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High Impact Practices


The CASA initiative will grow and support a university-wide framework to enhance curricular and co-curricular programs through high-impact educational experiences. Faculty and student services staff will create a comprehensive plan for the integration of high-impact practices, with the goal of engaging each student at SXU in at least one practice during each of their years in college. A series of workshops will be offered for faculty and staff to build culturally-relevant practices into curricula and programming. A Community Advisory Board will be established to create local partnerships to enhance high-impact practices.

For more information about high impact practices, please reach out to Dr. Manal Kanaan, director of High Impact Practices at kanaanFREESXU.

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Scarlet and Gray awards

The annual Scarlet and Gray Awards Ceremony honors outstanding student leaders, organizations, and achievements in service and extracurricular involvement.

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X-Factor Student Leaders are hired each spring through the student leadership search process. Highly talented students are recruited as orientation leaders, resident assistants, peer ministers and more!


Student Employment

Student employment roles help students meet the financial needs of pursuing their education while gaining pre-professional experience.

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Schmitt Scholars

The Schmitt Scholars Program promotes the development of promising student leaders, helping prepare them to make a broader impact on the world after graduation.

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SXU Experience

Students can serve as a peer SUCCESS mentor, helping to ease the transition from high school to college and fostering peer-to-peer connections.

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The Den LogoUse the Service tool in the Den, powered by GivePulse, to identify a variety of service opportunities in the community!

spring break service trips

SXU students on a spring break service trip

Spring Break Service Trips let students step outside of their comfort zones and see the country from a different perspective. Accompanied by staff chaperones, groups travel to various sites across the U.S. to spend a week living simply in community, providing daily service to those in need, and reflecting on the causes of poverty and the deeper meaning of Christian service.

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Mercy volunteer corps

Mercy Volunteer Corps: Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Volunteer Corps (MVC) promotes social change by placing and supporting volunteers for one year of service with economically poor and marginalized people. Mercy Volunteers live a simple lifestyle in a community while practicing compassionate service and spirituality.

Service Week

Faculty, staff and students participate in service initiatives during Service Week which is tied closely to the critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy, with opportunities to provide support at the University and external organizations. This event takes place during the same week as We Are SXU Day.

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Belize trip

The International Mercy Service Trip to Belize, Central America, lets students experience a new culture while building a home for a needy family.

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Service Club

The Service Club promotes service in the community and encourages planning and participating in service projects.

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Cougar Service Scholars

The Cougar Service Scholars provide acts of service and charity throughout the Chicagoland area.

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American Red Cross Club

Guided by the fundamental principles of the American Red Cross, the ARC Club will learn, practice, and exemplify humanitarian values through mission-related service projects.

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