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The Blouin Leaders in Social Justice Learning Community

This two-year, service-based program fosters service leaders who are voices for the powerless in society. It is a community of residential and commuter sophomores and juniors who have a passion for helping others and who care about the world around them.


What do Blouin Leaders do?

  • Take classes with other Blouin Leaders to develop leadership skills
  • Serve with other Blouin Leaders tutoring inner-city and migrant children, assisting with the homeless census, helping with Habitat for Humanity, participating in the coalition against domestic violence and human trafficking, and other sites to be announced
  • Travel to enrich their knowledge about social advocacy and to engage in civic service (Possible sites include the Holocaust Museum, Native American Museum, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Heifer Ranch, Carter Center and other outreach sites)
  • Think globally, act locally

What are the benefits of becoming a Blouin Leader?

  • Travel assistance benefits
  • Priority registration and advising
  • Certificate of distinction at graduation for 100 service learning hours
  • Expanded leadership, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and intercultural competencies

What is involved?

  • Orientation and Team Development Retreat
  • Four Leadership and Social Justice (LSJ) courses, fulfilling heritage, diversity and service learning requirements
  • May semester and Winter/Spring break experiential trips (7-10 days each)
  • Capstone leadership and social justice project

Eligibility Requirements

  • Have a heart for service
  • All majors are accepted
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Commuter and residential students encouraged to apply (residential students will live in the Commons Residence Hall)

Students must apply during their freshman year by completing an application and admission questionnaire, submitting letters of reference and participating in an entrance interview. For more information or to apply, please contact any of the following:

Dr. Penny Bove
Chair, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences
330-490-7257 | pbove@walsh.edu

Dr. Jo Anna Kelly
Associate Chair, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences
330-244-4691 | jkelly@walsh.edu

Stacey Gardner-Buckshaw
Director of Service Learning
330-244-4758 | sgbuckshaw@walsh.edu