University of Notre Dame Business Programs Benefits Alumni and Nonprofits

For the past four years the University of Notre Dame has been taking steps to increase alumni relations while advancing their Catholic social mission. The Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame created a program called ND Impact Partners which “connects ND business alumni with local nonprofits by enabling the alumni to work as part of pro bono consulting teams focused on solving strategic challenges for each organization.”

Through the program, alumni teams work with a given nonprofit for about four months prior to making recommendations to “each nonprofit’s board or executive leadership team.” Past projects include expanding the millennial donor base, creating new advertising plans, and developing new volunteer management strategies. The program has proven to be a major success with this past year having 14 projects spread across Chicago, Washington, DC, and South Bend. ND Impact Partners “not only provides an opportunity for alumni to give back in a way that leverages their business education and expertise, but the majority of the nonprofits they partner with are Catholic organizations,” fitting directly with the Notre Dame mission.

To learn more about ND Impact Partners and how to get involved, visit the Mendoza College site.

Catholic Relief Services Webinar on Peacebuilding Now Available

Now available: Catholic Relief Services recently partnered with Gerard Powers of the Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame and the Catholic Peacebuilding Network to host a webinar on peacebuilding. Kim Lamberty, Director of Mission and University Engagement at CRS, facilitated the webinar, which is now available to watch online.

Webinar Overview

The opening 20 minutes begins with an overview of Catholic peacebuilding and the role of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, the Kroc Institute, CRS, and Caritas Internationalis.  During the remaining 20 minutes, Gerard and Kim respond to audience questions and share case studies of CRS’ approach in Sudan/South Sudan and Mindanao in the southern Philippines to highlight the following key concepts and their application to global conflicts:

  • Peace processes
  • Inter-religious dialogue
  • Reconciliation
  • How the Church works with civil society

 

Peace and Justice in ACCU’s Fall Newsletter

ACCU recently released the fall edition of Update, our quarterly newsletter. Read Update in full here. Peace and Justice highlights include:

Global Solidarity Grants Increase Awareness of Catholic Social Teaching at Benedictine University, Cabrini College, Dominican University, St. Norbert’s College, and the University of St. Thomas (TX).

Catholic Colleges Bring Higher Education to the Incarcerated: Saint Francis College, Donnelly College, Holy Cross College, University of Notre Dame, and La Salle University implement programs to bring higher education to those incarcerated.

Spring Hill Alumni Participate in Inaugural Service Trip to Belize where they worked building homes.

Loyola Chicago Students Donate Care Packages to Soldiers serving in Iraq through a partnership with Aramark by using the remaining balance on meal plan to purchase care package materials

Loras Student Wins Interfaith Leadership Award- Recent graduate Samantha Eckrich was awarded the Mike Hammer Interfaith Leadership Award, which recognized her effort in promoting interfaith cooperation on campus.

To subscribe to Update, please email Paula Moore.

University of Notre Dame to Host Summer Institute for Faculty Teaching Peace

The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at The University of Notre Dame and the The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) will co-host the 8th Annual Summer Institute for Faculty in Peace Studies Program Development, entitled Teaching Peace in the 21st Century from June 13-17, 2016.

The Summer Institute seeks to gather academics hoping to launch peace studies programs at their colleges or universities, strengthen or develop a new dimension to a peace studies program, or take a peace studies program to the next level of design and rigor.

Directed by George A. Lopez, former Vice President of USIP and the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies at Notre Dame, the Summer Institute has hosted over 250 attendees since its inception.

The deadline to register for the Summer Institute is March 31, 2016, with early decision registrations due February 29, 2016. Register now to reserve your spot!

University of Notre Dame Breaks the Chains of Predatory Lending

Have you ever wondered what happens when an individual takes a payday loan? Typically, payday lenders  issue an individual a loan with a large interest rate payable on the borrower’s payday. If the borrower cannot repay the loan, the lender collects interest and fees and changes the repayment date of the loan to the following payday.  Since the average borrower rolls a loan for four months, the loan often more than doubles in price due to high interest rates and fees. According to University of Notre Dame, this structure costs South Bend, Indiana’s poor $3.5 million in interest fees in a given year. Given their knowledge about this injustice, some Notre Dame students have created an alternative.

In a recently published article, Notre Dame highlights the Jubilee Initiative for Financial Inclusion (JIFFI), a student run initiative with the mission to “create an alternative to the predatory lending industry in South Bend.”  Since its inception in February 2012, JIFFI has provided a total of twenty-nine loans and hopes to provide 20 more this year.

In the article, Lisa McDaniel, the group’s first client, says, “‘JIFFI deserves a big thank you from the community. […] It’s fantastic if they help others as much as they’ve helped me.'” Read the full article to learn more about JIFFI.

How does your campus work towards economic justice?  Let us know!

Catholic Higher Education Programs on Peace and Justice

Did you know that a number of Catholic higher education institutions feature degree programs focused on peacebuilding and peace studies? If you’re interested in an academic approach to social issues, then take a look at what various Catholic colleges and universities have to offer you!

