A Glimpse at Our Schedule…

Students spent the first week of Interterm learning about the foundations of two contemporary leadership models, Relational Leadership and Servant Leadership, in addition to a detailed overview of Hurricane Katrina including the immediate and long-term effects of the storm, as well as leadership decisions that were and were not made. They arrived in New Orleans on Saturday, January 9, 2010. The next day, January 10, began with an introduction to the oranization our group is working with this week, Rebuilding Together New Orleans (RTNO). A staff member from RTNO detailed the background of their organization, the criteria used for selecting homes to be rebuilt, and various experiences in New Orleans since Katrina.  Next an alum of Chapman University’s School of Law, and resident of New Orleans, spoke about his experience during and post-Katrina, while answering questions from the students. Following our morning class session, our group embarked on an informative, and eye-opening, three-hour tour of the areas most affected by Hurricane Katrina. Sunday concluded with our group checking into the volunteer center we are staying at for the week, St. Jude Rebuild Community Center.

Our schedule for Monday through Friday includes:

6:30 am breakfast and packing lunch for the day
8:00 am depart volunteer shelter for rebuild sites
4:30 pm return back to volunteer shelter
6:00 pm dinner
7:00 pm student-led reflection and class dialogue session

The days are long, but very fun and rewarding! It is one thing to study the Hurricane Katrina situation, but to experience the magnitude of this disaster from the heart of the city – even more than 4 years later – is incredible and moving.

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