JASPA Community Impact Award
The Community Impact Award seeks to identify and award up to three winners each month who have made a significant and positive difference on their respective campuses. This award is given monthly in order to emphasize the many different ways that Jesuit Student Affairs can impact the college community.
August’s Community Impact Award (Innovative Program):
Loyola Marymount University’s Interculturalism Program
“During the week of welcome, first year students were given opportunities to engage in difficult dialogues in regards to Understanding community and how to create community for themselves. The intercultural facilitator program led a total of 16 sessions serving 1375 new students at Loyola Marymount University” – nominator.
September’s Community Impact Award (Innovative Program):
Creighton University’s Skutt Shutdown Program
“The Skutt Shutdown is an exciting and interactive event for the Creighton Student body that encourages students to participate and engage with others while learning about student organizations. At 2pm, we closed the student center down to the public and blacked out windows to the center so no one could see how we were transforming the union into a large carnival. At 8pm, we opened the doors to over a 100 student organizations and departments signed up for tables that included an interactive activity that either highlighted their student organization or would get students to their table. Students are given the opportunity to explore and meet new people in a friendly atmosphere while finding their passions and developing their identities” – nominator.
September’s Community Impact Award (Innovative Program):
Loyola Marymount University’s Tomodachi Inouye Leadership Scholars Program
“TOMODACHI Inouye Scholars exchange program honors the life and legacy of Senator Daniel K. Inouye. The program offered participants an opportunity to learn about Senator Daniel K. Inouye, introducing scholars to Senator Inouye’s contributions to his state, country, heritage, and to the U.S.-Japan relationship, and hopefully to return to their schools inspired by his commitment to public service, justice, and U.S.-Japan cooperation” – nominator.
October’s Community Impact Awards (Innovative Program):
Creighton University’s One Creighton Harvest Fest
“One Creighton Harvest Fest celebrated the wide variety of Harvest and/or Fall cultural (Latino and Native American), ethnic (Asian Moon Festival, German Oktoberfest, Hawaiian Makahiki), and religious (Hindu Diwali, Muslim Eid al-Adha) festivals celebrated by Creighton University students. The celebration included performances of ethnic/cultural dances and live music (Country, Guatemalan, Hawaiian, and Irish); displays of regional arts and crafts (Henna and pumpkin painting); free sampling of traditional Harvest/Fall foods (including German bratwurst, Lakota wojapi - berry sauce, Mexican elote - corn-on-the-cob); and a variety of tailgate-style games. The centrally-located Brandeis Lawn was transformed for one evening into a festive country fair environment with hay bales, straw, and carnival-style tents. The Harvest Fest was made possible through the sponsorship of the Asian World Center, Campus Recreation, Inter Residence Hall Government, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs with the collaboration of seven student organizations, Facilities, Residence Life, and Sodexo.” – Kyle Shinseki, SJ, nominator
Loyola Marymount University’s Greek Community
“The LMU Greek community came together the first week of October to conduct its annual Greek Week. However this week, which is usually grounded in negative competition on most campuses, took a turn for a much better cause – the local school community. Partnering with the LMU Family of Schools, members of fraternities and sororities were sent into the community to the various 13 member schools to do service, which included reading to classrooms or various projects the schools needed done.
To start their week of service to the community for Greek Week, the chapters put together a carnival for third through fifth grades, in addition to anyone from the surrounding community or LMU Children’s Center. Activities included relay races, face painting and much more. The Greeks also spent most of their Sunday at a community garden, pulling weeds and building planters for the adjacent school to use.”
November's Community Impact Awards (Innovative Program):
Ethnic and Intercultural Services Identification Program – Loyola Marymount University
The Ethnic and Intercultural (EIS) Identification Program was an interdisciplinary project between the Marketing Department of the College of Business Administration, Graphic Design Department from the College of Communications and Fine Arts, and the EIS department from Student Affairs. The purpose of this project was to offer students the opportunity to reimagine and develop a marketing strategy and design for EIS newest program, the Social Justice Series, which includes three programs: Dialogue on Race, Artists Speak, and Tunnel of Oppression and Hope. The intent of this project was to utilize marketing concepts, design concepts, and intercultural awareness in unison to develop a better outreach to engage the campus community in social justice programs.
Tunnel of Oppression and Hope – Loyola Marymount University
The Tunnel of Oppression and Hope committee created a highly interactive event that highlighted contemporary issues of oppression. It introduced participants to the concepts of oppression, privilege, and power. Students were guided through a series of spotlights aim to educate and challenge them to think more deeply about issues of oppression. At the end of the tour, participants are provided with the opportunity to discuss their experience with each other. This year’s Tunnel overs various types of oppression including: racism, ISMS, stereotypes, homophobia, classism, undocumented students (immigration issues), homelessness, body image, and Jesuit martyrs.