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“How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be?”-  Vincent Van Gogh

At Barrett, The Honors College we ask ourselves the very questions that Van Gogh pondered. How can we be useful? How can we be of service to our community? How can academic pursuits and service be combined for the good of our college and community? What do we have to offer?

Barrett students, faculty and staff are committed to answering these questions and finding paths to service. Students participate in community service and social entrepreneurship. They give their intellectual talents, time, energy and capabilities in many ways – from creating social ventures that assist the less fortunate in our community to cooking meals for families at the Ronald McDonald House, from helping clean up a riparian area near downtown Phoenix to teaching elementary school children to read, play instruments, and act in theatrical productions, and more, honors students are constantly giving back to their community. Likewise, Barrett staff and faculty participate in many philanthropic activities, including fundraising events for non-profit organizations, school beautification projects, clothing and school supply drives, and community dialogues aimed at finding solutions to pressing societal issues.

As a college, we at Barrett pledge to foster and support service initiatives for the betterment of our community. On this page, you will find more information about our community service efforts.

Community Dialogue

Rep. Richard Andrade - The American Military and the Withdrawal from Afghanistan
After two decades of occupation, the US military withdrew from Afghanistan at the end of August. Since conscription ended with Vietnam, the American experience of war is distant and disconnected. On Thursday, November 4th at 6pm in the Vista Theater, Barrett faculty member Benjamin Y. Fong will sit down with Rep. Richard Andrade, Air Force veteran and current member of the Arizona House of Representatives, to speak about what this momentous occasion means in the broader context of American foreign policy.

Community Service Projects

Both Barrett staff and faculty participate in community service projects throughout the semester. Click on each project to view a photo gallery of our continuing efforts to serve our community. Please check our event calendar for upcoming community service projects here.

Student Life – Service

To be a member of Barrett, the Honors College, is to be a member of a community of scholars dedicated to engaging in service that enriches the local, national and global community. Through meaningful volunteer activities, Barrett students are ambassadors outside the walls of academia where they build rich personal and professional relationships.