Service & Justice

Service

Miller Family Service Scholarships
Campus Ministry awards several Miller Family Service Scholarships to undergraduate students who are dedicated to service work. These grants allow them to "volunteer for tuition" during their winter and summer breaks. For more information, contact Maureen Henderson at 816-501-4869.

Leftovers With Love
Leftovers With Love is a student led effort. Student volunteers package and deliver surplus food from the Rockhurst University cafeteria to St. James Place, a nearby agency that provides hot meals to hungry people.  Leftovers are delivered twice weekly while classes are in session during fall and spring semesters.  To sign up contact leftovers@hawks.rockhurst.edu at 816-501-4855.

Winter and Spring Break Service Immersion Trips
Students at Rockhurst University are encouraged to act on their commitments and values through service to others. Each year the Office of Mission and Ministry sponsors domestic and international service- immersion trips to places such as: Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, New Orleans, West Virginia (Appalachia), and Camden, NJ. The days are filled with labor (building/painting homes & schools, and work in shelters and the communities), while the evenings focus on prayer & reflection. Previous building experience and Spanish fluency are not necessary – just an open heart and a willing spirit. These opportunities have as their goals: prayer & reflection, seeking understanding, building relationships and solidarity. Contact Bill Kriege at 816-501-4855 for more information. Campus Ministry periodically organizes large-group service and social justice opportunities.  Contact Bill Kriege at 816-501-4855 for more information.

Justice

Hawks For Life
This group of students explores and raises awareness of life issues such as abortion, care of children and elderly, and the death penalty. For more information, contact Dr. John Morris at 816-501-4694.

UNITY
Unity, Rockhurst’s gay straight alliance, provides a safe, welcoming space for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and allied students to socialize and talk together about issues they hold in common. Unity seeks to promote learning, respect, understanding, safety, and care among students of all sexual orientations and gender identities through educational programming and resource sharing.

VOICES For JUSTICE

Voicing Our Ideas Can Ease Suffering (VOICES) for Justice is a student-led social justice organization. It was first established in 2001 as a group of students who protested at the annual School of the Americas peace rally and protest in Columbus, GA. The organization meets weekly to raise awareness about social justice issues in our local and global communities including Immigration, Human Trafficking, Healthcare, Unemployment, Hunger, Poverty, and Homelessness.  Each month raises awareness of a new issue, following a schedule of education, action, and reflection.  These weeks include speakers, presentations, service opportunities, action training, and group reflections.  VOICES for Justice also works to bring social justice to Rockhurst by sponsoring campus-wide events and acting as a member of the greater Jesuit community through the Ignatian Solidarity Network.  VOICES for Justice works for social justice through inspiration and action (faith and works) from religious documents, education, solidarity, and empowerment for all people.