Courageous Voices: Confronting Critical Issues

With goals rooted in Catholic Social Teaching, the Center for Community Engagement at Saint Thomas University (FL) aims to empower communities, enhance academic learning, and encourage spiritual and civic growth. The center supports faculty and student projects developed to offer concrete solutions to problems facing the poor and marginalized in the local, regional, and international communities. Programs range from psychology faculty and students partnering with inner-city organizations to address truancy and youth violence in Miami, to business students working with coffee growers in Haiti to export their beans directly to the United States.  View the Center’s brochure or watch their YouTube video for more information.

This post concludes our Courageous Voices series, short stories about how students, faculty, and staff are responding to Pope Francis’s call to social justice and a culture of encounter.  If you are still curious about how Catholic colleges and universities are promoting social justice on campus, read the original blog post on the Courageous Voices series, or check out ACCU’s inventory of promising practices, which includes many examples of our members engaging with Catholic Social Teaching.

Courageous Voices: Investing for the Long Term

Regis College has committed to help address the longstanding shortage of healthcare workers in Haiti through the Regis College Haiti Project. The Regis College School of Nursing, Science, and Health Professions has partnered with the Haitian Ministry of Health, private and public nursing school leaders in Haiti, and a Boston-based medical charity to launch an innovative, master’s degree education and leadership program for Haitian nursing faculty, most of whom have the equivalent of an associate degree. Upon graduation, the students will become nursing faculty who will then lead the institutionalization of the program in Haiti for future nurses.  The first cohort graduated in February 2014–watch the project video to learn more about the impact the program has had on them and to learn more about the project.

Over the next few weeks, we will release short stories about the courageous voices of our member colleges and universities.  Stay tuned to hear about how students, faculty, and staff are responding to Pope Francis’s call to social justice and a culture of encounter.  If you are still curious about how Catholic colleges and universities are promoting social justice on campus, read the original blog post on the Courageous Voices series, or check out ACCU’s inventory of promising practices, which includes many examples of our members engaging with Catholic Social Teaching.