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153 Creighton students prepare for Spring Service and Justice Trips

The Schlegel Center for Service and Justice embarks on its spring service trips next week.Student representatives from the Schlegel Center for Service and Justice at Creighton University embark on Spring Service and Justice Trips later this week.

Fanning out to 23 sites across the country, 153 Creighton students will take part in the week-long or half-week-long service trips, which seek to do service work and provide immersion experiences in underserved areas or among marginalized populations.

With 241 students participating in last fallís Service and Justice Trips, a total of 394 Creighton students took part in SCSJ service work trips for the academic year, a new record for participation.

"Certainly, our record numbers are significant, but the inspiring thing is what happens during and after the trips," said Ken Reed-Bouley, director of the Schlegel Center for Service and Justice. "Participants learn so much from our host partners and the people that they meet doing services; it's impossible for it not to have an impact on their lives. When they return, participants are able to apply what they learned on their trips to the local community and their studies. Some students may change their majors, but many are confirmed in their vocation path: to be educators, social workers, health care providers and business leaders who work for and with others, especially the poor and marginalized in our society."

Service this spring includes work with the homeless population of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Cleveland, community outreach in East St. Louis, Illinois, Montgomery, Alabama, and Minneapolis. Groups of students will also live and work with the Daughters of Charity among the Latino population of San Antonio, and on the Navajo reservation near Tuba City, Arizona.

An immersion program at the U.S.-Mexico border will also see students travel to El Paso, Texas, to learn about the challenges of immigration, migration, land rights, economics, and sustainability. An environmental immersion trip to Wheeling, West Virginia, gives students the opportunity to talk to advocates on both sides of the debates on energy consumption and production, and its environmental and human costs. An immersion trip to Memphis, Tennessee, will perform service work and walk in the footsteps of pioneers in the Civil Rights Movement.

Closer to home, four trips will take place in Omaha, including at the Siena/Francis House and One World Community Health Centers, with immersion experiences in North Omaha and among the refugee population in Omaha.

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