The MBA Service Club is a student-run organization that seeks to extend the MBA community beyond the scope of the school. The group performs projects designed to give back to the larger Nashville community and to help boys realize their own roles as leaders within our city and world. We hope that over time MBA gentlemen will learn to appreciate their relationships with others across the sometimes limiting lines of race, ethnicity, economic status, and other group identifications and to experience the value of working together towards common good.
As they grow in their involvement with the greater Nashville community, some boys are inspired to dig deeper into the work of our community partners, the neighbors served by those partners, the social justice issues surrounding the outreach, the financing of the work and other questions of importance to the well-being of citizens of Nashville. Likewise, after traveling abroad with one of our overseas partners, the eyes, minds and hearts of our boys are frequently opened to issues beyond our border.
The MBA Service Fellowship is founded with the intention of giving dedicated MBA Service Club members the opportunity to explore more deeply the work they do. Under the guidance of Ms. Williams and other faculty members, boys can take the work they have done to another level by engaging in a study of some aspect of that work and ultimately producing a final project that expresses what they have learned. The MBA Service Fellowship is intended to be a place of creativity, discovery, critical thinking, reflection and growth. The ultimate goal is to gain a better understanding of our community at large, a deeper insight into himself and to be better prepared to continue his role as an engaged citizen of Nashville and the world.
Students who complete the Service Fellowship process will earn the title of “MBA Service Fellow” and will be recognized at assembly and elsewhere.
What are the requirements?
Students within the Fellowship will engage in a deeper study of social, economic, equity and other issues within the service area they have already spent time in. Under the sponsorship of Ms. Williams, Dr. Rader and/or another faculty member, students will research their fieldwork area and report findings during informal weekly meetings with Ms. Williams.
Students within the Fellowship must identify and continue to build a partnership with an organization related to their research. For example, if a student is engaged in a hunger-related service project and spent his time at Loaves & Fishes prior to beginning the Service Fellowship, he is expected to continue to engage with a hunger-related service organization as he conducts research.
At the end of each semester, students within the Fellowship Program will present their semester’s research findings and work to the Service Club. This presentation should include an analysis of their experience, report of findings and recommendations for organizations working with the issues covered within the student’s Service Fellowship experience. If asked, participants should also be prepared to present their findings at assembly or to others within the MBA and greater Nashville community.
Finally, students will write a brief (2-3 page) reflection paper on their experience, addressing how their outlook on their area of service changed because of their Service Fellowship experience. Part of this paper will include answering the following question: How will I use this experience going forward?