Dorothy Day Social Justice Community

Dorothy Day Social Justice Community

A Living Learning Community

"The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us."

- Dorothy Day

What is the purpose of this community?

The Social Justice Living Learning Community is an opportunity for sophomore students to live on a floor in Straz Tower and focus on creating positive social change.

Participants will take one class with fellow community members each semester:

  • Fall semester: Philosophy 2310, Philosophy of Ethics
  • Spring semester: Theology 3530, Theology and Economics

The courses include a service-learning component designed to enhance students' academic experience through engagement with Milwaukee. Spend your sophomore year living with others who have similar goals: advocating for justice issues, whether poverty or fair trade, the environment or education.

DDSJ Wall Decal

What will I gain by being part of the community?

As a member of the Social Justice Living Learning Community, you will:

  • Take classes focused specifically on social justice with opportunities for service learning
  • Live with others who share the same interest in social justice
  • Have access to additional development opportunities within the residence hall
  • Connect with faculty and staff members who will help you explore your advocacy and service interests

DDSJ Retreat Photo

What can I do to be a part of the community?

All interested students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Sophomore standing (second academic year at Marquette) in 2018
  • Plan to take PHIL 2310 and THEO 3530 sophomore year
    • Submit an application to the community below. 

More resources

  • Frequently asked questions
  • Applications are available to apply for the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Priority deadline is February 22, 2019 (applications are due March 10, 2019)

If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Gerth-Antoniewicz, Assistant Director for Residence Life Education at


To apply to the Dorothy Day Social Jsutice Living Learning Community for the 2019-2020 academic year, please fill out the form below.
As part of the application process, it will be necessary for the Office of Residence Life to review your academic transcript(s) and verify your GPA/QPA. I, the above named student, hereby authorize and grant permission to Marquette University to provide copies of any and all education records at Marquette University to the Office of Residence Life. Such records include, but are not limited to GPA and OPA.
Preferred Roommate(s)
Do you have a preferred roommate?
If you have a preferred roommate, please list their name. Please note that in order to live in the DDSJ LLC, they must sign up and be accepted into the program.
Room Type
Do you have a preferred room type?
Have you completed PHIL1001?
Have you completed PHIL 2310 or THEO 3530?
The Dorothy Day Social Justice Program involved taking two service learning classes over the course of the year and participation in out-of-classroom reflections and activities. How does this program fit with plans that you may have for involvement in student clubs or organizations,study abroad programs,other service programs,or other out-of-classroom activities?
Please share why you want to be a part of the Dorothy Day Social Justice Community?
How would becoming part of this community help you grow personally and contribute to social justice issues on campus and in the surrounding or global communities?
What else should we know about you as we consider your acceptance into this program?
I understand that by joining Dorothy Day Social Justice LLC,I commit to the following requirements:
  • Coursework:
    • Dorothy Day members take two courses together during the year. You must enroll in the Dorothy Day section of PHIL 2310 (fall) and THEO 3530 (spring).
    • You must attend a Fall and Spring retreat with the community. 
  • Events: 
    • Intentional community living is a cornerstone of the Dorothy Day Community. Members of the community commit to spending intentional time together each week. 
    • The Dorothy Day Community takes part in a variety of service and justice events throughout the course of the year. 
  • Service Learning:
    • 30 hours of service throughout the semester (about 3 hours per week).
    • Dorothy Day students must complete the entire semester through the last week of classes.
    • If you are having a hard time making connections, ASK your professor, site contact, and/or talk with any one of the Directors of the Service Learning Program.
    • Be consistent in their attendance at their site.
    • Follow the expectations of the sites, including dressing appropriately, completing training and background checks,etc.
    • If you are having challenges or are not adhering to the rules/protocols of the organization,you must meet with the Assistant Director of the Service Learning Program.
    • The Service Learning Office will also meet with organizations to make sure you are able to do work and participate in activities that align with your course learning objectives.
    • Dorothy Day students are expected to communicate with the Service Learning Office if they are unable to connect what their service work with their coursework.
Agreement to Terms
I have read the expectations of the Dorothy Day Social Justice Living-Learning Community above and agree to work toward the tenants and spirit of the Dorothy Day Social Justice LLC for the 2019-2020 academic year.