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Building Communities through Social Justice Learning and Living Cohort (BCSJLLC) is a freshman cohort experience whose mission is to promote service learning as a way of advancing social justice and the Marianist ideals of lead, learn, and serve. Members of our group performed service learning activities in two different ways and in two very different settings. Erin volunteered with Acclaim Hospice while Kara and Olivia participated in a one-day Peace Plunge sponsored by the Center of Social Concern. Acclaim Hospice is an organization that provides companionship and peace for terminally ill patients that have a prognosis of six months or less of life. The types of service activities that Erin performed included reading to the patients, talking to them about their life and watching television shows together. The Peace Plunge is a one-day experience that helps participants focus on inner and outer peace. The activities that Kara and Olivia participated in included visiting the Dayton International Peace Museum to learn how other countries around the world work to achieve peace. They also visited an art gallery that displays works of a local artist, James Pate. His work focuses on how African Americans have worked to reach peace in the past and how they are working to reach inner peace now. The gallery experience focused specifically on how African Americans are gaining peace through learning and embracing their history. This experience also addressed how important it is for young African Americans to embrace peace so that they see how they can turn away from involvement in gangs, for example. We saw that no matter how small an act of kindness is, it contributes to peace. Both service learning experiences offered the opportunity for inner and outer peace to us and to people in the Dayton Community.
Matthew D. Archer
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium poster
Crotty, Erin M.; Fry, Kara L.; and Thobe, Olivia C., "Research exercise: Finding Inner and Outer Peace" (2012). Stander Symposium Posters. 49.