Ursuline College Hosts Former CRS President and CEO Carolyn Woo

Ursuline College recently hosted Carolyn Woo, former CEO of Catholic Relief Services. This lecture given by Dr. Woo was the concluding lecture of the college’s Global Perspectives series. Ursuline’s Global Perspectives: Inspiring Tomorrow’s Women Leaders series “brings current female thought leaders to campus to inspire the next generation of women leaders. The series is an outgrowth of the College’s 2017-2020 strategic plan, which calls for a renewed emphasis on women’s leadership development.” Dr. Woo is the perfect person to end this series thanks to her expertise and experiences working in academia and international human rights. Dr. Woo was CRS president and CEO from 2011 until 2016, and she now serves as Distinguished President’s Fellow for Global Development at Purdue University.

Dr. Woo’s presentation is titled, “God is speaking. Are you listening?” and aims to cultivate activism. Sister Christine De Vinne, president of the College, expressed her gratitude and joy in welcoming Dr. Woo by stating, “In her leadership role at Catholic Relief services, Dr. Woo used her strong intellect and compassionate heart to bring hope to countless people.”

To read more about this event, visit Ursuline news.

Inclusion on Campus: Make a Visible Commitment to Diversity

As the nation grapples with conflicting views and tense rhetoric, Catholic college leaders have the opportunity to raise high the value of diversity and inclusion. In a recent State of the University address, Madonna University President Michael Grandillo reminded his campus of the longstanding Franciscan commitment to diversity, embodied in the institution’s diversity committee, the appointment of a nationally known diversity expert to the board of directors, and other activities.

Ursuline College President Sr. Christine De Vinne is teaching a course this spring, “50 Years of Diversity at Ursuline, 1966-2016,” exploring changes in the local community since the 1966 desegregation riots.

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!