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  or 316-619-9633.

Please view the Friendship Fields Newsletter created by Friends University alumna, Rosemary Miller – March 2016.

Friendship Fields Rally

High school students, join us for our Friendship Fields Leadership Rally at Friends University. Learn more about special-needs students and to discover volunteer and job opportunities.

Friday, April 21
9:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost is $5 and includes lunch.

Session topics include:

  • Leadership in clubs and organizations
  • Cognitively-impaired students
  • Blind and visually-impaired students
  • Volunteer and job opportunities
  • Physical impairments
  • Autism and Asperger’s
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Deaf and hard of hearing

Special education students will also have breakout sessions specifically designed for them to learn how to advocate more effectively and be more involved in their IEPs.

Contact your counselor to sign up for the Friendship Fields Leadership Rally.