Global & Social Awareness

A hallmark of a Sacred Heart education is the commitment to volunteer work as a means of raising social awareness. We teach our students to be conscious that not everyone lives the same life, and we work to instill a lifelong sense of justice and empathy. Duchesne’s signature experiential program is rooted in the Sacred Heart Goal that calls us to serve our community, act for justice, and be responsible citizens.

Giving Back and Service

In Middle School and Upper School,  the students travel off campus to volunteer at locations throughout Houston such as schools, senior communities, and charitable organizations that serve the needs of marginalized populations. The program includes a reflection component in which students assess their volunteer experience in order to instill a lifelong sense of service.

Lower School students also participate in service programs with various organizations, including a reading program with senior citizens and clean-up projects with environmental non-profits. On campus, the girls participate in fundraisers to support a variety of causes including scholarships for our sister Sacred Heart school in Uganda.

Watch a video about volunteering off campus:


Travel Experiences

Upper School students may have the opportunity to travel domestically and internationally. Some travel programs include a focus on volunteer work, for example, traveling to a site during spring break to complete a service project in that community. Other programs provide an opportunity for Duchesne students to visit another Sacred Heart school located in the U.S. or abroad. 

In Middle School, each grade level goes on an annual class trip which give the girls an opportunity to develop independence and bond with classmates. Previous destinations have included New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and Mo Ranch, an outdoor education facility located in the Texas Hill Country. 

Institute for Global & Social Awareness

Duchesne's Institute for Global and Social Awareness facilitates programming to expand service-learning experiences and immersive cultural travel and exchange opportunities.

The Institute for Global and Social Awareness is built on three main pillars: diverse curriculum offerings, service-learning experiences, and travel opportunities. While certain programs are exclusively for Upper School students, the entire student body will be active in programming sponsored by the Institute.

Jen Lahad
Global and Social Awareness Director