Students recently traveled to East L.A. to immerse themselves in the culture of the community and learn about the social, political and economic challenges residents face every day. Through visits to Homeboy Industries and Dolores Mission, students were able to witness strength and resilience and, for a short time, stand in solidarity. The delegation also met with Notre Dame Sisters of St. Columbkille, sharing a connection to St. Julie, education and inclusion.
The group stayed at Dolores Mission and spent time touring the parish, attending mass and working with the after school program. "Something that really struck me while I was there, was the amount of hope that the people in the Dolores Mission had and what they sacrificed to make the future bright and safe for their kids," shared Elizabeth '20.
"I really enjoyed attending the Spanish Mass and talking with Homeboy employees and Boyle Heights community members," shared Gwen '20. "Having conversations with natives of the area about their gang experiences also highlighted the strength within the community." Students were able to tour Homeboy Industries and learn about their extensive work with gang members. They also visited Homegirl Cafe and were able to meet Father Greg Boyle, Homeboy's founder and a past ND Reads speaker at Notre Dame. An important component of Notre Dame's Global Education Program is that students are asked to be witnesses and advocates for justice and social change, transforming the community. Students will share their reflections and experiences with their Notre Dame sisters through various avenues in the coming year.