Global Solidarity Grant Deadline Extended- APPLY NOW!

Is your campus advancing Catholic mission through a globally focused project? Apply now for a 2018 Global Solidarity Grant!

Campus initiatives addressing societal issues such as, but not limited to issues surrounding migration, human trafficking, or global sustainability may be eligible to receive a 2018 Global Solidarity Grant.

Sponsored by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and Catholic Relief Services, Global Solidarity Grants aim to support projects that are innovative and high-impact, that combine prayer, spiritual development, and the examination of values with educational objectives. ACCU member institutions working creatively to advance Catholic mission through global solidarity are encouraged to apply now and be considered for an award of up to $3,000.

The deadline to apply for a grant has been extended to Friday, November 9! Visit the ACCU website for more details about how your campus can receive a Global Solidarity Grant!

For questions, please contact njalandoni@accunet.org.

Catholic Relief Services Launches New Resources for Faculty on Human Trafficking

Catholic Relief Services University Engagement New Academic Resources on Human Trafficking for 2018-2019

 Whether you are a university faculty member, interested learner, or student writing a final paper on human trafficking, explore 7 modules of curated Human Trafficking resources hosted on our Catholic Relief Services Faculty Learning Commons platform.

  • Modules include learning objectives, case studies, videos, articles, and discussion questions.
  • Content explores the complex root causes, current manifestations, and effective responses to the issue that Pope Francis calls “a crime against humanity.”
  • Material was curated and developed as a collaboration between:
    • Christine Cervenak, JD, of the Center for Human and Civil Rights at the University of Notre Dame
    • Lucy Steinitz, PhD, CRS Senior Technical Advisor for Protection
  • Modules are interdisciplinary, free to access, and are meant to be shared in the classroom as well as beyond it in order to form educated global citizens and student leaders and advocates for the common good.
  • Learn more and share with others:
  • Questions? Contact Danielle Roberts: Danielle.roberts@crs.org

 

CRS Speaker Tells Story of Hope at DeSales

DeSales University recently hosted Thomas Awiapo, a Catholic Relief Services employee and native of Ghana. Awiapo came to DeSales to share his story of hope and the power of CRS. Awiapo’s life was changed 40 years ago when CRS built a school near his village in Ghana. Growing up, his childhood was characterized by his continual hunger and the village he lived in had no access to running water and often times he would cry and fight for food. In addition to a lack of food, Awaipo’s parents died when he was a child leaving him and his three brothers as orphans.

Awiapo credits one single snack he received as a child as saving his life. When he entered the CRS school on the first day, they provided all the students with a snack to start their day and did this every day following. This was thanks to the CRS Rice Bowl Program. Because of his schooling with CRS, Awiapo found “food, education, faith and later earned his master’s degree in the United States.” Currently Awiapo is working to open a new school for children experiencing the same things he did. Awiapo notes that “Catholic Relief Services is a gospel of love, a gospel of justice, and a gospel of hope around the world. Assembling this box every Lent, we are actually assembling many, many broken lives around the world.”

To read more about Awiapo’s story, visit DeSales news.

Ursuline College Hosts Former CRS President and CEO Carolyn Woo

Ursuline College recently hosted Carolyn Woo, former CEO of Catholic Relief Services. This lecture given by Dr. Woo was the concluding lecture of the college’s Global Perspectives series. Ursuline’s Global Perspectives: Inspiring Tomorrow’s Women Leaders series “brings current female thought leaders to campus to inspire the next generation of women leaders. The series is an outgrowth of the College’s 2017-2020 strategic plan, which calls for a renewed emphasis on women’s leadership development.” Dr. Woo is the perfect person to end this series thanks to her expertise and experiences working in academia and international human rights. Dr. Woo was CRS president and CEO from 2011 until 2016, and she now serves as Distinguished President’s Fellow for Global Development at Purdue University.

Dr. Woo’s presentation is titled, “God is speaking. Are you listening?” and aims to cultivate activism. Sister Christine De Vinne, president of the College, expressed her gratitude and joy in welcoming Dr. Woo by stating, “In her leadership role at Catholic Relief services, Dr. Woo used her strong intellect and compassionate heart to bring hope to countless people.”

To read more about this event, visit Ursuline news.

Lenten Resources for Peace and Justice

As Ash Wednesday approaches, consider using some of these resources related to peace and justice for reflection during the season of Lent.