Seattle Pacific Reachout International (SPRINT) aims to encourage students to engage in global topics, develop in cultural competency, and deepen understanding of community development. As a part of SPRINT, we hope to gain insights in to history, place and context as we move towards living more justly.
Student teams participating in SPRINT, work with Christian organizations in the host communities. While there, the student-led teams serve and learn through opportunities to engage with local initiatives led by congregations, community leaders, and educators.
Due to COVID, SPRINT has shifted its focus to preparing students to engage in global topics, develop in cultural competency, and deepen understanding of community development. In light of this we will be preparing our core to help students develop in these ways through our quarterly "Global Perspectives" Talks and our SPRINT Trips, that will focus on learning themes specific to the place and context where we will be visitng.
An innovative addition during COVID, SPRINT core leadership invites and facilitates a discussion with a selected guest expert on a selected global topic. In inviting students to join along and participate, SPRINT Core hopes to introduce students to a common global topic, model the process of unlearning and unpacking preconceived ideas, while embodying Perkins Center model of Christian Community Development (Reconciliation, Redistribution, Relocation) in becoming Global Citizens who are capable of engaging.
SPRINT 2021 Experience
SPRINT core leadership is creating an alternative immersive engagement by examining a global issue in the localized Seattle context. Focuses included:
Participants undergo extensive pre-trip preparation with training meetings, team-building activities, and a 2-credit course covering topics of theology, community development, and reconciliation.
SPRINT is facilitated by student leaders and operates under the guidance of John Perkins Center staff, who serve as advisors for student leaders.
Team members have begun their fundraising. You can support our SPRINTers for their life-changing experience by donating toward their trip costs. Donations are tax-deductible according to applicable tax laws.
For our SPU campus community, students participate in several fundraisers, giving faculty and staff the opportunity to support SPRINTers through their purchase of various items.
To learn more about the lasting impact on students returning from a trip, read “Impact on Reentry” in Response magazine.
Review the expected student global learning outcomes and values (PDF).