Loyola University Maryland

Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ)

Learning Outcomes

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CCSJ is an office within Loyola's academic division, which reflects our philsophy that service is educational. The following outlines our learning outcomes for our students involved in community service, service-learning and justice education.

Mission Integration

  • Gain appreciation for the Jesuit Catholic education of the college, including Catholic Social Teaching and Ignatian spirituality
  • Gain knowledge of the social outreach priorities (Social Apostolic Ministries Priorities) for the Society of Jesus and their relation to the work CCSJ
  • Develop an understanding of the mission and guiding principles of CCSJ

Service & Service-Learning

  • Enhance academic learning and civic education
  • Develop and improve critical thinking and reflection skills
  • Learn about the many types of service e.g. direct and indirect service, social change, and solidarity
  • Approach service with an attitude of respect and equality
  • Learn that service can mean being present with people
  • Understand the reciprocal nature of service
  • Develop lifelong habits of service that make use of individual gifts and talents

Community Engagement

  • Learn about community, social responsibility and active citizenship in a democratic society
  • Become aware of and ask critical questions about current local, national and global concerns
  • Understand the dynamic nature of community life and that every member’s contribution is valuable and necessary
  • Become an active member in one’s community
  • Build relationships with community members
  • Demonstrate an openness to transformation through experiences with other communities
  • Understand how community nourishes one’s commitment to service and ongoing development
  • Be in solidarity with people who are materially poor or marginalized

Diversity

  • Increase awareness of societies, cultures, diverse worldviews, and perspectives
  • Recognize the assets (strength, wisdom, and aspirations) of other communities
  • Recognize the inherent value and dignity of each person
  • Develop relationships with people of diverse backgrounds and recognize the way in which these relationships enrich our lives
  • Acknowledge and appreciate the differences between other communities and one’s own

Justice and Social Change

  • Expand awareness and knowledge of local, national and global social justice issues
  • Imagine, define, and articulate a just world
  • Identify concrete ways to contribute to a just world
  • Learn about privilege (cultural, racial, gender, class, sexuality etc.)
  • Acknowledge the realities of people who are marginalized, especially those who are materially poor
  • Analyze one’s position in terms of privilege, power and oppression
  • Recognize injustice and the structures that cause and maintain oppression (e.g. racism, classism, sexism, etc.)
  • Understand how systemic oppression negatively effects individual lives
  • Recognize connections between one’s stereotypes and behaviors and how they may cause and maintain oppression and injustice
  • Expand knowledge of existing networks and groups working for social change
  • Identify unjust language and use more inclusive and just language

Spirituality

  • Identify core spiritual beliefs in relation to one’s service experiences
  • Enhance one’s faith and spirituality in relation to service and justice
  • Cultivate habits of discernment through one’s service experiences and faith/spiritual formation
  • Recognize the value of community in nourishing one’s spirituality
  • Act on the virtues of altruism, compassion and generosity

Personal Growth/Emotional Development

  • Develop knowledge of self through habits of critical personal reflection
  • Understand how service and justice activities can help to discover one’s meaning and purpose in life
  • Analyze one’s opinions, including stereotypes and prejudices
  • Challenge oneself to grow by taking risks and venturing outside comfort zones
  • Learn to collaborate effectively with fellow students, faculty and staff, and community members
  • Balance personal involvement in service with other commitments
  • Improve interpersonal and social skills

Professionalism (specifically for CCSJ Student Staff members)

  • Honor one’s personal and professional commitments
  • Be a positive role model in terms of behavior, dress, attitude and language
  • Improve one’s organizational skills of time management and planning
  • Develop leadership skills (communication, collaboration, affirmation, motivation, facilitation, delegation, evaluation, supervision, goal setting, and problem solving).