Friendship Fields

Friendship Fields

Making friends and creating college experiences

Friendship Fields is a program associated with Friends University that allows college-age adults with disabilities to experience college life while also offering Friends University students the opportunity to work with special needs students. Students enroll in Friendship Fields because they want to go to college and Friends University truly believes lifelong learning and social interaction is important for everyone.

Approximately 15 special needs students participate on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year and follow a curriculum that focuses on life skills, people skills and social interaction with college students. Dr. John Taylor teaches about music with Dr. Hetherington in vocal music and Karen Scroggins teaches art.

Friendship Fields students also regularly interact with other Friends University student volunteers, including many of the athletic teams. College-type activities include visiting practices and athletic games, hanging out and playing games with student athletes, having dinner in the student dining hall with Friends students and attending an occasional school dance, among many others.

The Friendship Fields program is not only helping special needs students with their desire to experience college life; it is transforming Friends University students’ lives. For more information on Friendship Fields, please contact Valerie Wall, Friendship Fields Director at wall@friends.edu  or 316-619-9633.

Please view the Friendship Fields Newsletter created by Friends University alumna, Rosemary Miller – March 2016. You can also view the April 2017 newsletter.

Friendship Fields Academy

We’re excited to offer three summer sessions of fun and learning for anyone 18 years or older with a cognitive disability. Instructors include local experts in each area. Learn more on the Friendship Fields Academy page.