Thirteen Students Participate in Annual CURTIS Week Program

Tabitha Kayembe, graduate assistant for Volunteer Programs & Service Learning, and Kyle Blake ’17 put together bags of food at the Daughters of Charity in Bridgeport during CURTIS Week.

News Story: January 10, 2014

Thirteen Sacred Heart students spent January 8-12 participating in the University’s CURTIS Week program before heading back to classes for the spring semester. CURTIS Week, which stands for Community Understanding & Reflection Through Inner-city Service, honors the Most Reverend Walter W. Curtis, second Bishop of Bridgeport and founder of the University. This annual program is sponsored by Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

“The goal of CURTIS Week is to encourage understanding among all people throughout the world, beginning here at home,” said Megan Houlihan-Aceto, associate director of the Office of Volunteer Programs & Service Learning, which sponsors the program. Houlihan-Aceto participated in the program along with the students.

The immersion program includes both cultural and service activities and focuses on the issues of social justice and multiculturalism that perpetuate poverty. This year’s events included work at the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Alpha Community Services YMCA, Prospect House, Caroline House, Daughters of Charity, CES Rise Program and Habitat for Humanity. The students also had a chance to see the financial disparity evident in Bridgeport neighborhoods, learn to Salsa dance, experience various cuisines and attend church services of several different cultures.