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.

Courageous Voices: Empowering Individuals through Work

Recognizing the sizable population of youth in the Dayton, Ohio area who are unemployed or underemployed, or transitioning out of foster care or the juvenile justice system, the University of Dayton (UD) is working to help them take charge of their future. Through its Youth Economic Self-Sufficiency program, UD students provide help with tutoring and GED completion, guidance on college enrollment, job skills, and personal finance; and self-care to support health and wellness.

At Rockhurst University, the Prosperity Center for Financial Opportunity works with low- to moderate-income families in the Kansas City area, with the goal of improving their long-term financial situation. The center provides free employment services and financial counseling through one-on-one sessions and group workshops, encouraging participants to change behaviors and build a stable financial future.  To learn more, visit the Center on Facebook or read the article on the Center by the diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Key.

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.