Tuskegee University and Macon County Bridge Builders Program
• TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY & MACON COUNTY BRIDGE BUILDERS PROGRAM CURRENTLY RECEIVING APPLICATIONS FOR NEW PARTICIPANTS
• ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS MUST BE MACON COUNTY RESIDENTS
• 9TH – 12TH GRADERS (LIMITED SPACE BASED ON GRADE)
• SELECTION BASED ON COMMITMENT TO PROGRAM GOALS
• LETTERS TO PARENTS FLYER CLICK HERE
• APPLICATIONS DUE FLYER CLICK HERE
• BRIDGE BUILDER FLYER CLICK HERE
To empower high school youth in rural Macon County Alabama to pursue theological leadership vocations in various sectors of religious life through the Tuskegee University and Macon County Bridge Builders Program.
The Tuskegee University and Macon County Bridge Builder Program is designed to deepen the faith of young people by helping them to think theologically about their lives as well as the challenges faced by the global community. The program will include: a Pre-program phase (January 2016 to May 2016), a 3-year Program phase (June 2016 to December 2019), and a 7-year Post-program phase( August 2019 to May 2026) The Pre-program phase will entail selecting the 50 high school students and conducting educational sessions with teachers, parents, and clergy about their program roles and responsibilities. The Bridge Builders Program is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc.
• To assess the perception of Macon County high school students about the relevance of religion, spirituality, and theology in their lives and their future.
• To facilitate the matriculation of high school students through high school, college, and selected seminaries.
• To design social support systems to assure and reinforce theological and praxis experiences during high school and continuing through college and seminary.
• To document the “lessons learned” related to the barriers and opportunities associated with spiritual formation and future engagement in theological leadership for African American youth living in Macon County and similar rural counties throughout the Alabama Black Belt.
Dr. David Hodge, is the Associate Director for Education and Associate Professor at the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University, the Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Healthcare, Science, and Humanities, and the Director of the Bioethics Honors Program. He has written three books, God of Our Silent Tears: Women of the Bible Healing Women of Today, In the Midst of My Tears: The Bible Speaks to Abandonment, Betrayal, Rejection, and Loss, and God of Our Silent Tears a Five-Week Journey. Dr. Hodge is presently in the research and writing stage of two books: Pragmatic Bioethics and Intersectionality: Public Health Ethics, Bioethics and Marginalization (Springer’s Press), and Jesus, Trust and Virtue Ethics: A Philosophical Theology of Trustworthiness (Scholar’s Press). He came to Tuskegee University from a sister HBCU, Florida Memorial University, where he gave leadership to the religion and philosophy department for almost two decades. In 2016 he moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he served as a part-time professor in philosophy at Georgia State University and as a guest lecturer in Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. From 2011 to 2016 he taught moral theory and bioethics at Nova Southeastern University and he has taught logic, philosophy, ethics, and religion at St. Thomas University, Barry University, Miami Dade College, and Broward College. His University of Miami Ph.D. dissertation Jesus the Virtue Ethicist: A Meta-ethical Anticipation of Moral Sentimentalism, Empathy, and Care has had a significant amount of readership worldwide. Dr. Hodge’s work continues to intersect the role of virtue, empathy, and care in our existential concerns.