Cabrini University Hosts “The Art + Effect Poster Contest”

This past fall, Cabrini University sponsored its first poster contest for high school students. The contest was titled “The Art + Effect Poster Contest” and students submitted “conceptual posters using traditional media or computer-generated graphics that highlighted the theme of equality.” This theme was chosen because of Cabrini’s recent emphasis on advocating for universal humans rights and dignity.

Jeanne Komp, Associate Professor of Graphic Design, stated “the contest and exhibition allows us to share our social justice mission with the greater community. The topic of equality has been especially timely in America. With all the media coverage, we felt that this social topic would be one in which high school students could relate to the most.” There were a total of 59 submissions from seven high schools spanning across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. From these 59 submissions, 20 contest winners were chosen to be featured on Cabrini’s campus.

Click here to view photos from “The Art + Effect Poster Contest.” To read more about Cabrini’s poster contest, view Cabrini media.

Seattle University ‘Low Bono’ Program Makes Legal Assistance Affordable

Now in its fourth year, Seattle University‘s ‘Low Bono’ program provides assistance to people who do not qualify for a pro bono lawyer but cannot afford a full priced lawyer. Launched in 2013, the program prepares lawyers to fill this need for reduced priced legal assistance to low- and moderate-income clients.

The Low Bono Incubator offers financial assistance, continuing legal education, and mentorship to a group of graduates who commit to serving less affluent clients, assisting them with launching their own businesses. Fifteen alumni have completed the program and have begun small business handling cases in areas such as immigration or bankruptcy.

Seattle University is the only law school with a low bono program in Washington. Dean Annette Clark connects this work to their mission saying “As a Jesuit institution, we are committed to meeting the legal needs of under-served communities. As a Jesuit institution, we are committed to meeting the legal needs of under-served communities”.

To learn more, read the article on the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities website.

Jesuit College and University Student Body Presidents Sign Joint Statement on Racial Injustice

This spring, the student government leaders of all twenty-eight Jesuit colleges and universities issued a joint statement regarding racial injustice and higher education.

The statement is a page-long declaration of the student body presidents’ support for students of color in higher education, initiatives to address racial inequalities in Jesuit higher education, and for increased dialogue on the subject. The statement notes that it comes at a crucial time in history for higher education, as students of color and their allies have been demonstrating across the nation, “united in calling for an end to racial injustice within institutions of higher education.”

In the statement, the student body presidents showed that advocating for racial justice flows from the Catholic and Jesuit values that are at the foundation of their institutions. They write, “As students of Jesuit institutions, we often hear phrases such as cura personalis (care for the whole person) and ‘men and women for and with others.’ These phrases challenge us to orient our lives and education toward the greater good -a world free from oppression and marginalization.”

How does your college or university address institutional racial injustice? Let us know! 

Catholic Higher Education Leaders Affirm Pope Francis’s Leadership on Climate Change

Nearly 170 Catholic college and university leaders worldwide, including nearly 100 U.S. presidents, have signed a statement of support of Pope Francis, recognizing the importance of his message on climate change and social justice as presented in his recent encyclical Laudato Si. These universities represent a wide range of Catholic higher education institutions across the country.

Leaders from U.S. Catholic higher education have joined Catholic university leaders from 32 other nations in signing a statement of support and a public commitment to work collaboratively “through all the means available to and appropriate for our colleges and universities as institutions of higher learning, to study, promote, and act on the ideals and vision of integral ecology laid out by Pope Francis.”

The statement was also supported by numerous national and international Catholic higher education associations and federations, including the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities, and the International Federation of Catholic Universities.

From the statement:

“Catholic Higher Education, then, has a vital and challenging role to play in shaping and informing the serious educational and moral dialogues that must take place to respond to this call, to address these crises. Higher educational institutions globally must seek to provide influential leadership in discovering new and life-giving paths to address the pressing emergencies of climate change, social exclusion, and extreme poverty and in uncovering new paths to achieving peace, justice and environmental sustainability for the whole human family and the entire family of creation.”

Read more on the statement from Ignatian Solidarity Network.