Centered in the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching in dialogue with the contemporary Jesuit commitment to a faith that does justice, the Center for Service and Social Action educates for justice by offering opportunities for learning through service and advocacy. The Center connects the campus with the community through sustained partnerships that enable us to realize the Jesuit goal of developing well-educated men and women who understand what it means to stand in solidarity with those living in poverty and on the margins; to engage in ongoing reflection; and to build a more just and humane society.
Through service-learning experiences and service opportunities students will:
- Apply and deepen course knowledge through engaged experiential learning.
- Gain increased knowledge of community issues, needs, strengths, challenges, and resources.
- Develop competency to challenge uncritical assumptions about the lives of others, especially those living in poverty and on the margins.
- Cultivate a habit of reflection about the meaning of service in their lives and how their service experience informs their vocation.
- Develop an awareness of civic responsibility and the importance of community engagement.
- Engage in advocacy work that fosters solidarity, promotes the common good, and contributes to social change.
- Engage in activities that advance the promotion of justice and social action.
- Develop a greater understanding of others’ lived experiences through sustained, personal interactions.
- Communicate skillfully in multiple forms of expression.
- Cultivate a lifelong habit of service as members of the John Carroll University community and as alumni.