Educational Inequality and Opportunity Campus Challenge has met its Goals and has gone  'above and beyond'

This year the Campus Challenge has opened the gates wide for involvement. The response has been great! Our concrete goals  - 75-10-10-25 towards the alleviation of poverty and for educational opportunity - are being met and surpassed in an unassuming and amazing way. 

  • Over 75% of the campus was been involved;
  • Amherst students, staff, and faculty donated over 10,000 pounds of goods;
  • We  surpassed the $10,000 mark of financial donations to address poverty and educational opportunity;
  • Over 25% of the campus community engaged together around the values and beliefs associated with the issues of poverty and educational opportunity.

The Campus Challenge Committee gratefully thanks everyone –  staff, students and faculty  for their support of this effort. -- Paul Sorrentino and Sr. Chris Clark DHM, Co-chairs, Campus Challenge Committee

Video: Panel Discussion on “Educational Inequality and Opportunity”

Watch the April 17, 2013, panel discussion with Barry O’Connell, Professor of English; Vanessa Fong, Associate Professor of Anthropology; Ben Guest, Career Center Program Director & Careers in Education Professions Advisor; Karen Sanchez-Eppler, Professor of English and American Studies; and Luca Grillo, Assistant Professor of Classics.

Food and Educational Supplies Drives—SPRING Semester

We invite everyone to go "above and beyond" during this last stage of the Challenge. We continue to collect food and educational supplies around campus; some special drives will be carried out by teams and departments; and the Giving Tree is a great success for Sunderland Elementary School.


June 4 Employee Picnic

 For those attending the Employees' Picnic: please consider donating some educational supplies or some canned food when you come to the picnic.

April 1 through June 4, 2013  Fill-a-Truck Drive

Form friendly competition among teams, join a ‘tabling’ group, or donate individually. We will be happy to accept non-perishable food items and school supplies. Drop-off sites include: Alumni Gym, Barrett Hall, Cadigan Center, Chapin Hall, College Hall, Converse, Fayerweather, Frost Library, Merrill Science, Ponty Pool, Pratt, Seelye Mudd and Smith House.

Growing a Giving Tree

Look forward to something fresh. We are offering Giving Tree to benefit students at Sunderland Elementary School. Look for our table at Val and consider making a donation. Your gift, from one cent on up, will help the children have the snacks and supplies they need. We are at Val May 6-10, 11 am-2 pm and May 13-17, 11 am-2 pm.


Be Counted: Claim Your Donation April 1-June 4, 2013

Register your donation to Campus Challenge-sponsored drives OR TO ANY organization addressing poverty and/or educational opportunity. Complete a participation form online at The form may be submitted anonymously. Bonus: every participation form is entered into a drawing for $200 to be made at the end of April, 2013.

Amherst College CAMPUS CHALLENGE 2012-13

Briefly, the aim of the Amherst College Campus Challenge is to build community through actions that address a local societal need and through engagement in values and beliefs. Our specific societal-need emphasis for 2012-13 is poverty and educational opportunity. Visit for details. Our goals: 75% of Amherst students, staff and faculty participate in some way; 10,000 dollars are donated; 10,000 pounds of food and educational supplies are donated; 25% of Amherst students, staff and faculty engage around beliefs and values re: poverty and access to education

Even though our major drives this year were scheduled for spring, we made significant progress in the fall. We can reach these goals. The Campus Challenge Committee invites you to join them in making positive expressions of ways that Amherst staff, faculty and students relate with neighbors this year.