BCSJ is open to all majors!
Building Communities for Social Justice
Make a difference in the world. Join the Building Community for Social Justice (BCSJ) ILLC, based on the Marianist principles of educating the whole person by linking learning and scholarship with leadership and service. In this ILLC, you’ll participate in specially designed courses in first-year writing, history, religious studies, and philosophy that integrate academics with a social justice perspective. Out of class, you will enjoy meaningful community activities that include conversations about social justice issues, the annual “Pennies for Peace” campus fundraiser, and student presentations at the Stander Symposium. The centerpiece of the BCSJ is a12-hour service commitment with a local agency, completed in conjunction with your philosophy course. Together with faculty and residence staff, BCSJ students shape a community that truly integrates learning and living.
Students: Open to all students unless restricted by major
ILLC Coordinators: Margaret M. Strain, Lori Phillips-Young
ILLC Faculty: Lori Phillips-Young, Margaret M. Strain, Kara Getrost, Katherine Schmidt, Adam Sheridan, Scott McDaniel
Residence: Marycrest Complex
Shared Courses: ENG 100 (Writing Seminar 1) or ENG 200H (Honors Writing Seminar) and REL 103 (Introduction to Religion) during the Fall 2013 semester, ENG 200 (Writing Seminar II) if required, and PHL 103 (Introduction to Philosophy) during the Spring 2014 semester. Service projects are part of the PHL course.
Graduation Requirements: These courses meet graduation requirements.
12-hour service commitment with a local organization
Personal attention and interaction with the faculty and staff
Social Justice Movie Night
Pizza Parties/Raffles and Social Justice Discussions
“Pennies for Peace” fundraising initiative
Service Learning Fair and Service Learning Projects
Stander Symposium Student presentations
Membership in the Social Justice Service Learning Organization
An opportunity to live in Social Justice special interest housing during later years of college