BCSJ is open to all majors!

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Building Communities for Social Justice

Make a difference in the world. Join the Building Community for Social Justice (BCSJ) ILLC, based on the Marianist principles of educating the whole person by linking learning and scholarship with leadership and service.  In this ILLC, you’ll participate in specially designed courses in first-year writing, history, religious studies, and philosophy that integrate academics with a social justice perspective.  Out of class, you will enjoy meaningful community activities that include conversations about social justice issues, the annual “Pennies for Peace” campus fundraiser, and student presentations at the Stander Symposium.  The centerpiece of the BCSJ is a12-hour service commitment with a local agency, completed in conjunction with your philosophy course. Together with faculty and residence staff, BCSJ students shape a community that truly integrates learning and living.

Students: Open to all students unless restricted by major

ILLC Coordinators: Margaret M. Strain, Lori Phillips-Young

ILLC Faculty:  Lori Phillips-Young, Margaret M. Strain, Kara Getrost, Katherine Schmidt, Colin McGuigan, William Johnston

Residence: Marycrest Complex

Shared Courses: ENG 100 (Writing Seminar 1) and REL 103 (Introduction to Religion) during the Fall 2014 semester and PHL 103 (Introduction to Philosophy) during the Spring 2015 semester.  Service projects are part of the PHL course.

Graduation Requirements: These courses meet graduation requirements.

Community Activities:

  • 12-hour service commitment with a local organization
  • Personal attention and interaction with the faculty and staff
  • Social Justice Movie Night
  • Pizza Parties/Raffles and Social Justice Discussions
  • “Pennies for Peace” fundraising initiative
  • Service Learning Fair and Service Learning Projects
  • Stander Symposium Student presentations
  • Membership in the Social Justice Service Learning Organization
  • An opportunity to live in Social Justice special interest housing during later years of college