"For there is always light, If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it." -Amanda Gorman, "The Hill We Climb"

January 25, 2021
Join us on Tuesday, February 2 at 4:00 pm for the virtual Celebration of Service Awards ceremony for the opportunity to recognize the following 2021 award recipients who have shown a demonstrated commitment to service and social justice: 

  • 2021 Curtis W. Miles Faculty Award for Community Service: Mark Waner, Ph.D., Chemistry Department 
  • 2021 Staff Community Service Award: Salo Rodezno, Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion
  • 2021 George B. Sweeney Endowed Campion Award for Service: Caitlin Drake '22 and Kathryn Zoller '23

Congratulations to all of our recipients, and we hope to see you virtually to celebrate! 
Streaming details to follow next week. Stay tuned!
Spring 2021 Service Registration Information
Get Involved! Engage in a wide range of activities serving children, youth, senior citizens, people experiencing homelessness, refugees, people with disabilities, and more. Service-learning students, you only have until tomorrow to register for service!

For students in a service-learning course:
  • Registration closes on Tuesday, January 26 at 5:00 pm
Voluntary Weekly Virtual Service
Registration Opens on Wednesday at 9:00 am!
Register Wednesday, January 27 for voluntary weekly service! Weekly service is a great way to get involved, meet new people and make a difference! Students tell us it is often the highlight of their week! Weekly service is a ten-week commitment over the semester. Explore a variety of available opportunities HERE.

For students interested in voluntary weekly service:
  • Registration opens on Wednesday, January 27 at 9:00 am 
  • Registration closes on Friday, January 29 at 5:00 pm

Do not miss your chance to register for service! To learn about, view, and register for available activities during these first two weeks, visit CSSA’s online registration system, GivePulse from 1/27-1/29!
Volunteers Needed!
Be a Part of CSSA's Online Lobo Learning Lab
As part of CSSA's virtual weekly service opportunities this semester, we are engaging with our community partners through our JCU Lobo Learning Lab, an after-school virtual hub for learning adventures & creative engagement for students grades K-12. The Lobo Learning Lab is a space for children to experience exciting and educational virtual after-school programming led by JCU students. JCU students will be developing engaging lesson plans and activities each week to keep children engaged and connected. Lend your time and creativity to this unique opportunity!

We are looking for JCU students to be weekly Lobo Learning Lab volunteer participants. Connect with, tutor, and engage with K-12 students in this weekly service opportunity! Grab a friend and be Lobo Lab leaders! Students can register now at our online registration system, GivePulse! Interested in voluntary service? Register by January 29, to be a Lobo Lab volunteer on GivePulse!
How to Register for Service:
To browse and register for voluntary service opportunities on Wednesday, follow the instructions below.

To explore and register for a weekly service opportunity, Explore GivePulse HERE

  1. Login with your JCU username and password
  2. Scroll through the Event Calendar to see the various opportunities to choose from
  3. Click on an activity to learn more (open activities appear in blue)
  4. To secure your spot, click Register -- Continue -- and Finish
  5. You will receive an email from GivePulse confirming your service registration details.

Having trouble registering and searching in GivePulse?
Contact us at service@jcu.edu or stop by one of our Service Advising Cafes!
Service Advising Cafes - Last Chance to Attend
There are only two more dates to attend a Virtual Service Advising Cafe! Need some help determining which weekly service placement will work best for you? Zoom in to one of our Virtual Service Advising Cafes this week or next week and meet with peer student advisors who can assist you and answer any questions!

Check the schedule below to speak to a peer service advisor and ask all of your questions about service!

Email service@jcu.edu with questions
Monday, January 25
Tuesday, January 26
Wednesday, January 27
Thursday, January 28
4:45 - 6:00 pm
12:00 - 2:00 pm
2:00 - 3:00 pm
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Zoom Meeting ID: 910 4995 6826  
Zoom Meeting ID: 971 8273 4072
Zoom Meeting ID: 932 7244 7366  
Zoom Meeting ID: 999 8347 0899
Registered Students,
Check Your Service Requirements!
Are you in a service-learning course this semester? Did you recently register for service? Make sure to check your JCU email to find out how to complete your service requirements. You received an email with details and instructions when you registered on GivePulse.

