Imagine what a more empathetic and compassionate Transylvania County might look like.

Davidson River School’s Rebound program and Brevard College’s Teacher Education program have partnered to co-host a community screening of the documentary film, REJECT. This feature-length film will be shown in Dunham Auditorium at Brevard College on Tuesday April 4th at 6pm, with a panel discussion to follow.

Their goal in bringing REJECT to Transylvania County is to increase awareness about the consequences of interpersonal rejection, and promote discussion of solutions our community can develop, that promote behaviors of acceptance, tolerance, and inclusion of all students. 

Time To Talk:  Public Conversations, hosted by the local NAACP and local congregations run through March 23, 2017 and are opportunities to talk with your neighbors on a variety of scheduled topics.


initial project empathy gathering

Pedro Sandin shared a compelling essay on empathy in Brevard on August 23, 2016.


After sharing a meal, citizens asked themselves the following:

  1. What would encourage and/or support trusting and empathetic connections between individuals, groups, and communities in our county?
  2. What ideas do you have for action steps that we could take for no or little cost?
  3. If we had $1,000,000 to build empathy throughout the county, how would we do it?

Click HERE to read a compilation of the August 23, 2016 roundtable discussions.

Second project empathy Gathering

Pedro shared this essay in Rosman on December 1, 2016.  Click HERE to read a compilation of that evening's roundtable discussions.

what can I do?

While Project Empathy members are finding their way and developing a path forward, citizens can:

  • intentionally meet someone with a different background or culture
  • kindly reach out to each other, listening to reach understanding
  • imagine a Transylvania where we are all more connected and understanding of one another

who do I contact?

The Transylvania County Planning & Community Development Department is pleased to support citizen-led Project Empathy and post their information to this website. 

If you would like to join the group, contact the department and we will add you to the mailing/contact list.