Thursday March 23, Mission Teach-In


Social Problems and Social Justice - A Service-Learning Perspective:

Time: 9:30am - 10:45am

Course: SOC 202-SLR / Advanced Social Problems

Instructor: Dr. Raquel Kennedy Bergen

Location: Cardinal Foley Center

This course is designed to explore contemporary social problems, their inception, consequences, and methods of modification and eradication. Issue such as racism, gender inequality, educational inequality, poverty and interpersonal violence are explored. In comprehending the social and philosophical background concerning contemporary social problems, students should acquire an appreciation of the complexity involved in defining social problems and a greater understanding of the social structure itself. As a Service Learning course, students are placed at sites that are relevant for the social problems which we are addressing and where students can be in solidarity with those marginalized in our community. Students are challenged to explore the issue of social justice in great detail, particularly with regard to privilege and social change.  In this course, students work closely with the service learning scholars to reflect on the experiences that they are having at service and how their understanding of social justice is expanding.


Real Emotion in Virtual Spaces: Social Justice Game Design Strategies

Time: 12:30pm - 1:45pm

Course: COM 472 / Digital Storytelling

Instructor: Dr. Steven Hammer

Location: Cardinal Foley Center

This course, broadly, aims to teach students the art of storytelling through emerging media platforms. This semester, students are building interactive 3D video games that explore a range of social justice issues. During this session, we will discuss the ways that we can build empathy and emotional immersion in game users by strategically using sound, lighting, and cameras. In this course, students are expected not only to engage critically and masterfully with emerging technologies, but also to apply their knowledge to issues of social justice and ethics in contemporary society.

Using surveys to identify the most impoverished Bolivian students

Time: 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Course:  Introduction to Data Mining

Instructor: Dr. Kathleen Campbell Garwood

Location: Cardinal Foley Center

In an effort to view engaged citizenship, the students will focus on poverty in a third world country though the scope of helping using tools they have learned in class. This Data Mining class will go through the steps and analysis that they have run (how and why) which were used to identify students who have the most need.  Using only a 23 question survey which asks questions like:  number of people in home, number of meals, access to water, whether students has a job, etc - we look to see which students among the needy are the most impoverished.  Results presented live to Miguel Marca of Fe y Alegria (translated in Spanish) in hopes of helping Fe y Alegria to level the playing field for those students that were identified.

Catholic Teaching on Race, Systems of Privilege and Solidarity

Time: 3:30pm - 4:45pm

Course: THE 154 / Faith, Justice and the Catholic Tradition - Service learning

Instructor: Daniel R.J. Joyce, S.J.

Location: Cardinal Foley Center

THE154 is a core signature course for all students at Saint Joseph's. It explores the many ways that teachings on faith and justice are expressed within the Roman Catholic tradition as students serve in Catholic sponsored/founded organizations in local urban communities. In particular we will look at the limited way in which race has been addressed by the U.S. Catholic bishops and consider some future development of this teaching in light of the U.S. liberation theology of James Cone in the African Methodist Episcopal tradition.  We will then offer a comparison between Catholic notions of human nature already explored in the class  with those of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in the Baptist tradition. The class will ask students to consider how a Christian definition of human nature may offer an analysis for response to systems of racism, White privilege and other forms of oppression in the U.S. cultural context.

Deconstructing Employee Motivation – Do Incentives Really Work?

Time: 6:30pm

Course: MGT 551 / Empowering Human Potential at Work

Instructor: Michael Alleruzzo

Location: Cardinal Foley Center

Many organizations believe a person’s motivation should come from their paycheck.  Still others believe in the traditional ‘carrot-and-stick’ incentives to drive performance.  But what really makes people decide the how, what and why they do what they do?  What truly drives people to high performance?  In this class, we will briefly discuss the differences between influencers (external) and motivators (internal) and what today’s leaders can attempt to do truly ‘empower’ their employees toward reaching their potential in the workplace.