Catholic Colleges and Universities Featured in Global Sisters Report

ICYMI: An article on Global Sisters Report, titled “Sisters who blazed trails in higher education preserve heritage, charisms of Catholic universities” highlights the influence of women religious on women’s higher education in America. Catholic sisters opened colleges and universities for young women at a time when only men had access to higher education.

Their legacy is felt in the practices inspired by their charism at their founded schools. Sisters are finding ways to incorporate their charism into the character of the institution, by appointing mission officers dedicated to the charism, making the priorities of the religious community an integral part of the institutional structure, and involving students in visiting retired sisters or praying with the religious community. Additionally, many sisters are focused on working on justice issues, a vital part of many religious communities’ work and charism.

Currently, there are 104 colleges and universities founded by women religious in the United States. To learn more on the status of women religious-founded colleges and universities, read the full article on Global Sisters Report.

Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent Secures Third Release of 2017

ICYMI: Loyola Law School of Loyola Marymount University Project for the Innocent helped release a wrongfully convicted prisoner, receiving national coverage. This is their third successful release of the year. Project for the Innocent client Jaime Ponce has reunited with his family in Mexico after serving 19 years in prison after being falsely accused of a shooting.

Loyola’s Project for the Innocent pursues claims of actual innocence on behalf of those wrongfully convicted of crimes. Students work under the supervision of professors and other attorneys. Since 2011, they have secured the release of five clients.

Learn more about the program and Ponce’s story here.

Kudos to New Catholic Fair Trade Universities

Congratulations to Rockhurst University, University of Dayton, and St. John’s University for becoming Fair Trade Certified Universities during the past academic year!

Rockhurst University became the first Fair Trade University in Missouri in November. After years of hard work by the Rockhurst University Fair Trade Initiative raising awareness on campus, students are thrilled to be the first in the state. Gerald Moench, the University’s chief financial officer, commented that “it’s a reminder to our University community to always strive to move forward with ethics and our Jesuit commitment to social justice in mind.”

University of Dayton celebrated their designation as a Fair Trade University with a reception at the campus bookstore and a video documenting the event.

St. John’s University became a Fair Trade University in March. Executive vice president for Mission, Reverend Bernard M. Tracey, C.M., connects this resolution with University identity, saying “We are called as a Vincentian institution not only to respond to the needs of those marginalized in society, but to study, research and provide solutions to the root causes of poverty.”

To learn more on how your institution can become Fair Trade Certified, visit the Fair Trade Campaigns website.  To learn more about Fair Trade at ACCU institutions, visit our new webpage at www.accunet.org/FairTrade

Manhattan College Opens Student Run Fair Trade Store

Last spring, when students from Manhattan College’s School of Business were brainstorming potential group projects for the 2016-17 academic year, Dean Salwa Ammar, Ph.D. and Gwendolyn Tedeschi, Ph.D., brought up the idea of a student-run store focusing on selling fair trade products. A large group of students quickly embraced the idea and it has become a popular space for buying, selling and entrepreneurship in action.

The idea was a logical partnership of the School of Business’s innovative culture and the leadership of Campus Ministry and Social Action’s in the fair trade movement. In 2012, Manhattan College became the first Fair Trade Certified College in New York City. The fair trade store directly furthers this mission.

“We could’ve opened up a store and sold anything,” Aileen Farrelly ’95, assistant professor and assistant dean in the School of Business, said. “Fair trade embodies our Lasallian values, is critical to the College’s mission, and using fair trade products to launch this project helped our students learn about all aspects of running a business.”

 

Read the full story here.