ACCU Post-Annual Meeting Resources

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Thank you to those who attended the 2016 ACCU Annual Meeting, “Word & Witness: Celebrating the Charisms of Catholic Higher Education.”  For those who were unable to attend, we are pleased to share resources from the Meeting on our website, including presentations from the meeting, press releases, and the video tributes to our 2016 Annual Meeting award recipients.

Additionally, A call for proposals for the ACCU/Solution Generation Climate Leadership Award will be released on March 1, 2016. A $10,000 award will be given to the ACCU member institution deemed to have the most creative and innovative outreach efforts to engage in climate and sustainability solutions.

Thank you again to all those who helped make the Meeting a great success!

What does CCHD mean to you?

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We asked a few people to share with us what CCHD means to them.  Here’s what they shared.

©Jessica S. Zurcher 2015_DSC8876 “CCHD means solidarity that empowers!” – Fr. Juan Molina, OSST, Director for Church in Latin America, USCCB

Bishop Shelton Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux: "CCHD means the poor have a voice." Bishop Shelton Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux: “CCHD means the poor have a voice.”

[name] of the Baltimore-based No Boundaries Coalition: "CCHD means inspiration" Melissa Kelly of the Baltimore-based No Boundaries Coalition: “CCHD means inspiration”

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Authentic Role Models for Emerging Leaders in Social Justice

Great post from Dr. Lynda C. Jackson, Assistant Professor of Business at Trinity Washington University, on her students’ positive experience joining with other college students at the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering to learn more about advocacy and social ministries.

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Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

student with professor at CSMG Trinity student Laura Clavijo and Dr. Lynda Jackson

As a business professor at Trinity Washington University, my research and studies focus on the best ways to mentor students and guide them toward developing success factors that will enhance their careers and in turn their lives. Specifically, I like to stress the significance of becoming involved in purposeful networking, actively seeking caring mentors, and consistently identifying suitable role models.

Being involved in the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG) offered an environment that provided our students with direct access to all three–networks, mentors, and role models.

When we learned of the opportunity to attend the CSMG 2015 conference in Washington D.C., it appeared to be the perfect setting for our students to network with likeminded individuals, seek encouraging and caring mentors, and…

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Young Leaders Experience the CSMG for the First Time

Great reflection on CSMG and the Young Leaders Initiative!

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Have you ever been somewhere or been a part of something where you just kept looking around and thinking to yourself “Is this real?”

Sean Ruane Sean Ruane, Lewis University

That was my experience at the opening Mass of this year’s Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG) in Washington, D.C.

I was born and raised Catholic, went to a Catholic high school and university, and currently work at a Catholic university. So naturally, I’ve been to my fair share of Masses.

But this opening mass at CSMG was by far the most inspiring, edifying, and enriching mass experience I’ve ever had. That’s not to take anything away from other Masses that I’ve been to, this one was just that good.

The music brought me to my feet time and time again. The readings and petitions were read in several different languages and were read beautifully and with conviction. And, the community of people…

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How We Build Young Leaders

Great piece on a pilot program at the Maryland Catholic Conference involving college students in advocacy.

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Mariann Hughes photoPolitics can be discouraging work. Long hours are punctuated by anxious moments as bills wend their way through committee hearings, debates and floor votes. Sometimes months of work crash to the floor in mere seconds.

But working for the Church gives politics a deeper meaning. Our work defends the vulnerable, the sick, the poor, the unborn, the elderly and the imprisoned. And more often than not, our comrades-in-arms are there to pick us up to fight another day.

Two years ago, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approached our staff at the Maryland Catholic Conference with an idea for a network of Maryland college students. These liaisons would receive valuable training and skills-building, then work to involve their fellow students in faith-based advocacy by disseminating resources, holding events, and sharing our work at their respective universities across the state. They would also attend the USCCB’s annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering

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