About the Center for Educational Outreach
Utilizing education as its focal point, the center aims to promote the Catholic values of social justice and dignity by conducting outreach through a variety of programs. Our initiatives function with the core belief that our Catholic mission challenges us to serve those on the margins. It is in responding to this challenge that we live our Catholic mission and instigate positive change in our society.
San Juan Diego Scholars Program
As an apostolate of the Brothers of Holy Cross, Holy Cross College strives to welcome and support qualified DACA youth to pursue a Catholic college education. Our Holy Cross and Catholic values promote social justice and the dignity of each person. DACA qualified youth are firmly established into the fabric of our community and deserve opportunities to develop their abilities the fullest extent. These youth typically bring bi-cultural and bi-lingual understandings that are an important asset to serving various needs in our society. Importantly, our approach in welcoming DACA-qualified youth is in full alignment with that of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) with regards to advocacy for immigrants in the United States. Holy Cross College invites DACA-eligible students to apply for the San Juan Diego Scholars program. Recipients attain a scholarship that covers the majority of their college tuition for up to four years. Scholars are expected to maintain a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher each academic year and provide 13 hours of service each week throughout the academic year. To learn more about the scholarship and eligibility requirements visit our Financial Aid webpage.
Westville Education Initiative
Westville Educational Initiative (WEI) is a collaboration between Holy Cross College, the University of Notre Dame, Bard Prison Initiative, and the Indiana Department of Corrections. WEI is a college program located at the Westville Correctional Facility that enrolls incarcerated men, creating an opportunity for these students to earn a college degree while serving their sentences. WEI students join a burgeoning program at Westville Correctional Facility and innumerable students around the world who are engaged in challenging studies of the liberal arts. The initiative seeks to provide both a rigorous academic program and a supportive environment for the exchange of ideas. Holy Cross College and the University of Notre Dame are committed to the liberal arts and to increasing their practical impact on the world. Click here to learn more.
Alesha Seroczynski, Ph.D. – Director of College Operations, WEI
In addition to her position at Holy Cross College, Alesha Seroczynski is a Faculty Affiliate with the William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families at the University of Notre Dame. She moved into this position after five years in administration, most recently as Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences at Bethel College, Indiana. Alesha has published and presented at several international venues, including the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Psychiatry Research, Journal of Research in Character Education, the Association for Moral Education, the Association for General and Liberal Studies, and the Jubilee Center for Character and Virtues. Her graduate training in developmental and counseling psychology included clinical work with ADHD and aggressive adolescents; and long-standing literary, philosophical and theological interests led Alesha to pursue some post-graduate study of several great thinkers. Alesha integrated the ideas of ancient and contemporary scholars into Reading for Life, an innovative program for juvenile offenders that utilizes small group mentoring, Aristotelian virtue theory, and great stories to inspire at-risk youth to make better life choices. In 2010, she won a two-year fellowship as a University of Chicago-sponsored virtue scholar in their Arête Initiative (see www.scienceofvirtues.org), where she participated in several think-tanks with twenty other international scholars on the development and application of virtue theory to promote human flourishing. This award laid the foundation for a critical evaluation of Reading for Life (www.ireadforlife.org), which has since grown to be St. Joseph County’s largest and most successful diversion program for juvenile offenders. Alesha earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas, her M.A. in Counseling Psychology (1994) and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology (1999) from the University of Notre Dame.
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