January 2, 2011
Lafayette College Takes a Liberal-Arts Approach to Community and Economic Outreach
Students from Lafayette College are cultivating new cash crops with subsistence farmers in Honduras, working with hurricane-devastated residents of New Orleans to attract businesses to the area, and drawing up plans to encourage arts-related tourism in their college town.
Such economic and civic engagement would be commonplace at land-grant universities and engineering schools. But it is far less familiar at liberal-arts institutions like Lafayette, which has embraced such work as a