The Roots of Compassion and Kindness (ROCK)
ROCK promotes compassion, kindness, and empathy through education, action, and research. Launched in 2020, our instructors teach FGCU students about compassion, using the best insights from psychologists, philosophers, neuroscientists, and scholars from many disciplines. Students then apply what they have learned by going into local classrooms to share what they know through interactive activities: painting rocks, planting gardens, journaling, role playing, engaging in readers' theater, leading guided discussions, and spreading goodwill. Our program fosters positive academic and behavioral outcomes through strategies of empathy and engagement. We are currently partnering with five schools to grow compassion at the roots.
Read more about our program in our ROCK brochure, listen to our Director Dr. Roca and faculty talk about ROCK, its origins, and its high-impact practices in this video, and read testimonials from teachers, principal, and counselors at our partner schools.
See photos from our recent YAK Festival
Fresh from our fall classes!
Check out the work the Flamingo Group did this semester in Jamie Wilson's kindness class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql4i-FXvdGI
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