Pictured from left:
Back row: Mackenzie Harris, Dr. Raquel Green, Nick Cipollone, Janet Gervais, Moira Melidosian, Shae McPherson, Ryan McLaughlin, Dr. Jerry Zurek
Front: Mariel Delacruz, Anie Jamgosian, Jaime Viggiano, Madison Milano, Marina Haley, Caroline McCarthy, Abby Pressimone
Jerry Zurek, Ph.D., chair and professor of communication, spent spring break with students in the Western Highlands of Guatemala.
The group worked alongside indigenous Mayan people at the San Lucas Toliman Mission to learn their way of life, hopes, and struggles.
Zurek was so moved by the experience that he composed a social media post that quickly went viral:
13 Reasons I’m Happy Today Spring Break in Guatemala with 13 Cabrini students who:
are willing to take chances
open their hearts to new people and new experiences
ask uncomfortable questions
learn from Guatemalan people that satisfaction comes from caring about others more than yourself
refuse to be a clique
build houses and safe stoves along with people from the community
talk to people rather than look at their smartphones
choose to live lives for others
see beauty all around them in people and nature
don't whine, ever!
work until jobs are done to the best of their ability
want to Do Something Extraordinary with their present and future!”
Zurek and Raquel Green, Ph.D., assistant professor of romance languages, accompanied 10 undergraduate and three graduate students to Guatemala as part of an ECG class “Working for Justice in Guatemala.”
The course explores the culture and bloody history of Mayan repression and resistance.
From their week-long experience working alongside the Mayans, students will take what they’ve learned and, in partnership with Catholic Relief Services, go to the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C.
The students will advocate for long-term development aid to help Mayans and other poor and vulnerable people around the world.
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