The COM Learning Community introduces 16-20 freshmen each year to the possibilities in store for them over the next four years. In the fall semester, these students take two primary classes together: COM 101 Intro to Mass Communication and ECG 100 Our Interdependent World. These classes are enriched by trips to local and national media such as the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
A highlight each year for these students is developing a social justice simulation for Cabrini Day. In 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 these freshmen took first prize among all the projects and donated their prize to Catholic Relief Services. A group from the class then developed websites of their simulations, which now have been replicated by students at other universities such as Villanova University, Scranton University, and Boston College. Two simulations won national awards from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and Catholic Relief Services.
2013 A simulation about bullying