La Casa de Amistad, South Bend, IN - Outstanding Community Partner Award
The mission of La Casa de Amistad is to empower the Latino/Hispanic community within Michiana by providing educational, cultural, and advocacy services in a welcoming, bilingual environment. The partnership that La Casa de Amistad has created with staff, faculty, and students at the University of Notre Dame is one of the key reasons the mission is being fulfilled. The partnerships with multiple departments across the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College, and Indiana University South Bend shows true collaboration and has allowed for tremendous growth.
The community partners at La Casa de Amistad have fully embraced the idea of community as classroom - they are true co-educators. Marisel Moreno, Assistant Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame, describes the impact the partnership has had on her students and her, "Teaching service learning courses partnered with La Casa has altered the way I look at teaching and I also know that working with the children at La Casa has been a life changing experience for my students. I believe that is because of our understanding that this is a mutual and balanced relationship where each side performs an equally important task. The last three years have given us, both my classes and La Casa, amazing opportunities for growth and development - precisely what a community partner should provide." Watch video.