St. John’s University’s Vincentian Institute for Social Action aims to develop student commitment to social justice through required coursework, international travel, and community service. A strong theoretical foundation ensures that administrators and students are consistently reflecting on the dynamics of power and engaging with community members in an ethical manner. Our framework should continue conversations with the community about the value of foreign language education in their particular regional and global context and encourage students to see themselves as part of a sustainable process. Where many universities and organizations provide volunteer experiences similar in theory, we hope to improve on traditional models by supporting projects that are driven by scholarly research and community-based partnership, that in the end, effectively serve the needs of the community and its members with dignity.
Sanchez, Pablo J. and Zajkowski, Morgan R.
"English Language Instruction, Student Engagement, and Sustainable Practices in Rural Ecuador,"
Journal of Vincentian Social Action: Vol. 1:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholar.stjohns.edu/jovsa/vol1/iss1/5
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