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Integrated Learning-Living Communities

Social Justice

Make a difference in the world. Become a member of the Social Justice ILLC, based on the Marianist principles of educating the whole person by linking learning and scholarship with leadership and service. Over two semesters, you’ll take classes across several disciplines that explore social justice in areas of education, human rights, sustainability, energy and the environment.  

Outside of class, faculty will join you in attendance at co-curricular activities and events to engage your local community through experiential learning opportunities. Together with faculty and residence staff, SJ ILLC students shape a community that truly integrates learning and living.

StudentsOpen to all students, but of particular interest for those interested in Sustainability and Human Rights as majors.

ILLC Faculty Coordinator: Margaret M. Strain

ILLC Faculty: Lori Phillips-Young, Elizabeth Groppe, Jean Cotting, Steve Bein, Kirsten Mendoza, Miranda Hallett, Bill Marvin

Fall Semester: ENG 100 (Writing Seminar 1) and REL: 103 (Intro to Religious and Theological Studies)

Fall or Spring Semester: PHL 103 (Intro to Philosophy) 

Spring Semester: SEE 250 (Intro to Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment OR HRS 200: (Intro to Human Rights) 

Courses meet graduation requirements.

  • Complete a 12-hour service commitment with community and civic partners
  • Interact with student environmental organizations and student leaders on campus (e.g., Sustainability Club, Rivers Institute Stewards, ETHOS) through educational discussions, socials and service projects)
  • Listen to guest speakers who are environmental leaders from different majors and programs, including UD students, staff and faculty, plus Dayton community members and experts such as authors Doug Fine and David Suzuki
  • Experience a nature hike and retreat opportunities at the 100-acre Marianist Environmental Education Center land restoration site
  • Share your sustainability ideas through team projects and presentations on Creating a Sustainable UD at the April Stander Symposium Day of Alternative Learning
  • As a member of the ILLC you’ll, become a member of the Social Justice Club. You can maintain membership in the club across your undergraduate experience.  
  • As a member of the Social Justice Club, you can apply for Social Justice Special Interest Housing during junior and senior year.

Meet Our Coordinators

Coordinator of Writing Certificate Program

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Professor; Director of Writing Programs

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Learning-Living Communities

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