• Social Justice Initiatives

  • Catalyst Trips

    The purpose of Catalyst is to use direct service to investigate questions of justice and community. These trips are designed to provide you with an opportunity to participate in community service projects over spring break. Each trip is led by a student leader and supported by staff resource persons.

    Catalyst trips are organized through the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice.

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    Check out our exciting 2013 Catalyst Blogs. Not only will you learn more about the trips, but students will give daily updates about their work in New Orleans, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.. White Earth will be posting after spring break because they will not have internet access on the trip.

    You can also viewblogsfrom past Catalyst Trips!

    2014 Catalyst Spring Break Service and Social Justice Trips

    Washington DC

    Lead Focus: Homelessness

    Intersecting focuses may include: politics, hunger, racial justice, women’s rights, and more.

    New Orleans

    Lead Focus: Hurricane relief

    Intersecting focuses may include: poverty, homelessness, youth, interfaith work, racial justice, and more.

    San Francisco

    Lead Focus: Queer Communities

    Intersecting focuses may include: poverty, homelessness, racial justice, food justice,
    youth, inclusive religious communities and more.


    Lead Focus: The Good Food Revolution

    Intersecting focuses may include: racial justice, poverty, the gardening movement, youth, and more.

    Apply to Attend a Catalyst Trip!

    Registration for the 2014 Catalyst Trips is now closed. Thank you to all the students who applied this year. Check back to here for news on the upcoming trips and the students; experiences.

    Catalyst in Action

    Check out our video and image gallery to see what a Catalyst trip is like!


    Community Partners

    Chicago: Community partners include Little Black Pearl, and others.

    New Orleans - First Street United Methodist Church
    First Street UMC- Service opportunities at First Street included physical work on people’s homes and community involvement with neighborhood people as needed.

    Washington DC: Community partners include the N Street Shelter; the Steinbruck Center; the National Coalition for the Homeless; DC Central Kitchen; and SOME, So Others Might Eat.


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  • Wesley Center News

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