ACCU recently released the spring edition of Update, our quarterly newsletter. Read Update in full here. Peace and Justice highlights include:
University of Mary Students Lead March for Life: In January, over 600 students, faculty, and administrators from the University of Mary led the 2017 National March for Life Rally. After attracting national media attention last year when they were snowbound for 24 hours on the Pennsylvania turnpike when returning from the 2016 March for Life, they were selected to lead the March.
Chestnut Hill College Inspires Students to Pursue College Dreams: President of Chestnut Hill College, Sister Carol Jean Vale, SSJ is working to inspire local high school students in their pursuit of education and help them realize that the dream of a college education can become a reality. Through events such as “King Community Day” where the college invited students to campus for a basketball game and to meet with financial aid and admissions representatives, Chestnut Hill College is communicating the message that college education is not out of the reach of local students. This initiative is part of a wider campaign in northwest Philadelphia, involving the state senator and leaders in local schools, to inspire students to pursue a college education and build community connections.
Carlow University Works to Reduce Gun Violence: Carlow University launched its Social Justice Institutes with a focus on gun violence as the inaugural “Educating for Justice” issue, which will remain the focus through 2020. Social Justice Institutes’ goal is to promote advocacy and create systemic change through faculty research and community engagement.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Students Assist in Appalachia: Students and staff from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College spent a week in rural West Virginia this past fall on an Alternative Fall Break. They joined students from other colleges at Nazareth Farm, a Catholic community that provides service-retreat experiences. The group served the local community by helping homeowners with maintenance and construction.
Saint Martin’s Screens Film Showing Immigration Through a Child’s Eyes: The Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series at Saint Martin’s University recently featured a documentary film screening of Sad Happiness: Cinthya’s Cross Border Journey.” The film tells the story of 11-year-old Cinthya, a child who travels to her parents’ native community in Mexico for the first time where she visited her extended family, many of whom she has never met. The film’s producer, photographer and editor, Sonia De La Cruz is an assistant professor of communication studies at Saint Martin’s. The story illuminates the struggles and desires of families divided between the United States and other countries where children are mobile citizens but their parents cannot leave.
Catholic Institutions Join Coalition to Improve College Access: Manhattan College, College of the Holy Cross, and St. Michael’s College have joined the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, a group of more than 90 public and private colleges and universities formed to improve the college application process for all students, provide substantial support to lower-resourced and underrepresented students, offer responsible financial aid support, and demonstrate a commitment to student graduation.
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