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ACU at CitySquare places students in transformative learning experiences.  These points of connection include both undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs.  They are both curricular and co-curricular experiences.  And they involve both new and existing programs.  These points of connection will come from each of ACU’s Colleges, involve many departments and student life programs.

Student learning and formation through ACU at CitySquare takes many different forms.  We refer to these different forms of learning and formation as engagements.  These engagements include projects, courses, internships and practica, formative experiences, and degree programs. You can follow student engagement through ACU at CitySquare on this site.

Degrees

The Honors Interdisciplinary Studies Degree at ACU allows students to combine multiple areas of study as a part of an interdisciplinary studies team engaging justice and urban poverty. We refer to this as the Justice and Urban Studies Team (JUST). You can link to their active blog site.

Abilene Christian University’s Graduate Dietetic Internship program is a 15-hour graduate-level certificate program designed to prepare students with the academic and clinical training to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The program, which is located in Dallas in partnership with ACU at CitySquare, is one of the first programs in the nation to offer an internship program with an emphasis on “Poverty and Community.” For more information, click here.

Internships

At CitySquare, ACU students have the opportunity to engage in internships and practica across multiple departments. Some of these internship possibilities include management, information technology, spiritual life, community health service, work paths, nurture knowledge and nutrition, law center, public policy, and community development.

Abilene Christian University’s Graduate Dietetic Internship program is a 15-hour graduate-level certificate program designed to prepare students with the academic and clinical training to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The program, which is located in Dallas in partnership with ACU at CitySquare, is one of the first programs in the nation to offer an internship program with an emphasis on “Poverty and Community.” For more information, click here.

Courses

Courses offered at CitySquare offer the opportunity for in-context learning so that the boundary between the traditional classroom and the world are more permeable. ACU at CitySquare courses occur in multiple formats – short courses, online courses, or hybrid courses are a few examples.

Some of the courses are related to the Justice and Urban Studies Team (Message of the Old Testament, CORE 210, Ethics, Social Theory, Rhetoric and Social Justice, Computer Science, Psychology, Marketing, and Public Speaking). Departments and Colleges such as Political Science and the College of Business Administration offer courses in May and January short-course formats. Dr. Laura Phillips has been offering her course in Social Entrepreneurship as a January short-course for the last two years. She has had Dallas presenters such as J. McDonald Williams, Don Crisp, Scott Orr and Larry James help to deliver creative thinking and inspiration for business students. Dr. Stephen Baldridge has been teaching a CORE 210 course in Dallas in the summer that has been a very powerful contextual course.

Projects

ACU at CitySquare provides the context for course projects and research. Both graduate and undergraduate ACU students engage in meaningful research that advances student learning and benefits the mission of CitySquare.

Undergraduates are involved in three powerful projects.

Students are working with four south Dallas elementary schools, thirteen student teams comprised of over 200 students from 8-12 years of age. Last year, one of these groups won a national award fro their project that was designed to close down drug houses in south Dallas. Four of our ACU students and three elementary school students traveled to India to present their work at an international conference called Design for Change.

Undergraduate students are working with neighbors who are emerging out of prison but are finding reentry into community to be difficult. They have developed a curriculum to build their capacity to be fully functioning members of their community. Often, when Jesus heals people, we see them sent to the priest (Matthew 8:4), or back into the community with a mission (john 4:28). We believe that until people are welcomed back into community, that healing is incomplete. Our students call this Shame Resilience.

Undergraduate students are engaging neighbors in a place called Sand Branch, near Seagoville. This small community has no running water or trash collection. We are discovering that there is threatening poverty within twenty minutes of the affluence of Dallas. Our students are learning about ways to listen, to investigate, and to consider how to make a community like Sand Branch a more healthy and hopeful place to live.

Experiences

ACU at CitySquare engages undergraduate students in hands-on leadership development which results in greater self-awareness, stronger inter-cultural understanding and a clearer sense of Christian vocation.