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Creighton University in cooperation with Jesuit Worldwide Learning: Higher Education at the Margins (formerly Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins) piloted a program in 2017-2018 in which 8 Creighton University undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences took an online course in Jesuit Worldwide Learning’s Diploma in Liberal Studies and a newly developed online course at Creighton University that framed their online experience in a global classroom with students living at the margins through readings, videos, discussions, reflections, and community service. This small-scale qualitative study seeks to understand what benefits arise for privileged students in a global classroom with students at the margins who also take an accompanying course designed to enhance this experience. Drawing upon questionnaires, an interview, and an essay, these findings are primarily descriptive in nature and reveal that students gained knowledge of and appreciation for the empowerment of (a Jesuit) education, displayed empathy with the marginalized populations, increased their self-knowledge, and also discovered a commitment to serve others.



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