University of Dayton Launches New Scholarships for International Students

The University of Dayton along with 57 other colleges nationwide has pledged to create new scholarships for international students to study in the U.S., as part of the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship program. Beginning in fall 2019, the Marianist university will offer two annual scholarships, that will cover at least half of the receiving student’s tuition. Christine DeLisio Kremer, director of international and graduate admission at UD, a university that was itself founded by immigrants, says the “The University of Dayton is proud to help launch this scholarship program as part of our commitment to the common good.” The scholarships will be renewable and will hopefully further the efforts of bringing about intercultural understanding among participating campuses. The university hopes that through this program, eligible international and refugee students will find support in their inclusive learning environment and see their path to a University of Dayton degree.

For more information regarding the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship at the University of Dayton, visit their website here.


Saint Joseph’s College Begins International Graduate Certificate in Christianity and Integral Ecology

The International Graduate Certificate in Christianity and an Integral Ecology:   A World to Live and a Life to Love is a joint venture between the Laudato Si’ Institute of the Archdiocese of Granada, Spain and Saint Joseph’s College. This program enables students to take as their own by understanding deeply Pope Francis’ teaching that each person’s vocation is to be a protector of God’s earth.

On their program website, Saint Joseph’s College explains the purpose of the program to communicate “to students the knowledge and skills needed to develop theological and ecological literacy appropriate to the intent and mandate of Laudato Si’, to apprehend the vocation to protect and respect, and to actualize that vocation as they discern it according to their states in life, their professional goals, and their own spiritual journeys as theologically literate Catholics within the dynamics of the New Evangelization.”

The graduate certificate consists of five (5) 3-credit courses: three fully online and two hybrid with a week each on site in Standish, Maine, USA, and Granada, Spain. The program is completed over a 17-month period: April 2017 through September 2018 with a 3-month break January through March 2018.

For more information, visit the program website.


Ford Foundation Study Shows Link Between Higher Education and Social Justice

The Ford Foundation, a secular philanthropic organization that seeks to promote the full human dignity of all persons through equitable sharing in knowledge, wealth, and resources, recently released a report studying the impact of their International Fellowship Program, finding that many of the IFP alumni returned to their home countries to either begin a new social justice program organization or expand upon the work of existing organizations.

In the report, entitled Social Justice and Sustainable Change: The Impacts of Higher Education, the Foundation shows their findings from their 2015 International Fellowships Program Alumni Tracking Study Report. The International Fellowships Program (IFP) supported “advanced studies for social change leaders from the worlds’ most vulnerable populations” through scholarships for higher education, offering fellowships to students from 2001 – 2013.  Some of these students studied at Catholic higher education institutions, including Boston College and Georgetown University.

Read more about the key findings here.

What does your college or university do to increase access to higher education and social justice around the world? Let us know! 

Catholic Institutions Commit to Pope Francis’ Call to Action

Following the release of the encyclical, Laudato Si’, Catholic higher education institutions from around the world have responded to Pope Francis’ urgent call to action by signing the letter, Statement of Leaders in Catholic Higher Education Globally. A number of leaders from Catholic higher education around the world, including many ACCU members, have declared their commitment to addressing the climate and justice crises that threaten our planet.  Read the statement here and see which ACCU members have already signed.


Scholarships for Peace Studies Available

The application period for El-Hibri Foundation’s annual graduate Peace Education Scholarships is now open.  Three $5,000 graduate scholarships will be awarded to first-year U.S. or international graduate students enrolled in a U.S. program to study peace education, conflict resolution, or related fields. Click here for more information on the Peace Studies Scholarships and how to apply.

Internship Opportunity in DC

The Office of International Justice and Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has an opening for a full-time intern beginning immediately. This opportunity will allow the intern to explore the intersection of Catholic social teaching and international issues of justice and peace.

The intern will have opportunities to enrich his or her academic program or career preparation through engaging in research and working with policy advisors on a range of international issues. Interns are paid a modest stipend.

Find a position description on USCCB’s website or by clicking here. To apply, applicants can visit this webpage.

Applicants can do an internship with in this position as part of their academic program, shortly after graduation to prepare for a career, or in preparation for graduate study.

Please share this information with your students and colleagues, and please encourage qualified applicants to apply.

Courageous Voices: Considering a New Perspective

The Catholic University Institute of Buea, Cameroon, graduated its first class in December 2014. CUIB, which calls itself “The Entrepreneurial University,” prepares graduates to be job creators, not just job seekers. Its aim is to train young Cameroonians to be Christian business leaders who will begin their own business in the region, thereby directly addressing – and helping solve – the problems of unemployment and poverty in Cameroon.

Over the next few weeks, we will continue to 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.