Saint Joseph’s University Using Social Media for Social Justice

At Saint Joseph’s University, a research collaborative called Beautiful Social is using social media to affect social change. Beautiful Social offers local and national nonprofits free consulting and content creation to strengthen their online presence. What started as a free elective has grown into an integral organization to the communications studies department involving a dedicated faculty director, four paid undergraduate fellows and 40 student consultants each year.

Beautiful Social  has worked with more than sixty clients, including the American Cancer Society and the Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia. Smaller nonprofits and community organizations benefit from a significant return from the work of Beautiful Social.

Bill Wolff, director of Beautiful Social, reminds his students that “our entire reason for being here” is “to use our skills and our time to build relationships and to make the world a better society”.

Read more about Beautiful Social at Saint Joseph’s University here.

How Have you Been Inspired by Laudato Si’?

For the one-year anniversary of Laudato Si’, Catholic Climate Covenant invites us to join them in showing the world how we’ve been Inspired by Laudato Si’. Here’s how some members of the ACCU staff have been inspired:

The ACCU staff have been inspired by Laudato Si’ to conserve water in the office:

Laudato Si Inspires ACCU Staff

Laudato Si’ inspires the ACCU staff to use reusable water bottles or glasses instead of plastic water bottles:

Laudato Si Inspires ACCU

Laudato Si’ inspires ACCU Vice President, Tom Mans, to take the Metro (even now!):

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How have you been inspired by Laudato Si? Join the campaign!

  1. Download either the “Inspired by Laudato Si’, I have…” or the “Inspired by Laudato Si’, I will…” campaign card.
  2. Fill-in the card with an action you took that was inspired by the encyclical or an action you will take because of the Pope’s call to care for our common home. For examples, like taking the St. Francis Pledge, see CCC’s website.
  3. Take a photo of you holding your card.
  4. Post the photo to your Facebook or Twitter. Remember to include the hashtag #CreationCare and to challenge your friends and family by tagging them.

 

CRS University Resources: Climate Change and More

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) University offers several resources and ways for your campus to engage in Catholic Social Teaching and climate change activism. One of the most prominent ways in which CRS University fosters student and faculty engagement is through the Student Ambassador Program. By getting involved with or starting chapters at their universities and colleges, students and faculty will have the opportunity to build their leadership skills through learning about and educating their campuses on poverty and injustice around the world. Visit the CRS University website for more information on how to get involved with your university’s chapter or even start your own!

Faculty have the chance to learn more and impart their knowledge of climate change and catholic social teaching through the Faculty Learning Commons (FLC) program. Through FLC, faculty may access resources for the classroom such as course material and discussion guides, multimedia presentations, and suggestions for local action. For the Fall 2015 semester, FLC offers informational sessions on the December 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris and the Climate Change in the World’s Most Vulnerable Places.

Additionally, CRS University offers the CRS Global Campus program. This is designed to promote global solidarity by forming an institutional partnership between CRS and the member colleges and universities. The partnership gives Global Campuses access to training and professional development, CRS staff and partner speakers and academic and campus resources. For more information on the program and how to get your campus involved, please visit the Global Campus program website.

Specifically related to environmental justice, CRS University has begun the “I am Climate Change” social media campaign, which is directed towards college students. In addition to instructions on how to get involved on social media, the website has a full calendar of campaign events, including rallies, advocacy trainings, and more. The campaign also offers an easy format to contact your senator and representative, with a pre-written letter urging the addressee to approve funding for President Obama’s $500 million request for the Green Climate Fund. “I am Climate Change” encourages followers to reflect upon and live by the mantra: “I am the cause. I am the solution. I am climate change” and to use the hashtag #iamclimatechange where ever possible.

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Social Action Summer Institute on Cherishing Creation

CHERISHING CREATION: CALLED TO THE COMMON GOOD

Life, Earth and the Common Good

TRANSLATE FAITH INTO ACTION

Participants leave MOTIVATED, with a CATHOLIC-BASED SENSE of MISSION, KNOWLEDGEABLE, with new TOOLS.

Set aside Thursday for national and local leaders to guide you in skill building at a Diocesan Level:

      • Building Capacity
      • Advocating for Ecological Concerns
      • Integrating Social Media into Your Communications Strategy

and nine more workshops to choose from!

Portland, Oregon
 
Sunday July 19 – Thursday July 23

Sponsored by:

  • The Archdiocese of Portland
  • Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development
  • Catholic Charities USA
  • JustFaith Ministries