Mackenzie L. Barron, Wei Guo, Rachel N. Puslat


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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. Its primary mission is literacy and all BSCJLLC members performed service learning in the community by tutoring. All members of BSCJLLC were trained by the LLC's community partner Project READ to tutor students in K-8 and young adults. Project READ then placed us in tutoring positions at the Cleveland Elementary School and the Holy Angels Catholic Grade School. Rachel worked with third graders at the Cleveland school by helping them with their reading and vocabulary skills using a variety of strategies including flashcards. Wei and Mackenzie spent their time at Holy Angels Catholic Grade School and helped students with their reading and vocabulary skills as well as homework in other subjects. We felt our mission was to not only tutor but to be encouraging and demonstrate positive attitudes towards education. All of us enjoyed tutoring the students and we came to not only appreciate the opportunity to apply the Marianist principles of lead, learn, and serve but, we all learned that it takes everyone in a community to contribute towards the progress of bettering our nation.

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Matthew D. Archer

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Research exercise: It Takes a Community to Ensure Equality