Urban Issues LC
New for 2013-2014, the Service and Faith Learning Community will be home to 20-30 first-year students who are passionate about exploring the integration of faith and justice through service. By engaging in the community surrounding their new home at Loyola and in the city of Chicago, students will deepen their understanding of service as a foundation for exploring, articulating and living their own beliefs and values. Inspired by Jesuit tradition, members of the Service and Faith LC will strive to become “persons for others” through both their intellectual inquiry and engagement in their community.
Students in the Service and Faith LC will live together in one of our 5 first-year residence halls. They will have the opportunity to continue in the LC in their second-year at Loyola.
Activities and Programs
As the first group of students participating in the Service and Faith LC, students will have the rare opportunity to truly shape their own experience while building a tradition here at Loyola. Plans for the Learning Community include the opportunity to participate in service both within the Loyola community and in the greater Chicago community. Students will participate in workshops and discussions aimed to help them develop an understanding of the connections between Jesuit tradition and service, become more knowledgable of the importance of service in their own faith tradition, and develop an appreciation for the ways in which other faiths also call people to serve others. Students will also take advantage of fun community activities such as ice skating at Millennium Park, weekend brunches, or trips to the beach.
The curricular requirements provide wonderful opportunities to connect through coursework with peers in the community but also ample opportunity to meet friends from outside the community. Faculty members who teach in the Service and Faith LC also participate with students in activities and events outside the classroom, allowing students to develop stronger relationships with faculty members from their first day on campus.
Students in the Service and Faith Learning Community take 4 credit hours together in the Fall semester and 3 credit hours together in the Spring semester. All courses required for the Service and Faith LC meet requirements for all degree programs at Loyola, so students from all majors are welcome. Specific course information for 2013-2014 will be available in the coming months.