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Winter Seminars

 

MANY PEOPLE TALK ABOUT WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE WORLD AND HOW TO FIX IT.

THIS YEAR, TAKE A JOURNEY FROM WORDS TO DEEDS.

 

Social concerns seminars are one-credit service learning and community-based learning courses with experiential learning immersion components imbedded within the course. Most immersion components take place during fall, winter, and spring break and involve students traveling to a variety of locations to engage social concerns topics within their contexts. Students examine social issues from a variety of perspectives, engage in mutually beneficial relationships with the community, read relevant texts, study the role of catholic social tradition (CST), and take ownership in building active learning communities throughout their educational experience within the seminar. We hope you will join us this year for such a journey.

Accepted students will receive email notification 7–10 days after the application deadline. Accepted St. Mary's College students need to register through the SMC/ND Co-Exchange Program.

Please note: the winter seminars have different application deadlines than the fall seminars.

 

Winter seminar locations

 

Social Concerns Seminar:

Church and Social Action: Urban Plunge 

The Urban Plunge is a one-credit experiential learning course designed to give students a brief but important opportunity to engage with communities experiencing poverty in U.S. cities. With sites in most major cities, students will spend 2–4 days in a city close to their hometown with the chance of spending time with people who face the challenges of poverty and those organizations and folks who work to support them and/or work to eradicate this inequity. Leading up to and during this immersion, students will examine the root causes of poverty in urban areas focusing on dimensions such as opportunity, race, mental health, faith-based efforts, gender, housing, criminal justice system, and employment and the role of the Church in responding to these needs. Immersions are in early January.

 

 

Social Concerns Seminar: Organizing, Power and Hope

Students are invited to experience the field of community organizing through this faith-based seminar in Chicago, engaging leaders from neighborhood organizations and churches who are actively responding to social needs. This seminar is intended for students with previous urban experience eager to sharpen their social analysis skills, and to learn new forms of ministry for adults committed to social justice.

 

 

 

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