Lafayette College Takes a Liberal-Arts Approach to Community and Economic Outreach

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Lafayette students and faculty members, working with farming families in Honduras, talk with U.S. coffee buyers about the quality of Honduran beans.

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