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Service Learning and the PULSE Program at BC

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Meghan T. Sweeney
Boston College

Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Time: 12:00-1:15 pm
Location: The Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road

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The PULSE Program for Service Learning began in 1969, founded by Boston College students who wanted to integrate their academic work in philosophy and theology with social action and "real world" concerns. While PULSE's original goal focused on improving urban social conditions by emphasizing rapid and marked social change through coordinated student action, eventually the program's emphasis shifted towards participation in community-based initiatives and continued reflection on the challenges of modern community life. Today PULSE offers sixteen sections of its core course and nine elective courses, it partners with fifty-five community organizations, and it expects to enroll about 500 students in 2016-2017.


Meghan T. Sweeney, associate professor of the practice of theology, joined the Boston College faculty in 2006 to teach in the PULSE Program for Service Learning. In June, 2014 she became the program's Cooney Family Director. Active in parish ministry as an Episcopal priest, Meghan has been a hospital chaplain, campus minister, and has volunteered in a variety of community organizations.

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sweeney interview

In 2009 New York Times reporter, Stephanie Storm investigated the effectiveness of service learning in colleges and universities in the United States. Meghan Sweeney, director of Boston College's PULSE Program for Service Learning, will speak to Boston College's service and volunteer culture at a Boisi Center luncheon on September 13.