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Fall 2018

Van Certification Courses, 9/4, 9/6, 9/10

If you have a valid driver’s license, consider becoming van certified. The Transportation Office runs shuttles to most sites, but sometimes it is easier for students to sign out vans and drive themselves. Additionally, if you are planning on volunteering on the weekends, you must either reserve a Holy Cross van or find your own transportation—the shuttles do not run on Saturdays and Sundays. Van Certification Classes for this semester have been scheduled for the following: Tuesday, September 4th, 2-4pm (Hogan Suites B/C) (right before CBL fair); Thursday, September 6th, 9-11am (Hogan 304/305); or Monday, September 10th, 5-7pm (Hogan 519). Email Isabelle Jenkins ( to RSVP.

Natalia Serna Presents Corazόn Norte, Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 4:30 PM, Rehm Library

Corazόn Norte is a record made up of songs and interviews that seek to incarnate, through art, the stories of migrants.  The record was born at the Kino Border Initiative Soup Kitchen on the Mexican American border as an effort to gift each traveler a song in honor of their journey.  Experiences, feelings, and dreams make up the raw material of this record.  Each story is unique, yet they all have in common a shared border and a shared dream of heading north.  Corazόn Norte hopes to offer the audience a richer understanding of migration by exploring the individual stories that embody its complexity, its horrors, and the depth of its humanity.  Its ultimate goal is to light a passion for the dignity of each person regardless of which side on any line he or she stands.  Natalia Serna, also known as La Muna, is a Colombian-American musician and sociologist that moved to the border city of Nogales, Sonora as a volunteer at the Kino Border Initiative Soup Kitchen.  Learn more about Corazόn Norte here: Click here to watch the video from the event.

Open to the Public; Sponsored by: Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning, Peace & Conflict Studies, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Mission, Latin American, Latinx & Carribean Studies, McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics & Culture, Arts Transcending Borders, J.D. Power Center for Liberal Arts in the World, Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies

Building Relationships in Service: Uniting (or Dividing) the Holy Cross and Worcester Community? (Rescheduled from 3/21), Thursday, September 27, 2018, 4:30pm, Rehm Library

Join CBL and SPUD Interns for a panel discussion with community partners focused on the relationships formed between Holy Cross students and those at Worcester community organizations.  The goal is to engage in a transparent, critical dialogue between the Holy Cross and Worcester communities about the relationships we have formed over the years.  This event hopes to provide a forum for discussion about how our partnerships foster and/or hinder holistic interactions between Holy Cross and Worcester.  Attendees are encouraged to share ways in which you think we can better build bridges between our communities. 

Open to the Public; Sponsored by: The Chaplains’ Office and Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning

CBL Intern Dialogue Session, "Where do we go from here? Living a life of service and justice," Thursday, November 15, 2018, 6pm, Hogan 320

Join CBL Interns for this end of semester dialogue sessions to discuss your CBL experiences with other students, CBL Interns, CBL staff, and recent CBL alumni.  In this session you will reflect on the ways in which you can incorporate your learnings from CBL into future endeavors.  CBL alumni will share how they have done so in their post-graduate experiences.


Select Past Events

Science Fair
Wednesday, April 11th, 5:15pm in Smith Laboratories

This semester, advanced chemistry and biology students have been working with Nativity School of Worcester and Woodland Academy students on science projects. In small groups, students aimed to answer the question, "What have you wondered about?" through completing a science project using items from everyday life. On April 11th, the groups will present their projects to Holy Cross Science Ambassadors who will judge the projects based on how well they executed the scientific method. Prof. Avila-Bront (Chemistry) has been advising this CBL project throughout the semester.

"Preventing and Ending Hunger in Massachusetts"
Wednesday, April 11th, 4:30pm in Hogan 519

Project Bread brings a fresh approach to ending hunger. Their goals are: to promote sustainable and reliable access to healthy food for all, to invest in the strength and resiliency of local communities, and to collaborate with others in building a robust regional food system. Join this discussion with Erin McAleer to learn more about how Project Bread is addressing food insecurity in Massachusetts and nation-wide. To read more about the new president, Erin McAleer (an HC alum) read Project Bread's news release.

"Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer"
Monday, March 26th, 4:30pm in Rehm Library

CBL Professor, Jorge Santos (English) has invited Alberto Ledesma, author of "Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer," to Holy Cross to give a talk on Monday, March 26th at 4:30pm. More about "Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer": "Drawing on a mix of prose, sketches, and other drawings that commemorates his emergence as a “critical cartoonist” to match his work in literary critical theory, the author describes his long years “underground” as the undocumented child of undocumented immigrants from Mexico, a “dreamer” who wanted nothing more than to go to college and have a chance at success." Sponsored by: Latin American and Latino Studies Department, English Department and McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture.

"Two Ethnographies by Holy Cross Students: Volunteer and Nonproft Work in Worcester - Does it Help the Socially Marginalized?"
Monday, February 5th, 4pm in Rehm Library

CBL Intern, Katelyn Lyons '18, former CBL Student, Martina Umunna '18, and Prof. Emeritus Susan Rogers will present their ethnographic research at Abby's House (Katelyn's research) and with Refugee Artisans of Worcester (Martina and Prof. Rodgers' research) and ask the question, "volunteer and nonprofit work in Worcester: does it help the socially marginalized?" This event is sponsored by the J.D. Power Center for Liberal Arts in the World. 