Background Checks - Be sure to sign up to have a background check completed if your service activity requires one. Read your email to find out. Background checks are being done for free but you must register in advance:
  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021 between 2:00 and 5:00 pm in the O'Malley Atrium - REGISTER HERE
  • Friday, January 29, 2021 between 12:00 and 4:00 pm in the O'Malley Atrium - REGISTER HERE

Pre-Service Workshop -  All students doing virtual service at JCU who DID NOT attend a Pre-Service Workshop In the fall must register for a Workshop during the week of February 1-4. Click HERE to register.

Still have questions? Email service@jcu.edu or call Amy at 216.397.4698
We are looking for applicants who embrace the JCU mission of being men and women for and with others! As a CSSA representative, Student Liaisons serve as peer service leaders as they facilitate a positive service experience for their fellow JCU students. This paid position allows you to do all this and gain professional experience! Federal Work Study eligibility is required. 

Do you embrace the JCU mission of being a "man or woman for others?" Do you enjoy participating in service and interacting with other students and the community? You can apply to be a student liaison too!

Responsibilities include:
  • Participating in the service activity
  • Serving as a CSSA ambassador for the community partner
  • Spring 2021: Hosting and facilitating service activities through Zoom

Click HERE to read more and apply!
Questions? Contact CSSA at service@jcu.edu
Deadline to Apply for CSSA's 2021 Summer in the City Internship Program is THIS SUNDAY January 31st!
Build advocacy skills, engage in community-based research, and explore Cleveland through an internship with CSSA's 2021 JCU Summer in the City Internship Program!

  • Regular Application Deadline: Sunday, January 31, 2021 at midnight (informed of your status on February 19, 2021)

The JCU Summer in the City Internship Program provides an opportunity for students to engage the issues of homelessness, advocacy, service, solidarity, and social change through this internshipNine paid internships will enable qualified students to explore the systems and structures behind many of the current social issues of our times. This ten-week, full-time, paid immersive experience will place students with a nonprofit community organization in Cleveland involved in advocacy work addressing these social issues. Students will use their internship experience to develop a research project for the organization that promotes social change. Interns also receive a $3,500 stipend for their work. Internships are open to all sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduates and graduate students.

Visit THIS LINK for more information about the JCU Summer in the City Internship!

Questions? Email service@jcu.edu
Should you apply? Find out why from past interns!

Explore our Summer in the City Internship Showcase website and hear from 2020 Summer Interns and explore their work, placement, and experience, and why this experience may be of interest to you!
CSSA is now hiring Community
Technology Ambassadors!
Connection is critical in this time of physical distance and remote teaching, learning, and working. Access to technology and digital literacy are urgent needs in the community. In an effort to bridge the digital divide in the city of Cleveland, JCU students are needed to provide assistance and support to build confidence and competence when it comes to the use and engagement of technology. 

Community Technology Ambassadors are placed by the Center for Service and Social Action with PCs for People, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the opportunity for all low-income individuals and nonprofits to benefit from the life changing impact of computers and mobile internet access. Ambassadors will provide direct outreach and technical assistance to individuals receiving services from the organization. Students in this position will complete paid trainings in order to effectively assist community members in applying for, accessing and utilizing technological resources. These Ambassador positions play an instrumental role in mitigating the digital divide in under resourced communities, particularly during this time of remote learning and employment. 

Applicants must perform work from the state of Ohio and be qualified for Federal Work Study. Experience with technology and ability to communicate professionally in verbal and written form is preferred. Contact Heather in CSSA with questions at hcraigie@jcu.edu. Interested? Apply HERE!
"Resolving to Become the People We Mean to Be"
A Conversation with Dolly Chugh, Ph.D.
The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion welcome Dolly Chugh, Ph.D., for a virtual "fireside chat" in conversation with Dr. Tiffany Galvin Green, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Dolly Chugh is an internationally recognized social psychologist and TED speaker and is the author of the book The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias. She is an Associate Professor in the Management and Organizations Department at New York University Stern School of Business. She has been named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by Ethisphere magazine.

This program is free and open to the public. Advance registration required.

When: Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Where: Zoom
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
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Our #MyMagisMessage for the week comes from Allison Grusha, a sophomore Cell and Molecular Biology major and Primary healthcare and Chemistry pre-med minors from Mineral Ridge, OH! Allison has served with Carroll Reads and Building Hope in the City.

