All Gonzaga students have regular ongoing opportunities to serve the local community, support broader outreach, and promote the common good. A schedule of events with detailed descriptions of the opportunities as well as information on service requirements, is accessible to students by clicking on the Campus Ministry link in each class year’s Canvas course. Reminders will be shared with students from Campus Ministers, faculty, and in some cases, coaches or Gonzaga clubs. Students are encouraged to record their participation in the Mobileserve app--we love knowing what students are doing and hope to celebrate student service, whether it goes toward completing a requirement or simply reflects their interests and attention to the good of the community.
Faith in Action Programming
Our Faith in Action Programming offers diverse opportunities to respond to the needs of the poor and marginalized while exploring pressing social issues. The events of our Faith in Action calendar fall into four distinct categories:
Class Year Service Requirement
Service requirements, which are the student's responsibility to meet, must be completed to progress to the next year and to graduate. Each class has a designated service coordinator in Campus Ministry, who in addition to checking in with all students about satisfying their requirement, will visit classes to clarify the process and offer additional support in partnership with teaching faculty.
Local Service Opportunities
Campus Ministry coordinates and promotes a variety of local direct service opportunities during the academic year. These opportunities are all presented to students in our Faith in Action Programming as building blocks of the Responding to Community Needs Challenge (see above). Participation frequently requires signing up in advance as space can be limited.
Service Immersion Trips
On a wide variety of immersion trips, led by members of the Gonzaga faculty and staff, Gonzaga outreach groups accompany and serve a host community. While there, students live simply, build community, participate in prayer and reflection, and work to understand both the gifts and hardships of a particular community.
Spring and summer immersion experiences are often a highlight in a student’s four years at Gonzaga. Application is required. Typically, juniors apply for upcoming spring and summer immersion trips in November and freshmen and sophomores apply in late January to attend one of four summer immersion trips based in Emmitsburg, Maryland and the McKenna Center.