Fr. William Campbell Talk on the intersections of our Jesuit Mission, Social Justice, and Service
Wednesday, October 4th, 6pm in Hogan Suites B/C

Holy Cross' Vice President for Mission, Rev. William Campbell, S.J. '87 will discuss Holy Cross' Jesuit mission and how it calls the HC community to work for social justice. He will also explore how community service fits into this call. Through brief sketches of the Church's and the Society of Jesus' histories, a review of Holy Cross' mission, ministries, and programs, and through large and small group discussion, Fr. Campbell will help attendees think about what it truly means to be men and women for and with others. This event is co-sponsored by the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning, the Chaplains' Office, and the Office of Multicultural Education. This event is open to the public.

JUHAN - Principles in Crisis: Refugees and Responsibility
June 27th-29th, 2017, College of the Holy Cross

Click here to watch keynote sessions from the conference!

Holy Cross is hosting the Jesuit University Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) Student Leadership Conference this upcoming summer (June 27-29, 2017). The theme of the conference is Principles in Crisis: Refugees and Responsibility. Just as refugees are compelled to cross borders by conditions of vulnerability, so too are we morally compelled to respond to human suffering wherever it exists. This conference is an excellent opportunity for participants to engage with other students and faculty from various Jesuit Universities and higher education institutions and to network and learn about the practical applications of humanitarian work locally and globally. In our current political climate, it is more important now than ever to come together to collaborate and learn from each other about how to respond to the immigrant and refugee crisis. The conference will feature keynote sessions led by Dr. Michael Barnett (George Washington University), Dr. David Hollenbach, S.J. (Georgetown University), Dr. Mark Potter (Newton Country Day School, Kino Border Initiative), and Dr. Stephanie Russell (AJCU). For more information, visit the JUHAN Conference Website.

SPUD/CBL Community Partner Panel Event, "Creating Inclusivity in Worcester During Uncertain Political Times" 
March 27th, 2017, College of the Holy Cross

Click here to watch the event!

Panelists: Dan Donahue '09 (State Representative), Judy Freedman Fask (Worcester Public Schools Transition Program), Prof. Virginia Ryan (Religious Studies), and Rebecca Petty (Ascentria Care Alliance)

On Monday, March 27th, join CBL and SPUD Interns for this interactive community engagement panel on creating an inclusive environment during uncertain political times. Now, more than ever, it is important to dialogue across difference and discuss ways in which we can continue to work to celebrate diversity and inclusion. Community Partners, Judy Freedman Fask and Rebecca Petty, will comment on how their organizations are working to bring marginalized populations to the center and how the current political climate is affecting that work. State Representative Dan Donahue will speak to the political changes that have occurred in the past year, reaching across party lines, and connecting with his constituents in the face of divisiveness. Prof. Virginia Ryan will discuss how the political climate affects the way in which she teaches her Montserrat course and integrates CBL into her classroom.

The Prophetic Imagination, Catholic Social Teaching, & the Call to Justice
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, College of the Holy Cross

A lecture by Dr. Matthew Eggemeier, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross
Co-sponsored by the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, Chaplains' Office, Department of Religious Studies, the Office for Mission, and the McFarland Center

Empowering Racially Minoritized Students through CBL
Tuesday, October 18th, 2016, College of the Holy Cross

A research presentation by Dr. Michelle Sterk Barrett, Director, Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning & Isabelle Jenkins, Associate Director, Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning
Co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Education

Worcester Area Mission Society Showcases Holy Cross Students' Work
Friday, January 30th, 2015 WAMS Works

On Friday, January 30th, the Worcester Area Mission Society welcomed the Holy Cross College Choirs and Holy Cross students from Professor Virginia Raguin's Fall Concentration Seminar (VAHI 301). Professor Raguin's students developed content for the WAMS Works' website, focusing specifically on the work of Sarah Wyman Whitman and the stained glass she designed for Central Congregational Church. Students researched the origins of the church, the history of the site, and wrote profiles of Sarah Wyman Whitman and Stephen Earle (the architect of the church). At the event, Professor Raguin's students presented their findings and the Holy Cross Choir performed six musical selections.

Innovative Pedagogical Methods that Deepen the Liberal Learning Experience
April 4th, 2013
A Discussion with Dr. Edward Zlotkowski

Edward Zlotkowski is a professor of English and Media Studies at Bentley University and in 1990 founded the Bentley Service-Learning Center.  He received his B.A. in English and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University.  He writes and speaks extensively on a wide range of service-learning and engagement-related topics, and served as general editor of the American Association for Higher Education's 21-volume series on service-learning in the academic disciplines. He also served as editor ofSuccessful Service-Learning Programs, published by Anker in 1998, Service-Learning and the First-Year Experience, published by the University of South Carolina in 2002, and as co-editor of Students as Colleagues: Expanding the Circle of Service-Learning Leadership,published by Campus Compact in 2006. In 2011, Temple University Press publishedHigher Education and Democracy: Essays on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, a book he co-authored with John Saltmarsh. Dr. Zlotkowski is a senior associate at the New England Resource Center for Higher Education and formerly served as a senior associate at the AAHE and a senior faculty fellow at Campus Compact.  A graduate of St. Peter's Prep in New Jersey, Dr. Zlotkowski credits his Jesuit education with significantly influencing his professional interest in community-based learning.

  • View the Power Point from the event.
  • Read the article that inspired the event.

Integrating Community Engagement into Teaching and Learning through CBL
October 24th, 2012

Presentations by:
Bridget Franco, Assistant Professor, Spanish
Julianne Croes '12, Social Worker, Lutheran Social Services
Michelle Sterk Barrett, Director of the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning

ARTful Bodies: The Body in Art at the Worcester Art Museum

An I-Phone tour of the Worcester Art Museum created by students from Professor Amanda Luyster's Introduction to Visual Arts classes in conjunction with students from South High School and Claremont Academy.  Click here to see the website and tour.