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Dokimoi Ergatai (Doh-key-moy Air-gah-tie)

is a Greek phrase that means "Approved Workers." It is taken from 2 Timothy 2:15: "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth."

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Being an approved worker reminds us of our desire to become God's approved workers and is foundational to the following core value statements:

  • Sharing the Gospel of Christ in life, word and deed so that others may come to know him.
  • Fostering lifelong commitments to Christian vocation and servant-leadership through peer and advisor mentoring and discipleship to Christ.
  • Integrating our work and Christian faith by making wise use of gifts and abilities to serve the underprivileged around the world.
  • Demonstrating God's love through creative applications of our academic disciplines that meet human needs while valuing local culture.
  • Cultivating long-term partnerships with the communities we serve, to gain deep understanding and achieve sustainable results.

Strategic Commitments

  • Our projects are academically and professionally challenging, and they enable students to express Christian faith and value commitments through excellence in their academic discipline. 
  • Our students share project leadership and administration responsibilities with educators, and learn by seeing their professors and mentors in action.Burkina Faso Site Team
  • Our educators connect their scholarship directly to student learning by making hands-on professional contributions to projects as mentors and members of project teams.
  • Our Christian discipleship intentionally reflects on learning experiences, to sharpen vocational vision, foster servant-leadership, and nurture courage to act on convictions.
  • Our project teams include students from multiple years of study for increased peer mentoring.
  • We include multiple academic disciplines and partner organizations with their various modes of thinking and analysis for comprehensive outcomes.
  • We are committed to projects that can span multiple generations of students to attain tangible and sustainable results.
  • We integrate Collaboratory programming into curricula, to increase both participation and academic engagement by connecting Collaboratory work to faculty and student loads.