High School Seniors Explore Augustinian Values of Love at Villanova Program

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Villanova University has been hosting 14 Philadelphia-area high school seniors in July for its three-week “Civitas Through Caritas: Cultivating Love, Cultivating Citizens” Program on campus.

The “Civitas through Caritas” program invites students to explore how the Augustinian values of love (caritas) and community can impact what it means to be an engaged citizen in civic society (civitas).

It is led by Marylu Hill, PhD, a teaching professor in the Augustine and Culture Seminar Program (ACS).

She received a three-year, $210,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation in 2020  to support the project.

The students come from 10 area high schools, including four public schools, four Catholic schools, an independent college prep school and a charter school.

“They are academically engaged and eager to explore the topic of love and citizenship,” Dr. Hill says. “Equally as important, our students come from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, and they will clearly benefit from the support and skills our program can give them to prepare for the college experience.”

Students come from underserved and/or underrepresented groups facing barriers to higher education.

The program encourages students to pursue liberal arts.

One-on-one mentoring helps the students draft college applications as they develop writing and reading skills.

Read more about the Civitas through Caritas program at villanova.edu.