"Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world."
-Roald Dahl
Election day is tomorrow!

For those in Ohio, find answers to FAQs and your polling location here. If your primary residence is outside of Ohio, visit Vote.gov or Rock the Vote for more information on voting in your state.

Who are the candidates running for other elected positions? Take five minutes to do your homework quickly and easily. Simply type in your address at https://www.vote411.org/  and learn where candidates running for office in your community stand on the issues. You can print or email the information to use as a reference when you actually vote. Only candidates that appear on your ballot will be listed.

Did you request your absentee ballot but have not yet mailed it back? Ohioans can still drop off their absentee ballot at their county's Board of Elections by the close of polls tomorrow. This is the case for many other states as well! Visit usvotefoundation.org to find a list of election dates and deadlines for your state.

You can find nonpartisan guides about the political candidates and issues at Vote Smart or Campus Election Engagement Project.
Election 2020 Resource Guide from CSDI

CSSA would like to share with you CSDI's Election 2020 Resource Guide, a collection of resources to help you with difficult conversations, self-care, empowerment and support. We hope these resources are helpful, and we encourage you to share any additional materials and tips with each other and with us. 
Join us for our Advocacy and Social Justice
Summer Internship Showcase!
It's not too early to 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 sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduates 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
Fostering Civil Discourse

The election season has been anything but civil and now we need to find a better way forward. The issues that most demand democratic discourse today - questions of race, belonging, justice, and the common good - can provoke strong emotions, trigger old wounds, and spark controversy.  Many of the challenges to democratic discourse include political and cultural polarization and a media environment where positive models are scarce. How can you engage respectfully, thoughtfully, and civilly, even when others hold very different perspectives from your own perspective? Take a few moments to gain some skills for this important aspect of your life.

Divided We Fall: Unity Without Tragedy

PBS video, Divided We Fall: Unity Without Tragedy brings ordinary citizens together to wrestle with the complex issues that divide our nation. Breaking out of partisan echo chambers to listen to one another, the participants - equal numbers of whom strongly approve and disapprove of President Donald Trump - explore what it means to be an American.  

Post-Election Support for Facilitating Difficult Conversations: The Election is Over - Now What?

After any election, it’s important to remember that our civic duty does not end at the ballot box. No matter who we supported or voted for, we need to continue to find ways to engage respectfully across differences and find common ground. 

6 Effective Tips for Post-Election Civil Discourse:
  1. Respect others’ feelings and points of view.
  2. Speak from your own personal experience and don’t speak for others.
  3. Do not judge the feelings and thoughts of others.
  4. Respect confidentiality.
  5. Share “air time” so one person doesn’t monopolize the discussion.
  6. Agree to disagree if you cannot find common ground.

Learn more and have other tools to develop your own skill at civil discourse by exploring this page from the Anti-Defamation League
Living the Mission Episode 5: A Fierce Love
This week on CSSA's Living the Mission podcast with Delaney and Caroline, we present Episode 5: A Fierce Love with Chris Knestrick, Executive Director of NEOCH. Episode 5 explores the roots of connectedness and how the group value of common purpose entails working in unison with shared aims and values. Hear Chris tell a story about common purpose from his time working in Colombia. 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
Post-Grad Volunteer Service
Interested in volunteering for a year of service after graduation? Join Campus Ministry as four recent graduates share their experiences in different agencies both domestically and internationally! Campus Ministry will be hosting a virtual panel this Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 2-3pm ET. We invite you to join on Zoom to hear their stories of service and solidarity.

The following Monday, Nov. 9 and Tuesday, Nov. 10, Catholic Volunteer Network will be hosting virtual gatherings of different service organizations. All are welcome to stop by Campus Ministry to pick up a copy of the volunteer book, Response, or you can download a virtual copy here.
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 Program
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, Jordan Spradlin, a junior Exercise Science and Psychology major from Pittsburgh, PA! Jordan has served with St. Francis grades 5-8 Math Tutoring, YouthAbility Spinning Class, Roxboro Middle School Tutoring, Thomas Jefferson International Newcomer's Academy, and BHGH Summer in the City Internship.

If you had to state your life mission off the top of your head, in one sentence, what would it be?
I want to put a smile on as many peoples' faces as I am able.

Being now in my third year of college, the question of "what do you want to do?" and "who do you want to be?" is coming up more and more. Every time I get asked this question, I give the same answer: "Well, I should go to grad school and do something." As you can see, not a whole lot of thought goes into that answer. It is very bland, simple, and not specific or in-depth. There are so many things that I want to do, but I still haven't quite figured who I want to be. 

Service at Carroll has allowed me to explore so many different areas that I have grown to be very passionate about. The Labre Project has gotten me more interested and educated on the struggles of people experiencing homelessness; YouthAbiity has reminded me how much I love working with special needs populations; and all of the tutoring programs have shown me that I really do love working with kids in multiple capacities. All of these experiences are guiding me into becoming who I am and who I want to be.

I want to be someone who does something.

While I am not 100% sure what that something is yet, service over the past couple years has shown me that I am capable of making even the smallest impact in someone's life. I want to continue making that impact and helping others do the same. I want to be someone for and with others. I want to be someone, and service is helping me grow into that someone.
Tuesday, November 3 .... Election Day
Wednesday, November 11 .... Summer Internship Showcase
Monday, November 23 - Sunday, November 29 .... No Weekly Service, Thanksgiving Break
Monday, November 30 .... Weekly Service Resumes
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
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