Peace & Justice in ACCU’s Summer Newsletter

This week, ACCU released the Summer 2015 issue of Update, its quarterly newsletter. You can read it in its entirety here, but be sure to pay special attention to the sections devoted to peace and justice. These highlights include:

  • Catholic Higher Ed: Serving First-Gen and Low-Income Students, showing their commitment to helping students achieve a college education.
  • Partnerships Benefit Communities and Students by allowing students to put Catholic Social Teaching into practice.
  • Students Create a More Sustainable Tomorrow through their actions, which range from a recycling project after a sporting event to a campus club’s efforts in the greater community.
  • Notre Dame of MD Recognized by United Nations after being granted non-governmental organization status.
  • Organic Kitchen Garden to Feed Holy Names University and further educate the Holy Names University community.
  • Service Reflects Mission to Make a Difference following a life-changing six-month oral history project.
  • Saint Mary’s University Presents Award to Pope Francis as recognition of extraordinary service to the vulnerable and marginalized members of society.
  • ‘Pope Francis Challenge’ Spurs Action at Holy Cross College by getting students and faculty to reach out and offer friendship to the marginalized.

 To subscribe to Update, please email Paula Moore.

St. Mary’s University is Texas’ First Fair Trade University

St. Mary’s University has been designated the first Fair Trade University in Texas by Fair Trade Campaigns.  The university community views Fair Trade as one way the campus lives out its Catholic mission.  The mission calls for St. Mary’s to educate leaders for the common good, and it is inspired by the Characteristics of Marianist Universities, which call the institutions to educate for service, justice and peace.

“What we buy, eat and drink impacts people and the environment around the world,” said University President Thomas Mengler, J.D. “This is a vital step in living our Catholic and Marianist mission on campus.”

St. Mary’s offers Fair Trade products in its dining services establishments and bookstore.  The university also includes Fair Trade in several classes offered on campus.  The campus will celebrate its designation later in April with an awareness building event featuring free Fair Trade coffee.  To learn more about Fair Trade at St. Mary’s, read the press release on the designation.

Catholic higher education plays a leading role in the Fair Trade movement.  Of the 28 declared Fair Trade Universities, 17 are Catholic colleges and ACCU members.  To learn more about the innovative ways Fair Trade can be implemented on campus, visit ACCU’s Fair Trade page and download our publication “Fair Trade and Catholic Higher Education”.