Social Action Leadership Team

The Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) is the Spirit-led social justice ministry of the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University in which students in community seek to embody the Christian call to be the ‘salt of the earth’ (Matthew 5:13).

Thursday, September 03, 2015


Howdy again SALTers!

I need a few more volunteers (the more the merrier!) to help with the table tomorrow at the block party! It's seriously going to be a blast, you won't regret it one bit! It's a great chance to meet new people, eat candy (I bought oodles of it), and play some groovy games! 

Once again, the block party is at 6-8pm on the Union West Lawn TOMORROW!

See you tomorrow! (please come)

Abigail Larson
Valparaiso University '18
Mathematics and Secondary Education Majors
Chemistry Minor
Christ College, The Honors College
College Mentors for Kids Treasurer
Gamma Phi Beta Webmaster
SALT (Social Chair)
Alpha Lambda Delta
Mathematics Tutor

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

[Salt-l] BLOCK PARTY:)

Hey SALTers! :)

This is just a reminder that the Block Party is this Friday from 6-8pm! It's going to be a total blast! I do need 3-5 volunteers to be at the booth with me to make it even more of a party! If you are available this Friday from 6-8pm, please shoot me an email letting me know that you'll be there to help. :) The more the merrier!

Thank you oodles!

Abigail Larson
Valparaiso University '18
Mathematics and Secondary Education Majors
Chemistry Minor
Christ College, The Honors College
College Mentors for Kids Treasurer
Gamma Phi Beta Webmaster
SALT (Social Chair)
Alpha Lambda Delta
Mathematics Tutor

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

[Salt-l] Passions Night Passions List!

Passions Night

-Childhood homelessness

-Domestic Violence Prevention and Awareness

-Civil Rights Issues

-Access to education around the world

-Stigma surrounding mental illness


-Childhood Cancer

-Easy access to healthcare around the world

-gender equality

-intra and interpersonal communication

-racial integration and communication on campus

-reducing violence in developing countries

-ecumeicial communication churches

-LGBTQ equality

-Habitat destruction and overconsumption

-Human trafficking

-World hunger

-Stryfom usage on campus

-Sexual abuse

-Immigration reform

-Native American education

-Interfaith dialogue

-Public music access

-Privilege education

-Music education

-Literacy in underdeveloped countries

-Internet access in developing countries

-Campus accessibility for disabled students

-Children in foster care system

-Integration of mentally disabled children in schools

-education and prevention of obseity

-workers rights in chicagoland

-affordable childcare


-Support our troops

-Education for safe childcare

-pollutants and waste in water sources

-accessibility to fresh water

-access to health and sex education

-renewable energies

-early childhood literacy

-suicide awareness and prevention

-support and treatment for eating disorders

-on campus access to local organic whole foods

-cyber bullying prevention

-freedom of press

-informed voting

-voter registration help

-STEM education

-Historical awareness of current events

-alcohol/drug prevention and awareness

-temporary mental disorder awareness

-eliminating negative attitudes towards immigrants

-diversity in media

-treatment of disabled in underdeveloped countries

-mental health care in juvenile detention centers

-prayer in public schools

-prison reform

-refugee services

-Christian education in prisons

-Personality disorder awareness

-The acclimation of soldiers into civilian life

-Healthcare rights for chronic illness patients

-autism awareness

-blood and bone marrow donation awareness

-Type 1 diabetes awareness

-promoting civic awareness and action

-infrastructure planning

-combating gender stereotypes

-access to affordable higher education

-decriminalization and treatment of drug addicts

-access to summer camps for low income families/children

-stopping the resegregation of public schools

-gun violence

-police brutality

-poverty related crime

-free summer lunch programs/other programs for underprivileged children and childcare

