Capstone Groups Explore Ideas with Their Mentors

Food deserts, the influence of social media on children, gun violence and more are just some of the social justice issues members of the Class of 2016 are researching and exploring how to make a difference with their Senior Capstone Projects.

On Wednesday, September 9, seniors met with their mentors about their projects.

"Often times, students choose mentors because the mentors have worked on this issue before with another group," shared Senior Capstone Coordinator Molly Bardine.  "The purpose of the breakfast was to have the mentors clarify ideas, find out what aspects are important to the group, and give feedback." 

While several capstone mentors are CJ faculty and staff, there are some who work with other agencies or have an expertise in a topic because of their profession.

"Students have the opportunity to create those relationships with people who are outside of the building," said Bardine.

Along with writing a research paper about their topic, each capstone group will take action towards creating change or a discussion about their social justice issue.

"It's not like they are just looking at an issue and taking it simplified, pro-con," Bardine explained. "They are starting to ask questions that go to the heart of policy. Anytime we have our students working towards and recognizing how their faith affects their intellect and their studies, and how they are supposed to study and explore this issue in the eyes of faith, is very exciting."

Bardine said she was also excited to see current seniors taking on topics the Class of 2014 explored, and branching off of their ideas to dig deeper into issues.

"They are really engaged and have a lot of ideas already," shared Bardine. "The students have more questions because they thought about the ideas they wanted to be a part of and how they could do things differently. These seniors have seen this project since their sophomore and junior year, so I think they are more ready than ever to take this on."