Academics

Urban Plunge

The Dallas Urban Plunge experience is a daily leadership service and justice program offered twice during the month of June. Using a combination of direct service and guided reflection, it provides a unique opportunity to experience social injustice in our own city. Students are given an opportunity to make a direct impact at several different organizations and agencies that serve as some of our most important community service partners. These organizations include Catholic Charities, the Resource Center of Dallas, elder care facilities, and Austin Street Center. At the conclusion of each day students have the opportunity to reflect with their fellow classmates and discuss ways they can work to improve the lives of the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized in our community.

Throughout the week, students will engage with the themes of Catholic Social Teaching through reflection, prayer, and discussion. Each day, we will prepare, serve, and enjoy a meal with a variety of marginalized populations in the city. In order to complete the grade level requirement, students must complete:

  1. all four days;
  2. an additional 4 hour approved service project of their choice to take place during the summer;
  3.  a project report;
  4. completed journal.

Program cost is 400 dollars.  Financial aid is available.