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JAN 171 + 172: Lasallian Service Internship
Bacolod City, Philippines; Bago, Philippines; Binalbagan, Philippines; Bologna, Italy; Browning, United States; Cadiz, Philippines; Caraballo, Dominican Republic; Concord, United States; Constanza, Dominican Republic; Dumaguete, Philippines; El Paso, United States; Escalante, Philippines; Florence, Italy; Hinoba-an, Philippines; Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic; Kabankalan, Philippines; La Castellana, Philippines; Manila, Philippines; Moises Padilla, Philippines; Monte Plata, Dominican Republic; Naples, Italy; Narragansett, United States; New York, United States; Oakland, United States; Pisa, Italy; Pontevedra, Philippines; Rome, Italy; San Francisco, United States; Sipalay, Philippines; The Bronx, United States; West Warwick, United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Jan Term
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Restrictions: SMC-CA applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Jan Term 2019 12/31/2017 03/01/2018 TBA TBA
Program Description:
Lasallian Service Internship (LSI) I & II

Course Description:
The Lasallian Service Internship course - LSI - has been a tradition at Saint Mary's College since 1985. Formerly called "Christian Service Internship (CSI)" its goal is to provide opportunities for students to engage reflectively in the Lasallian tradition through direct service with poor and marginalized populations, participation in community, and the exploration of these experiences in light of faith.  

Each student enrolled in the LSI course spends the Jan Term engaged in service-learning with an organization that works with the underserved and marginalized groups. Students choose from a variety of local, domestic, and international service sites: preschools, elementary, middle and high schools, youth residential programs, orphanages, social service agencies, and community & senior centers.

Students at domestic and international sites live in a Lasallian community at or near the locations where they will be working. ?A minimum of 30-40 hours per week of direct service is required, and students are supported through regular meetings with a supervisor. Students must attend at least four classes in the fall, and one concluding seminar in February.

NOTE: There are two LSI courses offered:
  • LSI I - Students who will serve at LOCAL & DOMESTIC locations during January will be enrolled in LSI I. See LSI I course description for Prerequisites and Learning Objectives.
  • LSI II - Students who will serve at INTERNATIONAL locations during January will be enrolled in LSI II.

Year after year students have returned from their month of service-learning affirming that the experience has truly been transformative: transforming preconceptions about poverty and the poor; transforming their ideas about faith, service, and community; and transforming the purpose and direction of their own lives. It is for this reason that we say, “The course lasts a month… the experience lasts a lifetime.”

Locations:

Local
Catholic Charities of the East Bay, Concord, CA
De La Salle Academy, Concord, CA
De Marillac Academy, San Francisco, CA
Monument Crisis Center, Concord, CA
St. Anthony Foundation, San Francisco, CA
St. Mary’s Center: Senior Center, Oakland, CA
St. Mary’s Center: Pre-school, Oakland, CA

Domestic
Cathedral High School, El Paso, TX
De La Salle Blackfeet School, Browning, MT
La Salle Academy, New York, NY  
Ocean Tides, Narragansett, RI  
Serviam Gardens, Bronx, NY
Tides Family Services, West Warwick, RI

International
Bahay Pag-asa (House of Hope), Bacolod City, Philippines  
Kids Alive, Dominican Republic (several cities)
CasArcobaleno, Naples, Italy

Division:
Upper Division

Prerequisites:
1. Attendance at informational meeting (or agreed-upon alternative)
2. Completion of application form  
3. Interview
4. Two references
5. [LSI II only] Completion of some experience (e.g., immersion experience; travel; CILSA service) or coursework (e.g., LSI I, sociology; politics; anthropology; ethnic studies; Global and Regional Studies) that has initiated a process of reflection on matters such as culture, class, justice, diversity, etc.

READING LIST & BASIS FOR GRADE (LSI I):

Reading List:
Readings for this course will be focused on the themes of FAITH, SERVICE, and COMMUNITY, and will likely include excerpts from the following:
Boyle, Gregory (2010) Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
Casselberry, Shawn (2104) God is in the City
Chödrön, Pema (2001) Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living
De Mello, Anthony (1995) The Way to Love: The Last Meditations of Antony de Mello
Ellsberg, Robert (ed.) (2008) Modern Spiritual Masters: Writings on Contemplation & Compassion
Gittins, Anthony J. (1989) Gifts and Strangers: Meeting the Challenge of Inculturation
“Helping, Fixing, or Serving?” (Article, 1999) Rachel Naomi Remen
Lamott, Anne (2012) Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
Mother Teresa (1989) No Greater Love
Palmer, Parker J. (2000) Let Your Life Speak
Peck, M. Scott (1998) The Different Drum
Rolheiser, Ronald (1999) The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality
Salm, Luke (1996) The Work is Yours: The Life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Shipler, David K. (2016)  The Working Poor: Invisible in America
Schmidt, Joseph F. (1980) Praying Our Experiences
Vanier, Jean (1989) Community and Growth
Students will also view video clips and read a variety of texts and articles to enhance their service experience and their knowledge of the region in which they will be serving. This includes readings related to the specific social issues they will encounter among the population they will serve.

Basis for Final Grade:
Students’ final grades will be based on:
  • Written evaluation of student’s performance of 30+ hours of direct service during Jan Term by student's respective site supervisor(s) (20%) [Note: the service itself is a given. A grade for the course will not be earned without completing the service component]
  • Attendance and quality of participation in all mandatory fall classes, and one mandatory concluding class in February (25%)
  • Pre-service assignments and attendance at any site-specific orientations (25%)
  • Daily reflection (in the form of journal & course blog entries) on days of service (10%)
  • Final reflection paper (15%)
  • Exit interview to process student’s experience and evaluate the student’s performance on all of the above (5%)
READING LIST & BASIS FOR GRADE (LSI I):

Reading List:
Selections from:
-Jane Addams, “The Subtle Problems of Charity.” The Atlantic Monthly, www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1899/02/the-subtle-problems-of-charity/306217
-Benedict XVI. Encyclical Letter, Caritas in Veritate: On Integral Human Development in Charity and Truth
-Ivan Illich, To Hell with Good Intentions, 1968; trans. Casilla Postal.
-Paul Farmer, Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor
-Daniel G. Groody, Globalization, Spirituality, and Justice: Navigating the Path to Peace
-Leo XIII. Encyclical Letter, Rerum Novarum: On Capital and Labor
-The New American Bible
-Oliver, F “Catholic Social Teaching: A Communitarian Democratic Capitalism for the New World Order”
-Corbett and Fikkert “When Helping Hurts”
-M D, Litonjua, “International Development Economics and the Ethics of the Preferential Option for the Poor”
-Luke Salm, “holy presence of God” and “live Jesus in our hearts” pp. 148-153
-Paul Farmer, Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor
-Rebecca Todd Peters and Elizabeth L. Hinson-Hasty, (eds.) To Do Justice: A Guide for Progressive Christians
Students will also view video clips and read a variety of texts and articles to enhance their service experience and their knowledge of the region in which they will be serving. This includes readings related to the specific social issues they will encounter among the population they will serve.

Basis for Final Grade:
  • Written evaluation of student’s performance of 30+ hours of direct service during Jan Term by student's respective site supervisor(s) (10%) [Note: the service itself is a given. A grade for the course will not be earned without completing the service component]
  • Content quiz(zes) (15%)
  • Three paper assignments (45%)
  • Regular journaling/reflection during direct service (5%)
  • Final integration paper (20%)
  • Exit interview with instructor to process and evaluate student’s experience (5%)