Cabrini University Hosts Human Trafficking Symposium

Cabrini University recently hosted experts on human trafficking to speak at a daylong symposium. The aim of this symposium was to fight to eliminate human trafficking by raising awareness about human trafficking. The symposium included discussions with experts and a keynote address from Peak Kim, the former chief of a human trafficking unit for the Delaware County District Attorney’s office.

The symposium is sponsored by The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Cabrini’s Engagements with the common Good Human Trafficking class. In addition to the speakers at the event, organizers “will be accepting donations of gift cards, underwear, feminine hygiene products, and travel sized bottles of shampoo/soaps.” Donations will go to the Covenant House, the Salvation Army’s New Day to Stop Trafficking Program and the Cabrini Closet which supplies rescued victims of human trafficking necessary clothing items.

To learn more about this event, visit Cabrini news.

Loyola Marymount Professor Uses Graphic Design to Promote Social Justice

A professor at Loyola Marymount University is using art to promote social justice throughout her classes. Saeri Cho Dobson, associate professor of graphic design, teaches her students that graphic design is a medium that has the opportunity to persuade its viewers. When Cho came to LMU she was inspired by their Jesuit mission of promoting social justice so she began to partner with the Center for Service and Action which connected her with nonprofits in Los Angeles.

Cho centered her design entrepreneurship class on a final student project that incorporated social justice work. She explained how a group of her students “worked with the Lamp Community in downtown Los Angeles, which has art and music programs for homeless people. The students developed a project to design a portable, solar-paneled cell-phone charger for homeless people, who aren’t always welcome in cafes or restaurants as a place to charge their phone.” Cho hopes that her students learn they can foster community and a commitment to social justice through their designs.

To read more about Cho’s class, visit LMU news.

Xavier Students Serve Others and Cheer on their Team

Xavier University students and alumni traveled once again to New York City to watch their basketball team play in the Big East Tournament. This is an event Xavier students look forward to each year, but not only because of the big game. Every year Xavier spends a night volunteering at the Four Star Soup Kitchen on West 114th.  This year, students prepared, served food and cleaned at the site for about 100 people throughout the night.  The Soup Kitchen is there for people struggling to make it back on their feet and aims to give them a hand. The soup kitchen, which has been in operation since 1982, treats every person that walks in with dignity and respect, something that some of the visitors may not necessarily be used to.

One student volunteer noted how they, “love to come out to New York and go to basketball games, but it is also important to remember Xavier’s mission. We have to give back. We want to serve and be men and women for others.”

To read more about Xavier’s trip to New York, visit Xavier news.

Gonzaga University Students Serve across the Country

80 Gonzaga University students traveled to places across the country, as they do every spring, to serve others at nonprofit organizations through Gonzaga’s “Mission: Possible” program. “Mission: Possible” is a “program started in the late 1990s and sponsored by the University’s Center for Community Engagement, focused on student-learning and community impact.” Most college students spend their break relaxing from school work in warmer climates, but these 80 students had a desire to serve that took them across the country.

During these week long projects students worked at a large variety of places doing a variety of tasks. Some of these service sites include refugee resettlement centers, homeless shelters, working to help those affected by incarceration, and a variety of others. “Mission: Possible” has been a staple in the Gonzaga community for a number of years and it is evident that students continue to enjoy this opportunity to serve.

To read more about “Mission: Possible,” visit Gonzaga news.

Marian University Volunteer with Saints in the Streets

Students and staff from Marian University recently showed their dedication and support for their local community. Marian University volunteered for Saints in the Streets neighborhood clean-up sponsored by St. Anthony and St. Barnabas churches. The service work they did including pulling weeds, picking up trash, and raking leaves; tasks that may at times feel mundane but are very necessary. Saints in the Street attracts a large following of people that want to create a more pleasant community, including Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett.

Students noted that it “was awesome to see the community, including Mayor Joe Hogsett, come together to make our city a better place. Our goal was to clean the streets and make them look beautiful.” Local residents of the neighborhood also helped and showed their appreciation to volunteers.

To read more about Saints in the Streets, visit Marian news.

St. Edward’s Students Combine Academics with Service

St. Edward’s University emphasizes the connection between service and learning. Many students participate in various services that are closely connected to what they learn inside the classroom across a variety of majors. Recently St. Edward’s has taken time to highlight different work that students have accomplished during their time on campus.

One communications major was prompted on his freshman year to begin work on combating sexual assault. The student explains how he wrote a paper on sexual assault his freshman year which awakened him to startling statistics and laws that make it difficult for those affected to seek help and reparation. Deeply affected by this paper, he proceed to join “It’s On Us”, which is an action week hosted by St. Edward’s that is focused on sexual assault awareness and prevention. This week long event is great way for students to become aware of and then take action through the course of their academic careers as well as their lives, to combat sexual assault.

To read more about how St. Edward’s connects service and learning, visit St. Edward’s news.