Service for the Sake of Service
By all accounts, Marymount is providing students with ample opportunity and encouragement to become engaged, global citizens with both hearts and minds of service. We have achieved our mission; we can go home each night satisfied at a job well done- right? While creating a culture of service and modeling this behavior for our students is commendable, is it enough to meet our goals? Do weekly volunteer programs and annual opportunities for service provide a platform in which students understand their responsibility for creating positive change and their influence in affecting true social justice?
Maintaining Motivation through the Muck and Mire of the Small College Ecosystem
Navigating through the politics and the interpersonal relationships can be hard when working at an SCU. How do we move past to support our students in the best way possible.
Walk 2 Vote: Student Empowerment through Civic Engagement
In 1971, the United States of America ratified the 26th Amendment to the Constitution granting the right to vote to 18-20-year-olds. The 26th Amendment was the fastest to be ratified in U.S. history yet young people consistently comprise the smallest active voting bloc. At institutions such as the University of Houston-Downtown (Texas) engaging students in politics including voter registration and turnout can be especially difficult because although it is a four-year, public university it is considered a commuter institution, with more than 14,000 primarily undergraduate students and one of the most ethnically diverse institutions in the nation. UHD is recognized as a federally qualified Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) which have historically low voting populations. Student leaders from UHD’s student government association have decided to take things into their own hands through a civic engagement initiative called “Walk 2 Vote.”
Democracy & Power Civic Engagement Training Program
This year Loyola University New Orleans was proud to partner with the Open Democracy Project to present the Democracy and Power Civic Engagement training. During this interactive training facilitated by Mr. Trupania Bonner, Founder of Crescent City Media Group and Project Coordinator for Open Democracy Project, students gained more in-depth knowledge about community advocacy and the electoral process. The training involves four main components: Census, Reappointment, Redistricting, and the Elections Cycl
THE ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY/PORT-DE-PAIX, HAITI, GLOBAL SOLIDARITY PROJECT
St. Thomas University, is the Roman Catholic, Archdiocesan university of Miami, FL. The Archdiocese of Miami has a 30-year “sister-diocese” relationship with the Diocese of Port-de-Paix, Haiti. Also known as the Northwest Department of Haiti, the Diocese of Port-de-Paix is the single poorest region in the poorest country of the Western Hemisphere. There are no paved roads, no public electricity, and little-to-no international NGO presence in this remote, rural area.
Voluntourism and Our Students: How Do We Avoid Creating “Barbie Saviors?”
The well-intentioned student globetrotter. They travel to Africa to volunteer as orphan caregivers for a week. They spend thousands of dollars to fly to Haiti to help build a school. This “voluntourism” can look great on the surface, but is it helpful or harmful for our students and these communities?