Contact CSA with Virtual Appointments
Need to contact our staff? Please see the list below on contacts for each of our departments to schedule a virtual appointment via Calendly.
- Community Based Learning (CBL) and Special Games: Patrick Furlong
- Service Orgs and Learning Communities: Chelsea Brown
- Alternative Breaks and Advocacy: Alyssa Perez
- El Espejo and Food Pantry: Carolina Martinez
- Any other questions: Patrick Furlong
For more information on what's happening currently at the university, visit LMU's Coronavirus website.
Virtual Service/Advocacy Opportunities
Are you a community partner and/or nonprofit organization that is interested in trying to reach virtual volunteers? Email Chelsea Brown, to help get your opportunity to the correct audience.
CSA is working with our local community partners to identify opportunities to still do service virtually and through other formats during COVID-19. Opportunities often become available from organizations like Mar Vista Family Center, Safe Place for Youth, Ascension Catholic School and more. To see those opportunities and sign up to serve, click here.
- Service Opportunities on LEO Powered By GivePulse
- Points of Light: Points of Light has created a database of virtual opportunities through their partners.
- Be My Eyes: This is a free mobile app that connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers through a live video call to help solve tasks big and small.
- Crisis Text Line: Crisis Text Line is the free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the United States. The service is powered by volunteer Crisis Counselors who work remotely —anywhere with a computer and secure internet connection works.
- Smithsonian Digital Transcription Volunteers: Become a Smithsonian Digital Volunteer and help make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible.
- UN Volunteers: Online volunteering allows organizations and volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges –anywhere in the world.
- Translators Without Borders: If you speak a second language help translate documents for nonprofits around the world.
- Fill out the 2020 Census: Did you know the US Census happensevery 10 years. Census results determine how many seats in Congress each state is allocated. Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. Check with your family and friends to make sure they completed the Census and help them do so!
- Helping Hands a new nonprofit created in response to COVID-19 that connects able-bodied, willing volunteers with vulnerable individuals to deliver groceries and other supplies
- Giving Blood at UCLA
- Volunteer to help distribute free meals. Hundreds of volunteers are needed every weekday morning starting March 18 to help the Red Cross, LA County Office of Emergency Management and the Los Angeles Unified School District serve prepared meals to families and students affected by school closures.
- The Clinton Global Initiative Action Network has identified a number of great ways that you can support communities in need by making a small but meaningful difference in the lives of others.
- CGI U launched the COVID-19 Student Action Fund. This action fund is geared towards projects addressing the public health, economic, and societal impacts of the novel coronavirus — with commitments ranging from awareness and prevention campaigns, to social enterprises, to infectious disease monitoring and response systems, to other emergency response initiatives that are providing immediate support for public health practitioners and other essential workers on the frontlines. Deadline to apply is June 3, 2020.
View all of our virtual events on LEO.
Justice on Tap is Going Virtual
All are welcome to join us for this gathering - please RSVP so we can send out the Zoom link before the meeting. For those of you who are 21+ please feel free to BYO adult beverage to the Zoom and we will channel our inner Loft vibes! RSVP on LEO.
- Tuesday, April 7 from 6-8 p.m. RSVP here >>
- Thursday, April 16 from 5-6:30 p.m. RSVP here >>
- Thursday, April 23 from 5-6 p.m. RSVP here >>
- Thursday, April 30 from 5-6 p.m. RSVP here >>
Solidarity on Tap
In light of COVID-19, the Ignatian Solidarity Network invites you to our very first virtual Solidarity on Tap series on Wednesday, April 8 at 6 p.m. PDT. Enjoy fellowship and hear powerful reflections from members of the network engaged in work for justice—from a screen near you!
Q&A with our very own Dr. Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu, Theologian Loyola Marymount University.
Check out CSA's Facebook Live Page and join the watch party!
- Service Opportunities on LEO Powered By GivePulse
- Ignatian Solidarity Network
- Black Lives Matter
- HeadSpace student plan ($9.99 for a year of meditation content)
- InsightTimer (free meditation app)
- 3 Minute Retreats from Loyola Press
- Social justice films: The Chicago Reporter's: "13 Essential Social Justice-Themed Films of the 2010s"
- LMU Mission and Ministry: Prayer requests, reflections, and more!
Staff picks for Our Favorite Social Justice Podcasts
- Intersectionality: The podcast that brings intersectionality to life.
- Throughline: a podcast that goes back in the past to understand social justice issues in the present.
- Gentrification in America: There Goes the Neighborhood on NPR
- Season 1: New York
- Season 2: Los Angeles
- Season 3: Miami
- Faith and spirituality: Jesutical, a podcast for young Catholics
- Stories about single acts of kindness: Kind World
- Storytelling: The Moth
- Hurricane Katrina: Floodlines
- Getting by in today’s chaotic world with the wisdom of Mr. Rogers: Finding Fred
- How are things we’re talking about in the USA being talked about in other countries in the world: Rough Translation
- Conversations about race and identity: Code Switch
- Slavery and America: 1619
- "Off Press" The Podcast of LMU Magazine: Episode 23: Chilembwe Mason '98, M.D.
Readings About Racial Justice and Challenging Systemic Racism
- "Upending the Ivory Tower: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Ivy League" by LMU Professor Dr. Stefan Bradley
- "So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo
- "Race Matters" by Cornell West
- "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander
- "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism" by Robin DiAngelo
- "How to be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi
- "A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind" by Harriet A. Washington
- "The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students" by Anthony Abraham Jack
- Article: The assumptions of white privilege and what you can do about it by Bryan Massingale, S.J.
- Have younger siblings you want to engage? Check out some of the best books on racism and protest for kids from the New York Times.
This list was created in April and will continue to grow and evolve. Have a service, justice, or advocacy resource or reflection that you think should be included here for your fellow students? Please email Patrick Furlong your suggestion!