"Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
-Harriet Tubman
Join us for our Advocacy and Social Justice
Summer Internship Showcase!
Start thinking about summer internships! 

The JCU Summer in the City Internship opportunities cover the topics of homelessness, advocacy, service, solidarity, and social change. Nine 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, immersive experience will place students with a nonprofit community organization in Cleveland involved in advocacy work to address these social issues. Students will use their internship experience to prepare a research project for the organization that promotes social change. Interns also receive a stipend for their work. Internships are open to all undergraduate and graduate students.

Join us on Wednesday, November 11 from 7:00-7:45 pm on Zoom to
  • Hear from past interns about their experience
  • Learn how to apply - these are paid internships!
  • Ask any questions you may have about the Summer in the City Internship

Visit THIS LINK for more information and to apply for a
2021 Summer in the City Internship!

Questions? Email service@jcu.edu
Voting Information: 6 Myths About Voting
With the election eight days away, CSSA Student Leadership Team member Erin Kipp has tackled six voter myths. Here are six myths and the facts about the election and voting based on last Friday's Instagram takeover!

Myth: National elections are the only ones that matter.
Facts: Not true! Elections are important on every level in order to maintain our voice as constituents. State and local elections also only differ by a few votes, and when you vote on this level, you assure that you are putting someone in a position that you think will serve you well, in the places close to home. 

Myth: All of the news is too biased to be able to get any reliable information. 
Facts: Although you can find biased news sources, there are many acclaimed journalists who present the facts on policies if you are willing to look for them. It is also good to stay up to date on both sides so that you have all the information. 

Myth: Mail in voting favors democrats. 
Facts: Mail in voting, certainly in times of the pandemic, is relevant and can be trusted for anyone who feels unsafe going to the polls. It in the past has resulted in election wins from both parties and does not favor either side.

Myth: Voting machines are rigged.
Facts: Aside from the fact that there is not a way to do this, machines being rigged is simply a conspiracy theory.

Myth: The predictions are always right.
Facts: As has happened in the past, the predictions can always be wrong which is why no matter what side you think is going to win, you should go out and vote!

Find more information from The Washington Post and Global Citizen. Have myths you want fact-checked that aren't listed? Email us at service@jcu.edu and we will answer all of your voting questions!
There's still time to request your mail-in ballot!!!
Find out about absentee and/or early voting where you live at nass.org! Select the state where your permanent address is located in the dropdown menu, and you will see the steps you must take to request your mail-in ballot and the important voter deadlines in your state.

Need to know when your mail-in ballot request form is due? Visit usvotefoundation.org to find a list of election dates and deadlines for your state.

For those of you living in Ohio, visit Frank LaRose, Ohio's Secretary of State's website to print your Ohio Absentee Ballot Request form.
Ohio's Absentee Ballot Application Deadline is:
  • Received by noon, Saturday October 31
Your Absentee Ballot Return Deadline is:
  • Postmarked by: Monday November 2, 2020
  • In-Person: Received by Tuesday November 3, 2020 7:30pm EST
Help Staff Your Local Polling Place
America is facing a record shortage of poll workers this year due to the Coronavirus. Most poll workers are over the age of 60 and, in the era of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, fewer are signing up for the job. Our democracy depends on ordinary people who make sure elections run smoothly and everyone's vote is counted. You can make sure we have a safe, fair, efficient election for all.

Check in with 5 people about their
plan to vote

Friends help friends vote! Check in with 5 friends or family members about their plan to vote and identify resources as needed. Then, send us a picture at service@jcu.edu or tag us in an Instagram post (@jcu_cssa) of you holding up 5 fingers to represent the 5 people you checked in with. Share with us your plan to vote!

In anticipation of the 2020 presidential election, ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY examines the often overlooked, yet insidious issue of voter suppression in the United States. Interweaving personal experiences with current activism and historical insight to expose a problem that has corrupted our democracy from the very beginning, this documentary offers a look into laws and barriers to voting that most people don’t even know is a threat to their basic rights as citizens of the United States.

