A Feeling for Problem Solving
Creating a better world begins with a deep understanding of current social challenges, from the personal to the macro-level. Addressing complex social issues involves numbers and data for a logical interpretation of a situation. However, transformational change requires a capacity to feel the plight of those who experience injustices and difficulties. As a USD Changemaker Campus, we emphasize the importance of developing empathy through our courses, programs, projects and study abroad opportunities. One example is the Jamaica Project, an evolving partnership between USD professors, staff and students and the community of Duncans, Jamaica. Participants conduct service projects in conjunction with the people in the Jamaican community. They participate in the richness of everyday life experiences, quickly moving beyond a “do-gooder” and “let’s take pictures” mentality to one of bonding, recognition, and respect.