The Rev. Robin R. and Daniel B. Hatzenbuehler Summer Ministry Fellowship for Social Justice will enable a student to engage in directed study and experiential learning in the context of ministry, social justice and ethics. Within each fellowship experience, students will study and discuss appropriate readings; engage in hands-on, community-based learning; and meet regularly with a faculty mentor and the college chaplain to facilitate intentional reflection. To bring the experience together and communicate to others what s/he has learned, each Hatzenbuehler Fellow will also develop a final “product” related to the fellowship experience. For example, s/he might deliver a sermon or create a video or other display as determined by the Fellow in consultation with his/her mentor(s).
To be selected for The Rev. Robin R. and Daniel B. Hatzenbuehler Summer Ministry Fellowship for Social Justice, students will submit a written application with a faculty reference in November. In it, they will describe their interest and past involvement in ministry and social justice, as well as their aspirations for the impact of the fellowship and a proposed placement or project. Social justice may include working toward equality for individuals and groups (e.g., in terms of gender, race or human sexuality) or larger community and world issues (e.g., homelessness, poverty, multi-cultural understanding, religious or ethnic tolerance, environmental or health care concerns). A committee of faculty and Chaplain’s Office staff will review the applications and announce the award recipient in February. Along with the chaplain, each year a faculty mentor with expertise that supports recipient’s proposed project will also be named.
The Rev. Robin R. and Daniel B. Hatzenbuehler Summer Ministry Fellowship for Social Justice will enable worthy students, who otherwise might have to take mundane summer employment, to have a life-changing experience while earning a stipend. Additionally, the fellowship will empower students to explore an aspect of ministry that advances social justice. While making a difference in their community, they will grow as individuals and communicate what they have learned, stimulating others’ involvement in social justice issues.