-child abuse/neglect

-asset based community development

-Black lives matter all lives matter

-legalization of medical marijuana

-animal abuse

-park restoration

-community gardens

-research and awareness of dementia

-conservation of the natural world


-employment of people with IDDs

-care for veterans

-gender equality in sexual assault legislation

-conscientious depiction of poverty in media

-elimination of poverty porn

-support for children of divorce

-care for the elderly

-global awareness of climate change

-financial help for single parents

-global religious tolerance

-animal extinction

-sports programs for disabled children

-drug free approaches to medicine

-special olympics

-outdoor education

-shelter box

-reaching to juvenile delinquents

-assimilation of ex criminals back into society

-farm education

-solitary reform and sentence reform

-shutting down Seaworld

-image of women in media and advertising

-paid maternal and paternal leave

-childhood mental health awareness

-image of men in modern day culture

-nursing home abuse and neglect

-awareness of effects of mental health on families

-salary differences between genders/race

-education for mentally disabled

-promotion of small business

-living wage

-buying locally

-breast cancer awareness

-medical coverage for LGBTQ individuals


-Criminal justice awareness/criminal justice reform

-litter control

-elephant poaching awareness

-elimination of negative stigma for counseling services

-funding for honor flights

-scientific ethics

-unjust punishments for women in middle eastern cultures

-tax reform

-save the pandas

-consequences of texting and driving/distracted driving

-mental health awareness for victims of sexual assault

-integration of religions

-Alatnon and Alateen awareness

-labor issues in underdeveloped countries

-promotion of art and music in schools

-respect of other cultures/non westernization

-funding for high school sports and music programs

-awareness of burnout and over exhaustion on college campus

-firearm training

-women defense

[Salt-l] 9/1/15 SALT meeting minutes

Hey SALTers! 

This is what happened during the meeting! 

-Do What You Love Expo Sept. 2 3-6 Ballroom B in the Union
-Block Party: Sept 4, 6-8pm West Union Lawn
-Grain of Rice Project
-WRC Applications: contact WRC chair, Katie! 
-Social Media: Get the word about SALT by liking our social media page

Devotion: Proverbs 31:8-9 

Passions Night! I will send a separate email with the passions list! 

One on ones: meet with someone new and advocate your passion. 

Have a great week and remember to pray without ceasing! 


Kendall Kartaly
SALT Secretary 

[Salt-l] Passions Meeting Tonight

Hey SALTers!

I hope your first week of classes has gone well! SALT will be meeting tonight at 9:30pm in the Multi-purpose room of the Helge Center, same place and time as last week. 

Tonight we will kickstart Passion Groups, which will continue for the majority of fall semester! I encourage all of you to come tonight to share what you are passionate about, realize that other students share some of your passions, and possibly even discover new social justice issues that resonate with you.

Looking forward to seeing you tonight!


Shannon Segin
Valparaiso University | 2016
B.S. Mathematics & Psychology
SALT Chair

Friday, August 28, 2015

[Salt-l] Non-profit job opportunity in Twin Cities

I just got this info from former WRC Chair, Tezra (Jennings) Osthus. 

These are the sorts of opportunities that are out there.

Organization Profile:

NPH USA is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean by supporting the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos network of homes for orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children.  We provide a loving family, security, education, health care, and leadership development opportunities to children in nine countries.

Position Summary:

The Development Coordinator's primary role is to support the Upper Midwest Regional Development Team in their goals to increase the current level of giving from existing donors and secure giving from new donors for NPH.  Additionally, the Development Coordinator is expected to engage in some development activities of their own – through a variety of approaches (event fundraising, child sponsorship drives, associate board events, third party events) – under the oversight of the Regional Director.  The Development Coordinator will also be expected to cultivate a portfolio of existing donors as well as to initiate efforts to attract new donors to support NPH's mission.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

A.    Manage donor relationships to raise unrestricted funds for NPH (35%)

1.     Increase the annual giving of the assigned donor portfolio to achieve fundraising targets using a combination of individual gifts, event donations and child sponsorships.

2.     Set up face-to-face meetings and regularly correspond with portfolio donors to build relationships and to discuss their annual giving.

3.     Identify and cultivate new donors previously unaware of NPH.

4.     Increase local awareness of NPH by actively engaging other organizations (i.e. service organizations, schools, parishes, etc.) through speaking opportunities, travel, etc. 

B.     Event Support and Follow-up (35%)

1.     Provide support for the Regional Staff before, during and after events to assure that the events are successful and that event attendees are followed up with according to plan.

2.     Work with event committees to assist with event planning details as directed by Regional Staff.

3.     Lead the event planning, execution and follow-up on some of the Region's smaller events.

4.     Assist with post-event communication process (i.e. thank you notes, calls, emails, etc.) to assure that we have followed up with all event attendees.


C.     Administrative / Volunteer Coordination (30%)

1.     Recruit and manage local volunteers as needed to support regional team.

2.     Answer incoming phone calls for office.

3.     Monitor / order office supplies and marketing materials for regional office.

4.     Manage relationships with and payment of office vendors.

5.     Facilitate receipt and correct processing of incoming gifts.

6.     Input donor information in and serve as local expert on the database, regularly running reports and creating campaigns.

7.     Coordinate in-house mailings to donors as needed.

8.     Prepare materials for Regional Board and Associate Board.

9.     Track administrative details and provide office support for donor trips.

10.  Other administrative duties as assigned.


Qualifications / Requirements / Other

·       Bachelor's Degree strongly preferred

·       Minimum of 1 – 2 years of previous development/fundraising/sales experience. 

·       Self-motivated, ability to develop a cultivation plan and see it through to completion with minimal oversight.

