Saint Louis University Hosts Climate Summit

Join Saint Louis University on April 22nd for the Saint Louis Climate Summit! The Saint Louis Climate Summit is dedicated to working to fulfill Pope Francis’ call to unite in defense of our common home. This event is being hosted as part of Saint Louis University’s bicentennial anniversary celebration. The summit will include opening remarks given by Cardinal Peter Turkson in addition to keynote addresses by Bill Nye and Carl Pope.

There will also be a screening of Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Before the Flood” as well as multiple conference sessions. Celebrate Earth Day by attending this conference and becoming informed on issues regarding the state of our environment!

For more details and to register for this event, please visit Saint Louis Climate Summit.

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Cardinal Stritch University participates in the Kapco Charitable Challenge

Cardinal Stritch University students had the opportunity to participate in the Kapco Charitable Challenge which provides them with a unique opportunity to serve those in the Milwaukee community. Through this challenge Stritch formed three teams that each focused on serious community issues, including human trafficking, dental care for under-served Milwaukee youth, and immunizations for adults and children. Each team of students participated in the challenge from September to November, which was led by a faculty adviser in order to provide focused direction.

The team that focused on human trafficking had the opportunity to “learn about people in the community who have undergone traumatic experiences and met many community leaders who are inspiring change to fight human trafficking.” Through partnering with the Human Trafficking Task Force of greater Milwaukee, Fresh Start Learning, and several other collaborating organizations to address human trafficking, students “were exposed to issues they don’t typically experience and helped make people aware of an issue that has become prevalent.”  Students had the opportunity to form lasting relationships with these organizations that carried on after the challenge by raising more than $3,000 to create an annual Survivor Scholarship for survivors of human trafficking to attend Stritch.

To read more about Stritch’s participation in the Kapco Charitable Challenge, visit Stritch news.

Merrimack College Helps Pack 15K Lunches for Local Food Bank

Merrimack College recently partnered with the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations and Outreach Inc. to pack 15,000 meals for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. This is the fourth year that volunteers gathered together to pack meals in assembly lines which gave them the opportunity to “meet people of other faith traditions while engaging in dialogue and reflection-making the day even more meaningful.”

Fr. Raymond Dlugos, vice president for missions and ministry at the university, noted that the event “allows the wider community to appreciate the culture of care, concern, and respect for the dignity of others that is a hallmark of our campus. And it demonstrates that this culture not only exists in a few individuals who go out and serve, but it is actually a part of the air we breathe here on this campus.”

To read more about this food drive, visit Merrimack news.

Loras College Hosts Panel aimed at Reducing Waste

Loras College recently hosted a panel discussion on reducing food waste in an effort to become a more sustainable campus. The event was sponsored by the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) and Green Iowa AmeriCorps and is open to the public. The panel was prompted by the statistic reported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations that approximately “one third of all food produced for human consumption worldwide is lost or wasted.”

The panel conversation focused on ways to “limit the amount of food put in landfills by reducing waste, feeding people in need, providing food for livestock, and compost and renewable energy.”

To read more about this panel hosted by Loras College, visit Loras news.

University of San Diego Kroc School of Peace Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

The Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its founding by looking at how to further achieve their mission of peace and justice. Recently, five members within the Kroc School gave a “TED-style talk” at the USD Institute for Peace and Justice inaugural innovators event. The talk sought to inspire hope, engage in discussion, and “provide the audience with an understanding that making the world a better place requires everybody’s contribution.”

Ev Meade, director of the Trans-Border Institute, gave a talk that examined the U.S.-Mexico border and all the complexities that go along with it.  He sought to educate and “provide opportunities for people to come together to build connections” in order to better serve those in marginalized situations on the border. Each speaker offered the audience a message of hope, positivity, and encouragement to continue on the mission of peace.

To read more about this event hosted by the Kroc School visit, USD news.

Let’s Be Better Together!

Join Interfaith Youth Core by participating in Better Together Day on April 10th! IFYC supports students and educators on over 450 campuses and seeks to actively build bridges and work toward an America characterized by interfaith cooperation. Better Together Day is IFYC’s national day of interfaith action that “will engage over 5,000 people in activities that show we are better together.” Find out how you can participate in Better Together Day by visiting the website.

Salve Regina University Hosts Film to examine the Consequences our Actions have on the Environment

Salve Regina University recently screened an award-winning documentary titled “The Age of Consequences.” The film “examines the intersection of fossil fuels, climate change and national security and investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration and conflict through the lens of U.S. national security and global stability.”

This documentary was hosted by the Citizens Climate Lobby Rhode Island in partnership with the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy in order to inform students, faculty, and the local community. The documentary features Pentagon insiders that discuss the effects and consequences of climate change if people do not change the way they live. The film seeks to set an unnerving tone among audience members in order to call for action and cause them to rethink how we use and produce energy.

To read more about the screening by Salve Regina, visit Salve Regina news.