Strong community partnerships are essential to our core curriculum, Justice Matters. At the heart of the Engagements with the Common Good (ECG) series is an understanding that there is valuable knowledge within communities, and that forming just and reciprocal relationships within communities is an essential part of a Cabrinian education. Community partners are critical co-educators, without whom we would be unable to deliver our educational mission. Through the Wolfington Center, the college has established two partnerships; one with Catholic Relief Services and the second with Norristown, PA. The partnerships build on our institutional relationship with the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Through the partnerships, the college seeks to model the just relationships that we challenge our students to develop. By focusing our resources on deep relationships with an international non-governmental organization and with a local community, the colllege hopes to participate more actively in the process of capacity building and systemic change. For our students these focused relationships and the strong commitments they engender from partners, create dynamic and layered educational opportunities where students are able to learn from the community and see the impact of their work.
Submitted by: A. Schwelm, Assistant Library Director.