More than 130 Creighton students will be spending spring break, March 8-16, 2013, on service immersion experiences in 18 host communities across the country. The Service and Justice Trips program sponsored by the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ) is an integral component of service-learning at the University.
Student service projects are varied and include working with established ministry groups and parishes, Habitat for Humanity and other nonprofit organizations to facilitate better understanding of diverse cultures, provide service or advocate for social justice.
Examples of activities include going to the Native American reservation in Winnebago, Neb.; building houses with Habitat for Humanity in Stroud, Okla. and Sioux City, Iowa; working with underserved, economically marginalized and homeless populations in Omaha, Albuquerque, Denver and Chicago; and working on community outreach and advocacy in Minneapolis.
"At the heart of these trips are our seven pillars or fundamental principles that students embrace while experiencing these service-learning opportunities. They include service, justice, solidarity with our hosts, simplicity and sustainability, community and reflection," said Ken Reed-Bouley, director of the CCSJ.
The Creighton community will send these students off with a mission ceremony at 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, at St. John's Church.