Amanda F. Matney, Brooke M. Smith, Margaret E. Stemnock


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 and Living Cohort (BCSJLLC) strives to help students understand the importance of social justice and its impact on communities while providing students with opportunities to grow as leaders. The cohort integrates the Marianist ideals of learn, lead, and serve with service learning opportunities. This fall we participated in the first annual Book Buddy Program with the Cleveland Elementary School. Each member of the LLC provided a new book for a student in grades 4, 5, and special education. We also shared our own personal literacy story with our Book Buddy. All BSCJLLC members were trained by its community partner Project READ to tutor students in K-8 and young adults. Project READ then placed us in tutoring positions at Holy Angels, an elementary school, in the Dayton Early College Academy (DECA), a college preparatory high school, where we assisted students with improving their reading skills. The service learning experience provided a perfect blend of classroom knowledge and community service. Our cohort experience, training, and service learning assignments have resulted in a greater insight into the Marianist values of lead, learn, and serve and why service is strong component to building a just society.

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Matthew D. Archer

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Stander Symposium project

Research exercise: Learning as a Way of Leading