"If you want peace, work for justice."
-Pope Paul VI
Register for a Service-Learning Course for the
Spring 2021 Semester
Service-learning is a form of experiential education where 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 as they seek to achieve real objectives for the community and deeper understanding for themselves.

  • 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.
  • Service-learning is a form of experiential education that supports deep learning. 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 beginning today! Be sure to look for the SLC course attribute when you're planning your schedule!

Questions? Email service@jcu.edu
Voting Information: Q&A From CSSA
With the upcoming election on our minds, CSSA Student Leadership Team member, Ray Flannery, has put together some great voting Q&A facts. Here are some helpful tidbits of information about the election based on the questions we received last Friday via Instagram!

How do I become an informed voter?
The best way to do this is to review all of the candidates and all of the issues on your ballot ahead of time, before you visit the polls. You can independently visit candidates’ webpages or nonpartisan comparison sites for information. Here is a link to view your sample ballot based on your voting address.

Can I track my mail-in ballot status?
Yes, in most states and counties you can track your ballot status! Check your state's Secretary of State website to track your ballot. Here is a link to the Ohio directory of county tracking websites for mail-in ballots

What role will the electoral college play in this presidential election?
Winning the electoral college is the key to winning a presidential election through a majority of 270 votes. Most states (like Ohio) have adopted a winner-take-all setup, but a couple of states proportionally divide electoral votes based on the number of votes per candidate in their state. Here is a link to a webpage by the Library of Congress to read more about the electoral college process.

Want a visual for how many electors each state has?

Have questions that aren't listed? Email us at service@jcu.edu and we will answer all of your voting questions!
Did you 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.

Make sleeping mats for Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless using plastic grocery bags

Plastic bags are one of the worst wasteful single-use products. Instead of throwing plastic grocery bags away, try your hand at crocheting and make a plastic sleeping mat for someone experiencing homelessness. These plastic mats are more hygienic, water-resistant, and easily transportable.

Completed mats can be sent to NEOCH 216-432-0540

Be sure to send service@jcu.edu a photo of your mat!
The Role and Importance of Community-Based Organizations in Education 

When? Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 3:00pm – 4:00pm EDT
Join Georgetown University for a panel that will focus on the importance of community-based organization programming for students in K-12 grades, especially during the time of remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees will learn how community-based organizations support the educational and social-emotional development of students in Washington, DC.

No RSVP required. Click here for Zoom link. This event is hosted by the Center for Social Justice. Questions to Shanelle Roberson (G’21), CSJ’s Program Manager, After School Kids (ASK) Program, at shanelle.roberson@georgetown.edu.

Georgetown University's Education for Liberation Week
In collaboration with diverse campus and community partners, Georgetown University's Center for Social Justice Research coordinates Education for Liberation Week to raise awareness about both the challenges and celebrations within the current field of education. See the full list of offerings for Education for Liberation week here: https://csj.georgetown.edu/educationweek/

Advocating for state and federal policies to promote affordable housing and end homelessness is one of Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio’s core functions. For decades COHHIO has given voice to the underrepresented, fighting to end homelessness and ensure all Ohioans have a safe, decent, affordable home. Visit their website for more information about COHHIO’s advocacy on Federal Issues, recent updates, State Issues, the Ohio Housing Trust Fund (OHTF), and OhioVOTES.
Living the Mission Episode 3: Congruent Chaos
This week on CSSA's Living the Mission podcast with Delaney and Caroline, we present Episode 3: Congruent Chaos with Dr. Tracy Masterson, which centers around the theme of Congruence. Dr. Masterson is a clinical psychologist, associate professor in the psychology department, and teaches many of the child development courses at JCU. Listen in as Dr. Masterson speaks about congruence, how it begins with self-awareness, and examines how your actions are aligned with your values.

You can also listen to Living the Mission on Spotify, Overcast, Anchor, Google Podcasts, and Apple Podcasts
Footprints for Fatima Goes Virtual
There is still time to register for Footprints for Fatima! Proceeds from this event will help the Fatima Family Center provide food, supplies, and essential items to families in the Hough community whom they serve. All proceeds from registration fees, merchandise sales, and donations go directly to the Fatima Family Center and the Arrupe Food Drive.

Race participants have three days (October 23, 24, & 25) in which to perform in a 5K Run, 1-5 Mile Walk, or a 10K Run. An online race platform will track progress, times, and connect racers with each other. Information will be provided in an email to registrants.

Our #MyMagisMessage for the week comes from CSSA Student Leadership Team member, Ray Flannery, a junior Sociology major and Population Public Health, Spanish, Leadership minor from Hinckley, OH! Ray has served with Green City Growers, Griot Village, Roxboro Middle School, and is currently serving with Rainbow Connects at University Hospital. Ray has also experienced several one-time service opportunities and substitute drives to community partners such as Boys Hope Girls Hope and St. Martin De Porres High School.

If you had to state your life mission off the top of your head, in one sentence, what would it be?
I'm constantly trying to adapt and keep a level head while looking for ways to identify and accomplish my goals-- with a dose of creativity.

Service has been the through line of my JCU experience so far. From Living the Mission Day during Streak Week my first year to becoming a service liaison, I instantly fell in love with the ability to foster relationships with community partners alongside my JCU peers. I have loved getting to take the lead on several different service placements and throwing myself right into the thick of the task at hand- whether it be harvesting crops from a hydroponic garden or tutoring local students. I try to live the magis by identifying the best ways I can give the most of myself to the community. I have learned so many valuable lessons with CSSA and I truly cannot stress how much I appreciate the connections the Center has given me. My service experience before attending John Carroll was fairly limited but now, I have a renewed perspective on what it means to be a man for and with others and I have uncovered what I am truly striving to become.
October 19-26 .... Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice
October 23-25 .... Footprints for Fatima
Saturday, October 31 .... Ohio Absentee Ballot Request Deadline
Tuesday, November 3 .... Election Day
Wednesday, November 11 .... Summer Internship Showcase
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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