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This quarter I am participating in another service learning class called Environmental Justice and Advocacy. It’s an elective for my major, so while not everyone is required to take this class it sounded like a great opportunity to get more involved in environmental justice outside of the classroom. In the first week of class, I was placed with Rebuilding Exchange, a nonprofit focused on diverting building materials that would go to landfills and repurposing them for sustainable reuse. They also have a job training program to assist individuals who face barriers to employment (due to previous incarceration, homelessness, etc.) in gaining skills in the field of sustainable reconstruction. This organization does a multitude of amazing things for communities in Chicago, and I feel lucky to be able to intern with them this quarter! Service learning classes are truly some of my favorite. Although a lot of extra time and effort is required, the people you meet and the experience you have makes everything worth it.

Since I want to work at an environmental nonprofit in the future, gaining experience with one as an undergraduate is one of the best opportunities to set myself up for success. DePaul offers a variety of service-learning courses​ that match you up with nonprofits in Chicago, and this will be my third time taking one. These classes are unique to DePaul and reflect the Vincentian mission​ of the University, which was one of my initial reasons for choosing this school. DePaul truly puts an emphasis on service, and being in the city of Chicago offers so many opportunities to get involved. From service learning classes to countless service organizations, DePaul has countless ways for students to serve the community around them. ​

 
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