Elmhurst students pitch in to help residents of Chicago's West Side.
As the Jane Addams Social Justice intern, Jenna Stutz conducted research into educational inequities and reform efforts.
Sara Hynes, the Rosa Parks Social Justice intern, helped start a conversation about mental health on campus.
Open to Elmhurst students in any major, the Social Justice Project at Elmhurst College's Niebuhr Center for Engagement and Reflection is designed to educate students about social justice issues and motivate them to alleviate suffering brought about by systemic injustice.
Project participants learn about social responsibility through service projects, justice events, and meaningful dialogue with other participants.
Local, National, Global Engagement
They also find real-world opportunities to address social injustice in our local community. Every fall, for example, students spend a day learning about a neighborhood in Chicago and doing service with the community members.
Over J-Term the Niebuhr Center, in collaboration with The Center for Professional Excellence and the Center for Health Professionals, take a group of students to Montego Bay, Jamaica to work with children in an orphanage, called Robin's Nest. They spend time learning about the culture and community and then participate in projects that contribute to the well-being of the site.
In the spring, students travel to an urban city (such as St. Louis, Detroit, Indianapolis, etc.) to learn about the issues and injustices facing that community. Students then participate in community service work to help alleviate some of the suffering caused by those injustices.
Each year, the Social Justice Project sponsors one student intern.
The Social Justice Projects build on the Niebuhr Center’s core commitment to justice in the tradition of Reinhold and H. Richard Niebuhr, Elmhurst alumni and leading social ethicists of the 20th century.
The Niebuhr Center for Engagement and Reflection encourages Elmhurst students to learn about social responsibility and to share their concerns about human rights. To learn more about how you can get involved, please contact us.