Donnelly College Recognized as the Most Diverse in the Midwest

Donnelly College has been recognized as the most ethnically diverse college in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report. Donnelly College is a small Catholic school located in Kansas City, Kansas, founded by the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica.

For 2017, the student population is 92 percent students of color and 79 percent first-generation college students. “Donnelly’s diversity reflects the college’s commitment to providing affordable education to students who might not otherwise have access and [reflects] its status as the regions only federally-designated Minority-Serving Institution and Hispanic-Serving Institution.”

To read more about Donnelly College, visit National Catholic Reporter.

Inclusion on Campus: Help Bridge the Transition to College

For degree completion, some students – especially those who are first-generation college students – need encouragement and support in setting a path to higher education. Donnelly College’s Gateway to College program is designed for high school students who have fallen behind in their studies because of family issues, language challenges, or other reasons. The free program helps motivated students earn a high school diploma while amassing college credits.

Each summer, Duquesne University hosts its Project SEED program, which provides economically disadvantaged high school students an opportunity to define a STEM-related research project and work in a campus lab alongside a faculty supervisor and graduate student mentor. “Project SEED provides these students with the support, encouragement and mentoring that they need to pursue a career in the sciences,” said Dr. Jennifer Aitken, director of Project SEED and associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Duquesne.

The Center for Student Success at Saint Leo University assists targeted student populations and their families in transitioning to the university. The program encourages academic, professional, and personal development through a range of resources.

Over the next few weeks, we will release short examples of  diversity at Catholic institutions of higher education as part of a series called “Inclusion on Campus”.  Stay tuned to hear how Catholic institutions are promoting diversity as an expression of God’s grandeur!

Peace and Justice in ACCU’s Fall Newsletter

ACCU recently released the fall edition of Update, our quarterly newsletter. Read Update in full here. Peace and Justice highlights include:

Global Solidarity Grants Increase Awareness of Catholic Social Teaching at Benedictine University, Cabrini College, Dominican University, St. Norbert’s College, and the University of St. Thomas (TX).

Catholic Colleges Bring Higher Education to the Incarcerated: Saint Francis College, Donnelly College, Holy Cross College, University of Notre Dame, and La Salle University implement programs to bring higher education to those incarcerated.

Spring Hill Alumni Participate in Inaugural Service Trip to Belize where they worked building homes.

Loyola Chicago Students Donate Care Packages to Soldiers serving in Iraq through a partnership with Aramark by using the remaining balance on meal plan to purchase care package materials

Loras Student Wins Interfaith Leadership Award- Recent graduate Samantha Eckrich was awarded the Mike Hammer Interfaith Leadership Award, which recognized her effort in promoting interfaith cooperation on campus.

To subscribe to Update, please email Paula Moore.

New Resources to End the Use of the Death Penalty

The Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty (CMN) has recently created a number of new educational tools.  Available on the CMN website, the tools may be helpful for faculty or student groups looking to educate the campus community on restorative justice.

Some of these helpful resources include:

CMN has many other resources available to help educate others on Catholic teachings on the death penalty, as well as resources for advocacy work and prayer.