In a commitment to social justice, COV hosts Social Justice Forums and advocacy opportunities for COV participants to gather as a group and learn about the justice issues and systemic factors which condition the need for service in the first place.
The goal of these activities is to create a justice-based framework through which students can process their service experience in an effort to bridge the gap between charity and solidarity. The forums are designed to raise awareness about issues which are directly tied to the work of our different community partners, and to examine the larger impact these issues have on the experience and social outcomes of the community members who face them.
The COV participants have the opportunity to build close relationships with the people they meet through service over the course of the semester, and the thrust of this social justice education is to emphasize that these personal relationships also demand of the participants larger justice commitments. In this, the hope is to redefine understandings of neighbor, collapse the globe, and shape future activists.
Monday, Nov 25th: Fellows Applications released
Tuesday, Nov 26th: Thanksgiving break begins, no service
Monday, Dec 2nd: Service Resumes
Thursday, Dec 5th: Mandatory Social Justice Forum, 6:30pm
Thursday, Dec 12th: Service Ends
Friday, Dec 13th: Fellows Applications due
Friday, Dec 20th: Fellows notified
Thursday, Jan 16th: Mandatory Fellows Orientation, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, Jan 21st: Service Begins
Week of Feb 17th: Mandatory Social Justice Forum, 6:30pm
Friday, Feb 28th: Spring break begins, no service
Monday, March 10th: Service resumes
Wednesday, April 16th: Easter break begins, no service
Tuesday, April 22nd: Service Resumes
Thursday, May 1st: Service Ends
To be planned: 4 reflections led by CMI’s (CST, community, simplicity, spirituality)
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