Sister Mary T. Clark, RSCJ Center for Religion and Social Justice
The Sister Mary T. Clark Center for Religion and Social Justice is the heart of Service Learning at Manhattanville College.
Foundational to the Clark Center are the pillars of:
- Religion and Spirituality
- Social Justice
- Activism and Advocacy
- Community Service
Clark Center by the Numbers
About the Clark Center
Charlotte Stanwood, Summer Student of the Month
Charlotte is an international student from Canada, currently pursuing a major in Criminal Justice and Law, while minoring in Psychology. She is also a member of the Women's Ice Hockey team.
"This summer, I have the privilege of working with the Arc of Westchester summer camp. This is a program designed for individuals with developmental disabilities. My role during the summer is to be a camp counselor. During the first part of the day, we would do three activities with a group of 12-16 individuals, followed by lunch with all 30+ campers. The afternoon is then filled with two more activities that are less active like trivia or karaoke. Come 4 pm the day campers get picked up and I become in charge of 4 individuals for the rest of the evening until the next day when camp starts again at 9 am. This is a very new experience for me, filled with learning and fun. As the weeks go on and we see the same individuals week to week I have really created a connection and relationship with each camper. Which is by far the best part of the experience."
The $2,000 Sister Mary T. Clark, RSCJ Undergraduate Scholarship is offered to new undergraduate students who have demonstrated academic achievement and outstanding dedication to serving the community. For incoming first year and transfer students, if you have been offered this scholarship opportunity on your scholarship letter you will need to complete your Sister Mary T. Clark scholarship application by May 1st.
Religion and SpiritualityMeet Our Chaplains
Jewish Chaplain, Rabbi Levi Welton
Christian Chaplain, Latalya Morrison
Catholic Chaplain, Fr. Fidelis
Muslim Chaplain, Stephen Curto
The Heart of Service Learning at Manhattanville
The Clark Center promotes the development of ethical and socially responsible undergraduate leaders for the global community involving the entire student body offering volunteering and service-learning opportunities. In furthering our goal to create a diverse and engaged community, the Clark Center works closely with student organizations, academic departments, administrative offices, and community groups to promote the exploration and celebration of cultural, ethnic, religious and gender dimensions of our human experience for human flourishing and transformation.
Each year the Clark Center collaborates with regional, national and international partners to foster experiential learning for our students through the integration of our four pillars and their role in in community service activities.
Religion and Spirituality
Support of religious beliefs at the Clark Center is provided by three chaplains representing Catholicism, Judaism and Inter-denominational Christianity. They minister to the spiritual needs of students and staff by offering opportunities for faith sharing, one on one spiritual direction, retreat experiences and celebration of religious rituals.
Spirituality is about getting in touch with one's inner self. A component is self-reflection that deepens awareness of the sacredness and mystery of life. It is approached from a variety of perspectives including prayer, meditation, and relaxation techniques that promote peace of mind, body and spirit. Spirituality can be a belief system that is raised to a lifestyle, making life a sacred adventure.
Teaching promotes the belief that all people possess an equal and inalienable worth. This essential dignity includes the equitable distribution of resources enabling members to reach their full potential as human persons. Student, faculty and staff are invited to participate in weekly social justice workshops which address issues pertinent to local and global issues.
Activism and Advocacy
Enshrined in the legacy of past President Grace Dammann, who affirmed the right of the first African American student to be admitted to the college in 1938. Today, this pillar invites students to be at the forefront of championing social issues through education, petitions and peaceful demonstrations. Themes such as diversity and racism, responsible stewardship of the environment, LGBTQ-gender equality, as well as justice initiatives related to immigration and homelessness, are often the focus of these actions.
Community service experiences abound at Manhattanville. At the Clark Center, this pillar aims to create "ethically and socially responsible citizens" who demonstrate and inspire others through participation in a variety of programs: Big Brother/Big Sister, the Midnight Run, where care packages of essential items are delivered to persons who are homeless in New York City, mentoring programs, Habitat for Humanity, and numerous environmental programs with the Westchester Parks.
Clark Center in the News
Mikela Stephenson remained undaunted.”
"Mikela Stephenson aspired to be – and be treated – just like everybody else when she began her studies at Manhattanville College. Living with severe cerebral palsy, as Stephenson does, might make that proposition sound easier said than done. But the California native, who lives in Rye Brook, remained undaunted."
Sister Mary T. Clark, RSCJ Events
Chaplains Weekly Corner Christian Chaplain Latalya Morrison
Social Justice Weekly Speaker Series
Chaplains Weekly Corner Muslim Chaplain Stephen Curto
Interfaith Weekly Speaker Series