Latino/Latina Religions 2010, Dallas

Service Learning Project, Fall 2010: Documenting History


During fall 2010, students in the class Latino/Latina Religions are documenting the history of St. Mary's College for Women and Pre-GED school at St. Matthew's Cathedral, the Episcopal Cathedral in Dallas, which is experiencing a surge in Latino parishioners. Through work in the archives, interviews with Pre-GED School students and volunteers, and ethnographic work with the parish, the class will produce a history of the church and its programs that will enable the congregation to better understand its multicultural make-up, the historic trends that led to this make-up, and the relationship between the church, its programs and the surrounding community.

Latino/Latina Religions is a Cultural Formations class taught by Jill DeTemple, assistant professor of Religious Studies in Dedman College. The class explores the intricate religious terrain of the borderlands through readings, coursework and service learning.

Students in the class are documenting their service learning experience(s) in a blog that can be found at the following link to "SMU Adventures:"