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, philosphers, social neuroscientists, and scholars from many disciplines. Students then apply what they have learned by going into local partner 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 four schools to grow compassion at the roots.