If you had to state your life mission off the top of your head, in one sentence, what would it be?
"The willingness to take a chance and to make a conscious effort to make a difference in this world, no matter how big or small, is key in having the mentality that if you can dream it, you can do it."

As a sophomore student who is continuing with being remote at JCU for the spring 2021 semester, I have had a lot of time for reflection on how I have grown over this last year. I have realized looking into the eyes of adversity can be one of the most terrifying and stress-inducing experiences that can bring about feelings of loneliness and isolation. Despite our prior strengths, this fork in the road can define us by sending us down a positively constructive or devastatingly destructive pathway. Right when it appeared that my life was finally going to set sail as a transfer student, that’s when the beast of adversity showed its face. All of my excitement went down the drain with one simple email that was titled “COVID-19 Remote Student.”

Disappointment emanated from every inch of my body as my finally-fulfilled college career crumbled to dust right in front of my face. Genesis 2:7 states, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust on the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.” For me, dust doesn’t indicate the end for us, but often has to be present for the new to begin within us. This was when I was faced with two different paths to walk down. One path was to retreat into the all-consuming darkness with isolation clawing at my aspirations, which was bellowing "You’re going to accomplish absolutely nothing." The other contained a spark of light in the darkness, which although meek, was the catalyst for my perseverance. Although harder to walk down, I saw the potential in the spark of light to fuel the fire within me, so I chose to walk down that path without hesitation and never gave up, lost track, or faltered once.

Instead of getting devoured in the tedium that each day presented while being a remote student, I decided to take a step back and evaluate the scenario from an objective standpoint to see the best way that I can blossom. Amidst the isolation, I was able to respark treasured relationships with people in my past that helped me grow and develop into the strong woman I am today. I was accepted into a philanthropic sorority that is full of powerful women that not only are people I can rely on, but people that make me into a better me. I gained a deep value in connection, no matter how big or small, and reached out to my peers in my classes and that soon became friends. I was elected for leadership positions that I hold close to my heart. I was able to serve others by tutoring students to help aid them in their own academic journey. And most importantly, I never stopped dreaming.

As a future physician, my main deep-rooted desire as a leader is to help others and live by acts of service, which has always been one of the most important factors of my life. There is nothing better to me than seeing a smile on the face of a child or the spark of joy in an older person’s eyes. I am the type of person that enjoys bringing people together, whether it is to accomplish a task or hosting a social gathering to have fun.

There are many social and community problems that need to be addressed and it is our responsibility as young Americans to help by solving social issues here in our country, as well as the world. All these activities and experiences have given me the foundation and confidence to continue to build myself into a community leader who is an extremely motivated person that is well known for being optimistic and enthusiastic. I look forward to walking down the path that God has laid out for me, and the ability to reflect on how I have grown this time next year.
Tuesday, January 26 .... Registration Closes for Service-Learning Courses | 5:00 pm
Tuesday, January 26 .... "Resolving to Become the People We Mean to Be" talk | 7:00 pm
Wednesday, January 27 .... Background Check Fair #1 | 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, January 27 .... Registration Opens for Voluntary Weekly Service | 9:00 am
Friday, January 29 .... Background Check Fair #2 | 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Friday, January 29 .... Spring Service Registration Closes for All Students  | 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 31 .... Regular Application Deadline for 2021 Summer in the City Internships
February 1-5 .... Pre-Service Workshops and Orientations
Tuesday, February 2 .... Virtual Celebration of Service Awards Ceremony | 4:00 pm
Saturday, February 6 .... First Day of Spring 2021 Service
Sr. Katherine Feely, SND, Ed.D  | Director |   kfeely@jcu.edu   | 216.397.1966
Heather Craigie | Assistant Director, Student Development & Logistics|hcraigie@jcu.edu |216.397.6233
John Jackson  | Assistant Director, Community Partnerships | jnjackson@jcu.edu  |  216.397.1662
Carolina Kane |  Marketing Specialist |  cxkane@jcu.edu | 216.397.2024
Amy Bartter  |  Administrative Assistant |  abartter@jcu.edu  |  216.397.4698
Blake Yoho '22G  | Graduate Assistant |  byoho22@jcu.edu | 216.397.6283
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