As an integral part of a Jesuit Catholic university education, the John P. Schlegel, SJ, Center for Service and Justice awakens hearts and lives of solidarity to build a more just world. The SCSJ seeks:
A. To involve students in direct service with persons who suffer and experience injustice in order to awaken the desire and develop the capacity to act with and on behalf of people experiencing poverty and marginalization;
B. To promote and facilitate education and understanding of causes of domestic and international poverty and injustice and the moral obligations and principles for social and political action found in Catholic Social Teaching;
C. To promote student participation in advocating public policy and organizing on behalf of justice together with persons and groups locally and around the world active in bringing “the justice of the Gospel to society and culture” (Jesuit Social Apostolate mission statement, Rome 1998);
D. To form leaders for service and justice;
E. To promote and encourage the building of communities of faith, service, solidarity and justice while at Creighton and beyond.
Values and Assessment
Solidarity and Diversity
University Learning Outcome: Students will work across race, ethnicity, culture, gender, religion and sexual orientation.
SCSJ Goal: As part of the SCSJ Service & Justice Trips, student participants and coordinators will listen to stories from and work alongside persons who suffer injustice and marginalization (especially with those priority groups identified by the US Jesuits: forced migrants (refugees, migrant workers, undocumented immigrants), inner city populations (racial minorities, elderly, homeless, persistently poor), indigenous peoples, and the globally destitute (more than 800 million people who go to bed hungry each night).
Objective: After a SCSJ Service & Justice Trip, student participants and coordinators will identify one relationship with someone who they consider different from them (culturally or socio-economically).