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Blouin Global Scholars Living-Learning Community
The Blouin Global Scholars at Walsh University is a living-learning community dedicated to developing students as “leaders in service with a global perspective.” The Blouin Scholars form a community of mutual support between peers, university staff and faculty in which students commit themselves to become leaders in solving major global issues and problems. Rooted in the belief of the dignity of all persons and the community of mankind, the Blouin Global Scholars seek to bring their time, talents, and energies to healing the problems of suffering and injustice within the world. As a Blouin Scholar, students live and take classes with a cohort of students who are similarly dedicated to become leaders in service to the global community. All classes are built into the Walsh University core curriculum—students can still choose their own majors and minors—and center on a common global theme. Students in this living learning community are financially supported to have opportunities to engage in global learning in Africa and Europe, special lectures and co-curricular activities, and priority registration and advising procedures.
Blouin Leadership and Social Justice Learning Community
The Walsh University mission guides us as we address the causes and consequences of social inequality and work toward effecting social change. In a nation that declares, “all men are created equal”, hunger, poverty, homelessness, discrimination and human rights violations persist. The Blouin Leadership and Social Justice Learning Community (Blouin LSJLC) is transformative for students and the community at-large. We are an action-based community fostering servant leaders who are voices for the powerless in our society. The Blouin LSJLC incorporates a global orientation toward leadership and service. Students grow intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and socially not only in the classroom, but also outside the classroom. This growth is facilitated by various campus constituencies; thus, faculty joins with Student Affairs, Global Learning and Service Learning to achieve the purpose of this learning community. We want students to learn beyond the classroom and to provide them with the means to grow. The LSJLC is designed to develop skills and civic responsibility in our students.
The specific learning outcomes are:
- critical thinking
- problem solving
- intercultural competencies
Any on campus students that are participant in this Learning Community live in specialized housing for 2 years and have intentional programming with a Resident Assistant who focuses on issues of Social Justice.
Who is Br. Francis Blouin?
Walsh University’s third President, Br. Francis Blouin exemplifies servant-leadership and global service. During his presidency, Br. Francis was responsible for bringing four Nobel Peace Prize winners to campus with the most notable being Mother Teresa. Since retiring as Walsh’s president in 1992, Br. Francis has spent the majority of this time in Africa serving as the coordinator of the Kisubi Brothers University Centre, in Kisubi, Africa and participating in countless initiatives to bring higher education to the people of Africa.