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The Ionian Articles:

International Studies in Kolkata, India
International Studies in Dominican Republic 1
International Studies in Dominican Republic 2
Service-Learning Integrated into Classrooms
Mass Communications: Media Representations of Indigenous Peoples


Honors Sophomore Seminar:

In Fall 2016, the Honors Sophomore Seminar course partnered with many non-profit organizations, including Hope Community Services. At Hope Community Services, the students helped to improve the facilities where nutritionally vulnerable New Rochelle citizens go in order to receive food support or to escape the elements during harsh weather. While the students were physically scrubbing, cleaning and polishing the floors, they used class texts such as “Utopia” by Thomas More in order to understand and reflect on the responsibilities modern day citizens have toward one another.


International Studies – Global Citizenship in the 21st Century:

In January 2015, 2016 and 2017, Iona College students traveled to Kolkata, India, to partner with the Christian Brothers and Mother Teresa Charities in order to learn about and to help serve in various projects, focusing on childhood education, healthcare and human trafficking. The students worked first-hand with some of the world’s most vulnerable people while learning about how national and international politics are being used to either help solve or exacerbate this region’s significant need. “Each day was amazing in its own way, and unique in its own right. Each day taught different lessons and prompted different educational questions. The trip was extraordinary and unforgettable.” – DeVante Spaulding '17 (as cited in Rapillo, 2016)


International Studies: Human Rights on the border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti

“[This class] traveled to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, to work with Haitian [or Dominicans of Haitian decent] refugees mostly living in the Bateys, which are company- or government-owned sugar cane workers' towns, to which Haitians were illegally smuggled with a promise of fair wage and bright future, but ended up exploited and living in poverty. As of September 2013, the Dominican Government decided that people in the Dominican Republic (born there or not) who have Haitian roots retroactively back to the 1920s, will not receive, or will be stripped of, legal documents and will have no means of advancement in the country. Due to this, the Haitians, half-Haitians, or people with any Haitian descent, are stuck with no chance of getting work or education, stuck in extreme poverty. The team worked in these villages doing construction, food [distribution], painting and fixing,  and playing with the children." – Sophia Hyökyvaara '14

Please note, photographs are rarely allowed in a service-learning setting due to the vulnerable status of many of those being served. In order to account for power differentials between those serving and those being served, photos of the people receiving the acts of service are not published without that individual’s written consent.