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*J-Term Tacoma, Washington | January Term on the Hilltop (SOCW 175) A, SO / (491) - OPEN
Tacoma, United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: J-Term
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Restrictions: PLU applicants only
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Minimum GPA: 2.0 Program Type: Faculty-Led
Language of Instruction: English
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Class Eligibility: 1.First-Year, 2.Sophomore, 3.Junior, 4.Senior Academic Area: Social Work
Language Courses Offered: No
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Credit Type:
Department Credit, Elective, General Education (A), General Education (SO)
Program Advisor: Megan Grover Eligible to Non-PLU Students: No
Faculty Leader(s): Dr. David Simpson
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Program may include: Service Learning/Volunteer
Program Description:
Program Description:
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Program Overview:
The course explores the interconnection of community, poverty, and thoughtful service. Students learn about the Tacoma community on campus and explore the community before the service activities begin. Students then spend their days volunteering in agencies that address problems of homelessness, hunger, employment, and health care. Speakers and opportunities to debrief as a class are part of each four-day week of service. Students journal and write a final essay/presentation about the role of service in their lives as well as the strengths and challenges of the community.

Why Study Social Work in the Hilltop Neighborhood of Tacoma?
Because this class is about community and about helping students to understand and identify strengths and resources of communities and individual that are often marginalized and stereotyped, it is essential that students spend a significant amount of time in the community. Students have been profoundly affected by this experience and come to challenge their own preconceptions. They begin to see people as individuals, rather than as a group – "the poor," "the homeless." It is only through the direct experience in the community that they can begin to challenge commonly held ideas.

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Tentative Program Dates:
January 2-4, 2019 - on-campus orientation to the program and meaningful service. 
Tuesday - Friday, weeks of the 8th, 15th, and 22nd - students will be engaged in service at various service sites in the Hilltop neighborhood. At least 2 days per week, speakers will be invited to discuss meaningful service.
January 29 and 30, Presentations, evaluations, final debrief.

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Final Program Fee:

Cost Includes:
  • Program-related ground transportation
  • Some meals
  • All entry fees to sites required for class and group excursions
Not included in the Itinerary:
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Cost of individual recreation
  • Laundry and personal expenses
  • Telephone/Internet charges

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