Promoting and fighting for the rights of all people was how America's constitution defined citizenship. Much the same is the mission of Center for Service and Social Justice at DeSales University. Our response to the less fortunate breaks all barriers of racial, gender, ethnic, age, and political rhetoric. This office exists to serve the less fortunate, through the guidance of its director, and the diligence and initiative of DeSales University students, faculty and administration.
A necessary ingredient in dealing with social justice is to provide students a reflection period before and after service occurs. Students may volunteer in many a great cause, but without understanding the social problems and why they exist, one will never find the true merit of the situation. True service is based on researching the issues affecting our society and then adapting positive change to better influence our neighbors. From the poor and hungry to the physically challenged, to those without healthcare and those with little or no education, to the elderly. As a society we can't successfully provide the necessary help without understanding why people need these services. The Center for Service and Social Justice combines service and education, molding the minds of intelligent students in a philanthropic environment.
Core values of social justice, such as dignity, solidarity, and compassion remain in the hands of everyday citizens, especially the impressionable young minds of college students. To promote ignorance is to disregard these values, turn the other cheek, and forget about the less fortunate. As an office we will continue to educate both students and faculty alike, about the personal relationships involved in social issues. As a program we must become part of the struggle, gaining knowledge, hands-on experience, and an overall awareness of the problems facing our fellow citizens.
We can no longer accept status quo community service. Americans were given a greater blueprint than this in our constitution, and in order to continue on with past ideology we must stand taller and reach out even greater to the citizens that so desperately need our help. The Center for Services and Social Justice demands greater knowledge, study, character and involvement of its members. Our mission depends on accepting these values. It's time for you to make the difference.
" The strength of any community begins with the willing individual who is ready to treat all mankind with equality, to preserve and enlighten mankind's virtues while providing compassion in the form of education and dignity."