C.U.R.T.I.S. Week, an acronym for Community Understanding and Reflection Through Inner-city Service, is an annual week of engagement and immersion in Bridgeport, CT. Named after the founder of Sacred Heart, Bishop Walter W. Curtis, the week allows students to experience the urban issues of poverty, racism and immigration on a first-hand level.
The program takes place the week prior to the start of spring semester classes in January. Students are housed in a local church and delegated to several sites throughout the city to help with service projects. Nightly, the students share a meal and reflect on the issues faced by the surrounding community. Representatives from Bridgeport are invited to attend meal times and to lead the group in critical reflections and discussions.
Applications are accepted in October. Upon acceptance, a $50 deposit is required to participate. For information about C.U.R.T.I.S. Week, please email Volunteer Programs.