Watch the film via Amazon Prime on your own by the night of Tuesday, October 27th. If you do not have an Amazon Prime account, you can start a free trial and temporarily gain access to the documentary. Afterwards, join a Zoom panel-led discussion starting at 9PM on Tuesday, October 27th to share questions and comments on the film. Register here and they will send you the access info to join the Zoom discussion the day prior to the event. Suggestion: watch the film at 7:00 pm so it is fresh in your mind for the discussion.

In the fall of 2019, Cleveland passed Right to Counsel legislation supporting tenant representation in eviction court. This panel session will walk through the research and data examining eviction, and how data tied into the advocacy effort to support right to counsel.
When: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am
Living the Mission Episode 4: The Full Experience
This week on CSSA's Living the Mission podcast with Delaney and Caroline, we present Episode 4: The Full Experience with CSSA's very own Carolina Kane and Blake Yoho. Episode 4 centers around the theme of collaboration. Like most good things, collaboration challenges us to dig a little deeper in order to grow. Listen to learn more!

You can also listen to Living the Mission on Spotify, Overcast, Anchor, Google Podcasts, and Apple Podcasts
Register for a Service-Learning Course for the
Spring 2021 Semester
Service-learning is a form of experiential education that supports deep learning. Learning occurs through a cycle of action and reflection as students work with others through a process of applying what they are learning to community problems, and at the same time, reflecting upon their experience.

  • Student benefits of service-learning include enhanced opportunities for learning, and personal and social skill development. Students gain increased knowledge of academic materials, their communities, and themselves.
  • Through their service-learning activities, students apply classroom knowledge in practical settings to enhance their understanding of class materials

Spring courses are available for viewing! Be sure to look for the SLC course attribute when you're planning your schedule!

Questions? Email service@jcu.edu
Upcoming Virtual Panel Discussion: From Jesuit Schools to Peace Corps
Discover the benefits of Peace Corps service from Jesuit school alumni and returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Attend this event to learn about challenging, rewarding, and inspirational moments from their service. Ask questions about the Peace Corps service experience, and gain tips to guide you through the application process. This event is hosted through Career Services.

When: Thursday, November 5, 2020
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Volunteer Opportunity: N.E.S.T. Mentoring Porgram
Take Ch9rge is looking for support with their virtual Mentoring program called N.E.S.T. (nurturing-everyones-success-today).  Since 2001, their primary focus has been youth football and cheerleading, but they are expanding their opportunities this year.

Contact Charles Dorsey, Director of Take Ch9rge at c.dorsey@takech9rge.org with questions.
Our #MyMagisMessage for the week comes from CSSA Student Leadership Team member, Drew Kleinmann, a senior Accounting major and Entrepreneurship minor from Buffalo, NY! Drew has served with Fatima Family Center, Refugee Response Farm, LMM, Griot Village, and St. Thomas Aquinas School.

If you had to state your life mission off the top of your head, in one sentence, what would it be?
I want to surround myself with people who will bring out the best in me and to be a person who brings out the best in others.

One theme that this last year of college during a pandemic has shown me, is that you need to cherish the things you love to do. Doing service and being around CSSA has been a staple of my time at JCU. When I think of "magis" and doing more with the life we have, I think serving others couldn't be more fitting. The good feeling I get when I set up an event like Jesuit Day of Service (JDOS) or drive a group of students to do service as a liaison is one I really don't get many places. So recently with the pandemic going on, I have strived to find that good feeling in any way I can. Even though that might just be through little things like helping out my grandma, FaceTiming an old friend, or picking up laptops to drop off at the LMM Men's Shelter, the good feeling of serving someone else is SO worth it. As the student leadership team at CSSA says, try to keep the positivity wave alive in these times so that we can "live the magis" and keep serving those who are hurting the most.
Wednesday, October 28 .... Eviction Webinar | 10:30 - 11:30 am
Saturday, October 31 .... Ohio Absentee Ballot Request Deadline
Tuesday, November 3 .... Election Day
Wednesday, November 11 .... Summer Internship Showcase
Sunday, December 6 .... Early Action Deadline for 2021 Summer in the City Internship Applications
Sunday, January 31 .... Regular Decision Deadline for 2012 Summer in the City Internship Applications
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
JCU Center for Service and Social Action
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