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Concordia College Announces New Program Funded By Stephens Foundation

Concordia will welcome the new program as a result of a partnership with the Stephens Family Foundation.
Concordia will welcome the new program as a result of a partnership with the Stephens Family Foundation. Photo Credit: Submitted/Concordia College
The Stephens Initiative for Service Learning at Concordia College was made possible by funding from the Stephens Family Foundation, directed to the college by Nick Stephens and Lisa Kunstadter, shown here.
The Stephens Initiative for Service Learning at Concordia College was made possible by funding from the Stephens Family Foundation, directed to the college by Nick Stephens and Lisa Kunstadter, shown here. Photo Credit: Concordia

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Concordia College has established a new program named The Stephens Initiative for Service Learning.

The new program is made possible by funding from the Stephens Family Foundation, directed to the college by Nick Stephens and Lisa Kunstadter, and will consist of academic study in the areas of social justice, economic sustainability, and globalization combined with an annual service learning activity. These activities will take place in a domestic or international location and will also be open to interested community members.

Rev. Joshua Hollmann, Assistant Professor of Theology and Director of The Stephens Initiative said, "This innovative initiative will focus on the head and the heart by combining academic reflection with real-world service learning experiences, instilling in our students a deeply held desire to serve.”

In order to raise awareness of the Initiative, Concordia will seek to develop ongoing partnerships with local congregations and organizations.

The Stephens Family Foundation was founded by Nick’s parents, John and Anna Stephens in 2003, with a focus both on education and on cystic fibrosis research and therapy.

“Our families have long valued service to others especially when it takes us out of our comfort zone and helps us to engage in the world in a meaningful way. When the opportunity presented itself to partner with Concordia to support such a cause, we were more than happy to join hands. Our hope is that this initiative provides meaningful opportunities for Concordia students and members of our community to become more actively involved together” said Stephens and Kunstadter.

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