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.

 

The University of Dayton launches Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Studies

The University of Dayton is advancing the common good with the launch of a 12-hour graduate certificate in sustainability studies “for professionals with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent who are seeking additional sustainability training and education for their careers.” The launch of this certificate program reflects a growing desire and need to hire individuals who are orientated towards growing sustainable environments and communities. University of Dayton President Eric F. Spina explained how “this program will help expand students understanding of sustainability and how they can address environmental issues.”

The certificate has a range of benefits for students from a variety of fields including city planners, administrators, biologists, and various others. Rebecca Potter, sustainability studies program director, notes how “anyone completing this certificate will gain an advantage in securing a job within the growing fields of sustainable management, development, education, and outreach.”

For more information or to apply for the certificate program, click here.

University of Dayton Signs Climate Change Pledge

University of Dayton is doing their part to address the climate change. In November, University of Dayton President Eric Spina was among more than 150 leaders of Catholic universities, organizations and religious orders, including ACCU, who signed a letter urging President Donald Trump and Congress to reassert U.S. leadership in the global effort to address climate change.

The letter is from the Catholic Climate Covenant and ask for “funding the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.” Climate change has become on an increasing worldwide issue and catholic leaders across the world have affirmed climate change as a “moral issue that threatens core Catholic values, including the protection of human life, the promotion of human dignity, the advancement of the common good, the call to live in solidarity with future generations, and the care for God’s creation.” The University of Dayton, as a Catholic institution, holds firm these same values and have made these known by signing this important letter. In addition to taking this pledge, the University of Dayton was the first Catholic university in the nation to divest in fossil fuels and is a member of the U.N. Global Compact.

To read more about the University of Dayton’s efforts, view UD news.

Kudos to New Catholic Fair Trade Universities

Congratulations to Rockhurst University, University of Dayton, and St. John’s University for becoming Fair Trade Certified Universities during the past academic year!

Rockhurst University became the first Fair Trade University in Missouri in November. After years of hard work by the Rockhurst University Fair Trade Initiative raising awareness on campus, students are thrilled to be the first in the state. Gerald Moench, the University’s chief financial officer, commented that “it’s a reminder to our University community to always strive to move forward with ethics and our Jesuit commitment to social justice in mind.”

University of Dayton celebrated their designation as a Fair Trade University with a reception at the campus bookstore and a video documenting the event.

St. John’s University became a Fair Trade University in March. Executive vice president for Mission, Reverend Bernard M. Tracey, C.M., connects this resolution with University identity, saying “We are called as a Vincentian institution not only to respond to the needs of those marginalized in society, but to study, research and provide solutions to the root causes of poverty.”

To learn more on how your institution can become Fair Trade Certified, visit the Fair Trade Campaigns website.  To learn more about Fair Trade at ACCU institutions, visit our new webpage at www.accunet.org/FairTrade

Inclusion on Campus: Involve Alumni to Support Diversity Initiatives

Many graduates who have achieved success are looking to give back. The University of Dayton’s Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) offers an Alumni Engagement Program that connects alumni with current students who are of diverse backgrounds, helping boost student retention and persistence. The program cultivates opportunities for graduates to provide mentorship and other forms of support, while identifying students who would benefit from alumni guidance. Alumni provide support for current undergraduate students in a variety of ways such as as a resource to empower students in their major or field of interest, participating in ongoing programming through OMA, writing a letter of encouragement, or sponsoring a student’s textbooks through the Diverse Students Population fund.

Over the next few weeks, we will release short examples of diversity at Catholic institutions of higher education as part of a series called “Inclusion on Campus”.  Stay tuned to hear how Catholic institutions are promoting diversity as an expression of God’s grandeur!

University of Dayton Graduate Reflects on Study Abroad in Chile for National Migration Week

Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Tracy Kemme, an alumna of the University of Dayton, reflects on her experience in Chile while studying abroad as an undergraduate student for Global Sisters Report in honor of National Migration Week.

Thinking on her experience in Chile, she remembers “I got a taste of the beautiful diversity of the people of God. Our world is much bigger than I could have imagined growing up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, where most people looked, talked and thought like me. Over plates of arroz con pollo in sweltering little houses, the “poor” of Latin America catechized me. In building cross-cultural relationships, I’ve witnessed and felt the splendor of a mutual exchange of cultural goodness. My mind has been opened through honest conversations about the shadow side of cultures, including, and especially, my own. Perhaps most significantly, my experiences of being the “stranger” have made me a more compassionate “welcomer.”

Kemme encourages all readers to have experiences where they become a “stranger” by traveling to new places or neighborhoods to live the theme of this year’s National Migration Week, Creating a Culture of Encounter.

Read the full article here.

University of Dayton Celebrates Fair Trade Designation

Last month, the University of Dayton celebrated their designation as a fair trade university with an event at the university bookstore. Fair Trade Campaigns recognizes towns, colleges, universities, schools and congregations nationwide for  embedding fair trade practices and principles into policy.

The university signed a resolution over the summer agreeing to fair trade practices, stating: “The University, as a large-scale employer and consumer and leader in international education, fully endorses the national community’s call to ‘Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all’ and to ‘Ensure sustainable consumption and productive patterns’ as evidenced by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 8 and 12) and sees supporting fair, ethical, and sustainable sourcing as an effective way to put these principles into practice.” In addition to the resolution, University of Dayton also offers fair trade products in each outlet on campus, sustains a group working on implementing fair trade strategies, serves fair trade products at University events, and commits to a fair trade education.

As University of Dayton Provost Paul Benson states “This aligns our practices with our Catholic, Marianist principles, and affirms our dedication to deepening these practices.” Watch the video celebrating the designation here.