Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion

2013

Abstract

Using qualitative methodology the researcher analyzed the perspectives of

students on service trips taken to Haiti by the Newman Catholic Center in (1) educating

students about social injustice and (2) cultivating a desire for students to advocate for

social change. Overall participants were impacted by their experience in Haiti.

Participants articulated a deeper awareness and understanding of social inequality and of

their own privilege. Participants also communicated a commitment to continue service,

change their career plans and change their lifestyles. Student development occurred in

three phases including pre-departure, experience, and re-entry. Engaged preparation,

reflection, consequential connection, and human connection were themes found to be

very important components of this international service learning experience. The

researcher presents a model, which could serve as a starting point to creating meaningful

student experiences that have a life-long impact.

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