An update from Garrett, a senior majoring in religious studies and political science: When I first found out about the Jubilee organization and its positive effect on its surrounding community, I was naturally astounded and inspired. I’d heard of similar projects around the world, but I’d never actually had the opportunity to experience any of these first-hand. Now that I’ve actually visited the Jubilee Park area, I can understand why so many residents from the Jubilee Park area have been so active in participating in the programs offered by the center. There are still so many social and economic issues affecting the people of Dallas (not to mention the entire world) and I think it’s encouraging to see such a [...]
An update from Sergio, a senior majoring in communication studies and Spanish: Learning about Jubilee Park this semester is an extraordinary experience. I find it fascinating that there are community centers that serve their community to the full extent. In our class we were divided into small groups and each given a task to research. My group ended up with the historical section of Jubilee Park. The history alone was fascinating. I’m not a Dallas native, so everything including the significance of Big Tex to that area was new to me. I’ve learned how much the Fair Park area has changed, especially the demographics. I’ve spoken to individuals who testify to the wonderful opportunities Jubilee Park offers to them and [...]
An update from Bruno, a senior international studies major with a minor in Spanish: Being part of this fun learning opportunity at Jubilee Park & Community Center, I have been very interested in getting to know more about the Community Center. A couple weeks ago, I had a chance to visit the place, and it was incredible to see how Jubilee Park is changing people's lives. It is a long-term process that will make a huge impact in the neighborhood. With the classwork and project that our Latino Religion class is working on, we have a hope that it will expose the revolution Jubilee Park has created.
An update from Amanda, Outdoor Adventures Trip Leader: On October 13, eight people set out to conquer and explore Matagorda Islands over SMU’s fall break. They came back on October 16, four days later, stronger, wiser, and with an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience of survival against the elements. And if you don’t believe me, we have the pictures to prove it. The first task was waking up before the sun to meet outside Dedman Rec Center, where a memorable six and a half hour drive down to Port O’Connor awaited. A mixture of sleeping, introductions, and learning about one another defined the ride down as the group began to bond quickly. Talk of different majors from Advertising and Marketing to Engineering led to advice [...]
An update from Courtney, a junior majoring in psychology and minoring in photography: As a student in Latino Religions, throughout the semester I have explored religious identities of the Latino population and how those individuals go about exploring and practicing their religious faith. Part of our exploration has involved seeing how the church has treated and contributed to bettering the Latino communities across different Latin American countries. This exploration has contributed to our study exploring a unique community in the heart of Dallas called Jubilee Park Community Center. For our class project I am a participant in the group that is focused on Jubilee Park before 1997. Our group is exploring and discovering how Jubilee Park was born. Before 1997 [...]