NORTH NEWTON, KAN. A group of seven Bethel College students are studying social development and social justice in Mexico during a January interterm course taught by social work professor Larry Friesen. Traveling in Mexico with Friesen, the group will explore various topics, including urban and rural poverty, immigration and human rights issues and the role of religion and spirituality. The course will also include opportunities for students to dialogue with people from local communities about topics of social, political and economic justice. In addition, students will engage in a service and learning project as well as visit social service and development projects and attend presentations by representatives of indigenous groups.
Bethel College students enrolled in the course are seniors Sara O. Flaming, Newton; Joel F. Goering, Silver Spring, Md.; Mary Leichty, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; Jarod Waltner, Freeman, S.D.; and Kay L. Waters, Plevna; sophomores Lauren Gillis, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Karla Ratzlaff, Hesston.
This trip is a part of the college’s January interterm, during which students study one subject for a month. This year other students will also travel to Belize, east-central Europe, Germany and London. Many students also study on campus.