Courageous Voices: Taking a Vocal Stand on Immigration Reform

College and university presidents occupy a unique position, able to use their status and visibility to call attention to critical issues. In 2013, more than 100 ACCU presidents signed a plea to Congress to exercise compassion and enact commonsense immigration reform. And in 2014, Marygrove College president David Fike appealed to President Obama to address the crisis of refugee children fleeing Central America, rallying over 50 ACCU presidents to sign a statement affirming their commitment to humanitarian support for the refugees.

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.

Advent Immigration Resource Available

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops continues to speak about justice for immigrants. Click here to see their recent statement welcoming the Obama Administration’s announcement of relief for immigrant families. The USCCB Committee on Migration also calls for urgent pastoral attention and a more human view of immigrants.

In a related news item, the Interfaith Immigration Coalition has produced an Advent resource called Waiting for the Light. This resource is focused on immigration and includes a Sunday scripture reflection, a story, prayer, and suggested action to bring justice to immigration reform – perfect for reflection, social action, and faith sharing groups on campus!