·       Excellent relationship building and communication (oral and written) skills.  Some type of previous donor/customer/client service experience required.

·       Previous experience supporting events preferred.

·       Strong analytical skills with ability to work effectively with a team-driven, mission-oriented business.

·       Strong organizational and project management skills with ability to juggle multiple priorities and pay close attention to details.

·       Passion for the mission of NPH and for the development profession.

·       Spanish fluency is a plus.

·       Compensation commensurate with previous experience and achievement of targets. Bonus eligible based on giving targets for both existing and new donors.


Reporting Structure:

The Development Coordinator reports to the Regional Director, who reports to the VP of Development.  This role supports much of the work initiated by the Development Managers and Regional Director.  Total staff size of national organization is approximately 30; local team size is three.


How to Apply:

Send resume and cover letter to  Please no phone calls or outside agencies. NPH USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We value diversity in the workplace and encourage applicants from all backgrounds.

James Wetzstein
University Pastor

Helge Center, Room 117
office: 219.464.6794
fax: 219.464.5049
mobile: 219.405.0630 

see my calendar @ 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

[Salt-l] Fwd: Smart Connections Mentoring Program

Hey SALTers,

If you are interested in being part of a peer-peer mentorship program here at Valpo, check this out! Applications are due September 1st.

Have a great afternoon!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Alexandra Sumner <>
Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Subject: Smart Connections Mentoring Program
To: Social Action Leadership Team <>
Cc: Byron Martin <>, Samuel Payan <>

Hello all! 

I hope you had an excellent summer, and that your back-to-school transition is an easy one. I'm writing to you, a campus group known for its involvement and friendliness, as an employee and affiliate of our University's Office of Multicultural Programs. 

Some of our Office's many goals include the increase of student retention, the promotion of multicultural education, and the general enhancement of student success. One of the ways our Office achieves this is by means of a program called "SMART Connections," a peer-peer mentoring program aimed at increasing not only the retention, but the involvement of first year students here at Valparaiso University. As I'm sure many of you remember, the transition from high school to college is not an easy one, and our program seeks to aid in this transition by pairing enrolled first year participants with older, typically upperclassmen, students to serve as mentors. 

Attached you will find a flyer containing more information about the program , as well as a link below which directs you to the application itself. In addition, I have chosen to include the schedule of Fall 2015 SMART Connection events; in conjunction with these meetings, it would be expected for you to meet with your mentee one hour per week, a time for the two of you to connect, and talk about any troubles, confusions, or problems your mentee may be having. 

I personally have chosen to reach out to SALT because I know of its longstanding good name, and reputation on this campus. I think that all of you would be excellent mentors to first year students, and hope that you take this opportunity to help the future of Valparaiso University. 

Should any of you wish to participate, applications are due as soon as possible, or, by September 1st at the latest. 

Thank you very much for your time, I look forward to hearing from you and wish you every success in the year ahead! 

Alexandra Sumner tms/d/10j2xwEys s9iv4-bCyTBAg7uOUf9dxP9fZzpzKZepd8r0/viewform

Alexandra Sumner
Valparaiso University
English/Spanish Class of 2016


Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Hey returning SALTERs,

We need volunteers tomorrow to ride the V-Line and answer any questions new students have. There are one hour time slots at 4,5, and 6pm. Please contact me ASAP if you are available during those times. I apologize for the last minute notice. 


Shannon Segin
Valparaiso University | 2016
B.S. Mathematics & Psychology

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

[Salt-l] SALT Minutes 8/25/15

Hello Salters! 

Here is what happened during this meeting!

-Groups: getting to know people in SALT

-Devo: John 4:7, Matthew 5:13

-Pastor Brian introducing the building: dialogue, discernment, delight

-Saturday 26th is the dedication of building, you are all invited! 

-Explaining passion groups and World Relief Campaign 

-Next week is Passion Night! Think of your passions for next week 

-One on Ones: understanding the goals and missions of everyone in the room--get to know new people in SALT! We each have gifts and we can work together to be a strong organization! 

-Ice cream:)

Have a great week and remember you are known and loved by God. 


Kendall Kartaly 
SALT Secretary 

[Salt-l] First SALT Meeting Tonight!

Hey SALTers,

Welcome back, and happy first day of classes! Tonight is the first SALT meeting of the year at 9:30pm in the Multi-purpose Room of the Helge Center. We will enjoy time getting to know students that are attending SALT for the first time, and giving them a picture of who we are/what we do. As a SALT tradition, we will wrap up the night with a local favorite, Valpo Velvet Ice Cream.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Shannon Segin
Valparaiso University | 2016
B.S. Mathematics & Psychology
SALT Chair