in their future careers and communities. This Center includes Outdoor Education, Miller Farm (our on-campus sustainable agriculture farm), and Campus Sustainability.
Students who engage with the Center for Global Health are challenged to explore 21st-century global health issues using both interdisciplinary and disciplinary knowledge and perspectives. Expert career mentoring, internships and externships/shadowing, research opportunities, and volunteer service—in Richmond, Indiana, or halfway around the world—are invaluable ways the CGH helps prepare students for success in the competitive admissions in their chosen health fields.
The Center for Social Justice (CSJ) embodies one of the enduring elements of Earlham’s history and purpose: linking our passions for social justice to deep learning, engagement and purposeful futures. The CSJ helps equip students for lifelong engagement on social justice issues through initiatives that build skills and knowledge across the disciplines in and out of the classroom. Programs include CSJ forums, Peace and Justice week, Spring Lobby weekend, Latinx Heritage Month, Black History Month, and Women’s History Month celebrations, and much more.