The College of Liberal Arts serves communities around the state, nation and world with outreach activities. Through engaging with community partners and exchanging knowledge across borders, we support Auburn University’s land-grant mission to improve quality of life. We instruct, assist and serve our communities through summer camps, educational development, health clinics, service learning, innovative projects and more. Across dozens of outreach projects, we strive to enrich lives and expand education for all.
The Department of Political Science has professionalized election administration, trained leaders in efficient election processes and aided developing countries in free and fair elections. Auburn partnered with the National Association of Election Officials, also known as The Election Center, more than 30 years ago. Throughout that time, election officials across the nation have been trained in election administration best practices. Associate Professor Kelly Krawczyk elevates that work to an international scale with her research, teaching and outreach work in Africa.
Across the state of Alabama, College of Liberal Arts faculty work to support K-12 education by sharing subject expertise and elevating community stories. Outreach activities include sharing women's history in person and online, supporting the creation of community newspapers, leading teaching workshops on the history of Selma and hosting voice and acting classes for K-12 students.
The Alabama Head Injury Foundation organizes the Bright Ideas TBI Camp at colleges and universities around Alabama. Auburn’s Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences champions the foundation’s mission on campus by creating a community of care for TBI survivors. After three days at the Bright Ideas TBI Camp, participants leave having received testing, counseling and occupational therapy from a multidisciplinary team. Participants also take away at-home exercises and technology to continue their improvement outside of the camp.
The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities is the heart of outreach in the Auburn University College of Liberal Arts. Established in 1985 to extend Auburn’s land grant mission, the center develops and offers programming around the state to cultivate lifelong learning and strengthen community ties. Through the center, generations of Alabamians have explored collective experiences, values and identities through the creativity of the arts and the wisdom of the humanities.
The clinic provides a full range of evaluation and treatment services for clients of all ages. Located on the first floor of the Haley Center, in the heart of Auburn University’s campus, the facilities include three audiometric test booths, an electrophysiologic test room, 15 therapy rooms with observation and a group therapy room.
AUPSC is a training clinic that provides therapy and assessment services for children, adolescents, adults and families in the Auburn-Opelika area. The AUPSC provides quality mental health services to the community, trains future professionals and furthers knowledge through research. Services include therapy, psychological assessments and treatment through several specialty clinics.
The AEDC offers evidence-based treatment, typically cognitive behavioral therapy, which involves regularizing eating, in-session weight monitoring, learning new ways to cope with distressing thoughts and urges about eating/body image, and out-of-session practice exercises. Treatment plans are based on evidence and the client’s unique needs. Treatment typically lasts 20-25 weeks.
CARTT is an intensive preschool program that uses behavioral, research-based instruction to address the individual needs of children with autism spectrum disorder in the Auburn-Opelika community. The center also offers a range of behavioral consultation services to individuals and schools in the surrounding area and serves as a training clinic for students.
PCIT is an empirically supported intervention for the reduction of behavior problems in young children. During PCIT, parents work with a graduate clinician supervised by a licensed psychologist to learn play therapy skills to enhance their parent-child relationship. Parents also work with therapists to manage child behavior at home using behavioral principles.
DBT is an empirically supported treatment aimed at improving problematic patterns in emotion regulation, impulse control, interpersonal relationships and self-image. DBT Skills Group offers skills training in mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness. These skills are aimed at helping individuals address existing behavioral, emotional and interpersonal problems.