Alexis Niekamp, Kilee A. Weiskittel, Meghan A. Winter


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.



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The Building Communities through Social Justice Learning Living Community (BCSJLLC) is a first-year program at the University of Dayton whose mission is to promote literacy and the advocacy of social justice through service learning in the Greater Dayton/Miami Valley neighborhoods. To help promote literacy in the community, we participated in the first annual Book Buddy Program with the Cleveland Elementary School. The BCSJLLC community partner, Project READ, trained the LLC students as tutors and then placed us with students in the Dayton Early College Academy (DECA). DECA's mission is to assist high school students to graduate and then attend college. At DECA, we worked with seventh grade students to help improve their skills in basic math, reading and vocabulary skills, fundamentals of science, and organizational skills. We found that as our service learning gave us the opportunity to develop personal relationships with the students and to provide much-needed assistance to the DECA teachers. Through this experience and the application of what we have learned in our cohort classes and tutoring training, we have gained a better understanding of the Marianist ideals of lead, learn, and serve.

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Matthew D. Archer

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Stander Symposium project

Research exercise: Illuminating the Issue of Literacy