Graduate Student Service Initiative
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Loyola University's Jesuit identity is what largely sets it apart from other institutions. Perhaps as you researched graduate programs found this to be of value and may be partly why you chose to attend Loyola. Loyola's mission, as well as the mission for the Center for Community Service and Justice, can be found below and clearly outlines the Loyola difference of living as men and women for and with others.
“Loyola University Maryland is a Jesuit Catholic university committed to the educational and spiritual traditions of the Society of Jesus and to the ideals of liberal education and the development of the whole person. Accordingly, the university will inspire students to learn, lead and serve in a diverse and changing world.”
“The Center for Community Service and Justice engages students and the broader Loyola University community in education through service for a just and equitable world. We are committed to collaboration with community partners and to involvement with people who are marginalized, especially those who are materially poor. Our work is inspired by, and flows from, the Jesuit Catholic educational mission at Loyola University that calls for a dynamic integration of academic excellence, social responsibility and faith that serves justice.”
- Reconcile our differences
- Attempt to understand different political viewpoints
- Believe that our city can be safer
- Live not as individuals but as members of a community
- Break the cycle of poverty
- Transcend and broaden our viewpoints
- Respond to the environmental dangers which threaten our planet
- Seek world peace in a world fractured by division
- Connect to one another
- Live in solidarity with those most in need
- See the faces of our sisters and brothers as the face of God
~ Father Timothy Brown, S.J.
September 2003, Opening,"Why Service" lecture series
This Initiative has taken shape as part of Loyola's desire to continuously incorporate the Jesuit mission into graduate programs on a deeper level. As mentioned above, you have carefully chosen this institution, maybe in part for its commitment to service and justice. This Initiative will hopefully allow you to pursue your hopes of further developing yourselves as men and women for and with others.
- Continuously extend the Jesuit mission of service and justice to graduate student of the Loyola community
- Make more information regarding Loyola service opportunities available to graduate students
- Provide a Web site that offers information on opportunities and waysto personally prepare for your service, reflect on your experience and provide an evaluation (also known as the P.A.R.E. model)
- Provide opportunities for graduate students to work together outside the formal classroom to foster more of a connection to the greater Loyola community
- Become a pioneer among Jesuit schools in engaging the graduate community in service
Loyola recognizes that graduate students’ time is limited by family and work. Your life experiences and needs are unique. Therefore, when the initiative began, an online survey was developed that was completed by roughly 250 graduate students about what they were looking for in a service experience. The results have been compiled and events are periodically planned with those results in mind.
Over the past couple years we've participated in Habitat for Humanity, Beans & Bread, Our Daily Bread, a tree planting project, a school painting day, Christmas Superstore, Harford House Thanksgiving dinner, CARES Food pantry, and more!
Continue reading for more specifics about the current opportunities offered!
FALL 2012 EVENTS:
Encounter El Salvador (Applications due September 14th)
Join a group of 15 Loyola students, professors, staff, and administrators and graduate students in this unique 10-day immersion program to El Salvador. We spend most of our time in the capital city of San Salvador, meeting with various groups, visiting important sites and making personal connections with Salvadoran people. We also spend a weekend in a rural community; where we stay with families in their homes, learn about the community’s history and the work going on there now. See the website for details.
Loyola is unique in seeing service as a means of education. Therefore, Loyola advocates using the P.A.R.E. model, which stands for Preparation, Action, Reflection and Evaluation.
This Web site will enable you to walk yourself through these steps. Hopefully this comprehensive and educational approach to your service experience will be beneficial. Please click here to learn about P.A.R.E. Model
Visit the Resources section of this site.