Student Engagement Objectives
We seek to nurture a culture of service and activism on campus through programs and partnerships that develop and enhance an understanding of critical social issues,a deepened sense of civic commitment, and positive social change. For example:
NDNU Bonner Leaders Program - These student social activists are engaged to volunteer with NDNU's community partners for a minimum of 300 hours per year and, in return, are awarded up to $10000 in financial aid. Each Bonner Leader is trained on effective leadership techniques and is availed the resources to begin to question historical social injustices and to offer solutions for materializing equality wherever the opportunity may manifest. In essence, we are transforming students into informed community activists
School of the Americas Watch- This organizations sponsors and annual conference and vigil at the gates of Ft. Benning in Columbus, Georgia. Our participation keeps us connected with what is happening in Latin America, where Sr. Dorothy worked, and helps us stand and work in solidarity with the people there, still so besieged by human rights violations and to whom Sr. Dorothy was so dedicated.. The vigil at the gates, on the Sunday morning before Thanksgiving, remembers all those killed in the decades of violence that have accompanied the training of Latin American soldiers at Ft. Benning. We also attend a vigil on the preceding Friday at Stewart Detention Center, the largest ICE-run (but privately owned)prison in the nation, in nearby Lumpkin Georgia.
Alternative Spring Break- We seek to offer a passionate immersion experience, with a commitment to dynamic community engagement during spring break. The Center for Spirituality has organized these the past two years: 2012, Apopka, Florida and 2013, Matagalpa and Mulukuku, Nicaragua. More to come!