The Duchesne Center for Religion and Social Justice is the heart of community service/service learning at Manhattanville. Although not all of Mville's service programs are run by the Duchesne Center, it does coordinate many of them.
The Center serves to facilitate, educate, and encourage student involvement in community outreach, cultural, leadership, and spiritual initiatives across the Manhattanville College campus and beyond. Our service experiences and programs are tightly linked to our academic curriculum to ensure students are building the intellectual framework and acquiring the skills to make them effective and responsible members of their communities.
The Duchesne Center endeavors to create a climate in which all Manhattanville College members will value:
Rose Philippine Duchesne - Biography
The Duchesne Center is named after the inspirational French pioneer, Sr. Rose Philippine Duchesne, RSCJ. Her legacy as a religious sister is that of a "missionary of the American frontier" within the Catholic Church who pursued opportunities for the marginalized through social justice and works of charity.
Rose Philippine was born in Grenoble, France, in 1769. She was educated by the Visitation nuns and entered the Visitation Order in 1788, in the middle of the French Revolution. During the Revolution, she cared for the sick and poor, helped fugitive priests, visited prisons, and taught children. After the Revolution, she entered the Religious of the Sacred Heart community and answered the call for nuns to assist the emerging immigrant Church by the bishop of New Orleans, Louisiana in 1818.
Rose Duchesne was sent to St. Charles, Missouri, where she immediately opened a school; then at Florissant, she built a convent, an orphanage, a parish school, a school for Native Americans, a boarding academy, and a novitiate for her order.
Duchesne was a model and inspiration to those around her, facing all the hardships of pioneer work. She died on November 18, 1852, at the age of eighty-three and was canonized in 1988.
Leadership & Social Responsibility
Leadership & Social Responsibility are at the center of our mission and assists students with service opportunities to enhance their effectiveness as agents of change. All of the activities coming from our four core areas and through the Duchesne Center have leadership and social responsibility as individual learning skills to enhance the people and communities in which and with which we work. Our four core area experiences connect voluntary action with global concerns and economic realities in pursuit of conflict resolution, equity, equality, and quality of life for all individuals resulting in all members of society having the same basic rights, security, opportunities, obligations and social benefits.
The pursuit of leadership and social responsibility as integral to our four core areas incorporates the following elements:
Adequate Training - Student volunteers are adequately prepared for the tasks they will perform. Roles and responsibilities of students, staff, schools, parents, the community, and organizations are clear and agreed upon by all participants. Intended service outcomes are defined in collaboration with those being served.
Meaningful Service - Service performed meets a real need. Community agency staff and/or recipients of service are consulted about the nature and scope of their needs and way students can address them. The service learning experience is designed to be sensitive to developmental levels, gender, multi-cultural issues, and individual learning styles.
Leadership Development - Volunteers take responsibility for development and management of volunteer programs and service experiences. Service integrates individual accountability with cooperative group work through skills development, initiative games, reflection, celebration, and application of learning in new situations to foster appreciation of all peoples.
Structured Reflection & Recognition - Opportunities for reflection are included throughout the service experience so that students "learn how to learn from experience."
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