Exceptional Students at SEU — #GivingTuesday
Part of our #GivingTuesday story series.
At SEU, we have a heart for all of God’s people. In addition to our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students, we welcome students to our campus in Pathways School of Excellence and the SEU Link Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program. We are also proud supporters of the Special Olympics and regularly host this event at Victory Field.
Pathways School of Excellence
In September of 2016, Southeastern University founded Pathways in response to a great need in the community for a strong educational center tailored for middle and high school students with intellectual disabilities.
The school offers academic programs infused with faith-based learning. All learning is fully customized for each student’s unique abilities. Pathways is housed in the middle of campus, surrounded by offices and classrooms used by faculty and students. The students of Pathways directly integrate into campus life as they dine in SEU’s on-campus restaurant, spend time outdoors enjoying the beauty of campus and attend many of the sporting events on campus. Furthermore, many of the programs on campus have also created innovative ways to participate in the development of the students at the school. Whether it be College of Education students serving as paraprofessionals or volunteers, art majors from the College of Arts & Media painting murals for the students to enjoy, or students volunteering to help with the Pathways students’ physical education time, all campus-based SEU students are encouraged to serve these young people.
As one of the only faith-based post-secondary transition programs in the United States, SEU Link has been designed to assist students with mild intellectual disabilities in making the transition from high school to adulthood. This program launched in the fall of 2018, and already SEU students are serving as peer mentors to Link students, making them feel welcome at SEU and helping them build their confidence in their ability to succeed.
This past October, Southeastern hosted the Special Olympics on campus. Most of the students from Pathways participated in the event, and additional participants from across Polk County traveled to campus for a day filled with fun and friendly competition. Southeastern students volunteered their time on that day to make the event a success and cheered on the competitors to ensure that our guests left feeling important and encouraged.
Giving to others gives us the opportunity to live out who were designed and called to be, and SEU abounds with opportunities, like these, to serve others.
It is because of generous partners like you that we can impact the future of our students, who in return impact our community and the world. By giving to Southeastern University and supporting our general scholarship fund, you invest not only in the life of a student at Southeastern but in the future of our communities. In honor of Giving Tuesday, please consider joining us to empower the call in our students’ lives by making a contribution on our Giving page.
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