Be The Change: Martín-Baró Scholars
Members of USF's Martín-Baró Scholars living-learning community help the children of homeless families at Raphael House in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood.
The Martín-Baró Scholars program is a yearlong living-learning community intended for first-year students at the University of San Francisco. Now completing its eighteenth year, the program integrates five core requirements into a single, comprehensive curriculum that examines issues of poverty, social justice, and diversity.
Using the city of San Francisco as an experiential springboard, students develop their abilities in observation, discussion, analysis, and writing through a multidimensional lens. Students will be proactive in engaging with the societal problems they examine by doing significant service with one community partner for an entire academic year.
This year the central focus of the Martín-Baró Scholars Program is on social justice in San Francisco. To engage with this challenging subject, we will combine our classroom texts and assignments with a service-learning project. Students who successfully complete the Martín-Baró Scholars Program curriculum earn 8 units of credit in the fall, and 8 more units in the spring. MBS typically takes up half of your schedule each semester, allowing you to take two other classes each semester.