Social justice minor offered in spring semester

By Christine Blom
November 19, 2004

Students across the Cabrini campus who wish to develop their leadership skills should think about the new social justice minor.

Dr. Mary Laver, director of the Wolfington Center, and Dr. Margaret McGuinness, director of religious studies, spearheaded this program in order to further the knowledge and leadership skills of the student body.

“This is a minor for students who are interested in service,” McGuinness said. “This is a perfect program for students who want to relate their academic career to a life of service.”

This new addition to the department of religious studies was introduced this year, but has been several years in the making. Laver and several other professors began this collaboration almost three years ago when service classes such as Love in Action and Justice in Community became popular.

“This is a wonderful program because it allows students to continue their involvement with the community and their studies,” Laver said. “Students can discuss issues such as immigration, government funding, business ethics and other issues that could relate to their field.”

“Social justice has recently been advertised amongst the Honors students but is open to any one of any major,” Laver and McGuinness both said.

“We just thought it would be a great place to start, to target a group and to see the response.” Laver said.

The social justice minor requires 18 credits that most students request when registration time rolls around. Some of these classes are Seminar 300, Catholic Social Thought and Practice, and Faith and Justice.

The minor is new for the spring semester and can be enrolled in at any time. So far, many students have inquired about it but none have taken the initiative to declare it. Both Laver and McGuiness hope for a wonderful turnout and are anxious to see what the future will bring to this new program.

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