Boston College (Certificate)​

Boston College’s Center for Human Rights and International Justice addresses the increasingly interdisciplinary needs of human rights work with students from graduate and professional programs across the university. The Center offers an interdisciplinary Certificate Program in Human Rights and International Justice, with students drawn from MA and PhD programs in sociology, psychology, political science, economics, philosophy, and theology, and from post-graduate professional programs in education, law, social work, and others. Through multidisciplinary training programs, applied research, and the interaction of scholars with practitioners, the Center aims to nurture a new generation of scholars and practitioners in the United States and abroad who draw upon the strengths of many disciplines, and the wisdom of rigorous ethical training, in the attainment of human rights and international justice.

 

The Catholic University of America (​M.A., Ph.D.)

The Center for Social Development offers a program in conjunction with the Religion and Culture academic area emphasizing analysis of the ways that religious expressions have transformed cultures and have been transformed by them.  Both the M.A. and Ph.D. are offered.  The area’s programs utilize the methods of the social sciences and humanities in the study of religion, emphasizing the human and cultural dimensions of religious life. These methods may include anthropology, sociology, psychology, literary theory, history, phenomenology, ritual studies, and others.

Emmanuel College​ (B.A. majors, minor)​

The Political Science and International Studies department offers several majors designed to prepare students for work and life in an increasingly inter-connected world. International Studies provides a broad-based foundation in world history, culture, politics, and economics. The major is well-suited to students interested in a career in such rapidly growing sectors as international business, law, media, and governmental and non-governmental organizations concerned with diplomacy, policy making, public health, peace, relief operations, immigration, and the environment. Concentrations within the major include diplomacy & security and sustainability & global justice. An interdisciplinary Peace Studies minor, drawing on theology, philosophy, sociology, history, and political science, is also offered.

Georgetown University​ (B.A. certificate, M.A.)​

The two-year M.A. in Conflict Resolution is an intensive, theoretically- and practically-oriented, multidisciplinary degree. It is housed in the Government Department, with core courses offered also in the Department of Psychology and the McDonough School of Business.  Elective courses may be selected from departments across campus, including courses in dispute resolution offered at the Georgetown University Law Center.  Students can also participate in activities of the Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. Georgetown also has an undergraduate Program on Justice and Peace, with a suggested concentration in Catholic Social Teaching. The School of Foreign Service in collaboration with the Berkeley Center now offers the Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs certificate program in which undergraduate students can explore the faith-related dimension of global issues.

Marquette University (B.A. major, minors)​

Marquette offers an interdisciplinary major in peace studies and minors in peace studies and in justice and peace.  Courses focusing on conceptualizing justice and peace, bridging social communities, promoting social and economic justice, and resolving violent conflict.

University of Dayton (B.A. major)​

Through the International Studies major, a Peace and Global Security concentration is offered at the undergraduate level. International Studies is a multidisciplinary major designed to meet the needs of students seeking the broadly based international perspective required for successful careers in education, government, international business, law, national and homeland security, humanitarian relief, and social entrepreneurship. The curriculum includes a core of required courses, a concentration, a foreign language requirement, an international and/or cross-cultural experiential component, and a senior capstone seminar. The experiential component may be satisfied through study abroad, internship, language immersion, service, or work experience.

University of Notre Dame (Fellowship; ​B.A. major, minor; M.A.; Ph.D.)​

Beginning in Fall 2017, Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs will offer International Peace Studies as an important feature of the new Master’s in Global Affairs.The Kroc Institute’s Ph.D. program trains scholars in interdisciplinary peace research and history, political science, psychology, sociology or theology.  Students apply for admission in one of these five areas.  Graduates are prepared for research and teaching positions that contribute to solving the global challenges of violent conflict and peace.The Kroc Institute also has an undergraduate program in peace studies, and the University of Notre Dame has a program in Catholic Social Tradition.

University of San Diego (B.A. minor, one- and two-year M.A. programs)​

The Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary program emphasizing peace as human development. The goals of the program are: 1) to produce graduates who are capable of relating disciplinary and cross-disciplinary theories of peace and justice to real world problem-solving involving regional and international conflict; 2) to foster scholarly agendas that examine the dynamics of justice and peacebuilding; and, 3) to facilitate faculty and student interaction and development across disciplines and academic units at USD, along with outreach to the community and the larger society. The Program takes full advantage of the School of Peace Studies’ two institutes: the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice and the Trans-Border Institute.  USD also has an undergraduate minor in peace and justice.

University of St. Thomas (MN) (B.A. major, minor)​

The Justice and Peace Studies major offers a revised curriculum with three concentrations, offering skill sets for a variety of career tracks, and a minor, which has been revised as well.  The three concentrations are Leadership for Social Justice, Conflict Transformation, and Public Policy Analysis & Advocacy.

Does your college or university offer a program on peace and justice? Let us know!