2013 Richard J. Wood Student Community Commitment Award Winner Jon Schommer, University of Notre Dame
Whether he’s leading students in week-long service retreats in West Virginia or serving with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, India, Jon is living a life of commitment and action. Through his capacity as co-president of the Catholic Peace Fellowship, he was able to assist in the creation of the Coalition for Human Dignity.
Jon says, “We brought together groups of students from both ends of the political spectrum in order to learn from their unique perspectives and encourage each other to work for human dignity and peace. For me, this was a way to promote peace in the community closest to me. In raising up respect for human dignity, we were recognizing the root motivation of all the work we were doing.”
Jon is forming reading and dialogue circles with other Notre Dame campus groups concerned with the dignity of life. During his leadership of the Catholic Peace Fellowship he has created a network of current Notre Dame students, alumni, and community partners to form the Notre Dame Peace Net. Jon has spent his college career learning from service and reflection - and he has most certainly put what he learned into action.
“In doing service, I was serving my learning.” Jon goes on to say, “This coupling of reading and giving of myself fertilized those seeds of civic duty and served as a signpost to mark the right path on my journey.” Indiana Campus Compact Executive Director Maggie Stevens says, "Both in and out of the classroom, Jon has worked to promote peace and raise a respect for human dignity that honors all perspectives and encourages collaboration, it is an honor to give Jon our longest standing award."