Video: Creating Safe Spaces for Undocumented Students on Campus

The Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Office at Loyola University Chicago , partnering with the Ignatian Solidarity Network, have shared a video presentation from their “Undocumented Students Ally Trainings” program. This video focuses on skills to understand the value and importance of exploring the experiences and perspectives of undocumented students. The training session aims to generate knowledge for self-learning and to increase on-campus support for undocumented students.

At Loyola University Chicago, upon completing the training, trainees receive a placard that recognizes them as allies and as points of support for undocumented students on campus. The goal is that participants display these placards in their work area to invite questions and/or dialogue about the issues that impact this community.  For more information, see the blog post from Ignatian Solidarity Network.

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.

New Video Highlighting Catholic Relief Services Faculty Learning Commons

Catholic Relief Services debuted a new video highlighting the Faculty Learning Commons program. The CRS Faculty Learning Commons (FLC) is an online learning community and curricular resource that highlights the latest strategies for global relief and development with special emphasis on the application of CRS’ justice lens and opportunities for building global solidarity. This semester’s theme is peacebuilding.

The video features Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love from The Catholic University of America and student Basira Knight sharing their experience with the Faculty Learning Commons in the classroom. It showcases how to utilize these resources to create a globally engaged classroom experience.

Food for Thought Friday: Catholic Relief Services Releases Video Featuring Refugees

Food for Thought Friday: On June 20, the world celebrated World Refugee Day in honor and commemoration of the 65 million refugees and displaced persons around the world. As a way of making sure those whom we celebrated were actually heard, Catholic Relief Services released a video, featuring the question “What will you be doing in 17 years?” 17 years is the average amount of time a refugee will wait to be permanently resettled. Watch the video here!

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Food for Thought Friday: Catholic Relief Services Releases Video Featuring Refugees

Food For Thought Friday: Where will you be doing in 17 years? That’s the question that Catholic Relief Services asked ordinary people in the United States, as well as refugees from around the world. 17 years is the average amount of time it takes for refugees and displaced persons to be permanently resettled. Watch the video and hear from refugees themselves where they hope to be in 17 years.

Announcing the Winner of Pope Francis Video Contest

Last fall, ACCU invited all Catholic college and university students to capture their actions and reactions related to Pope Francis’s visit to the U.S. and enter our video contest. We are pleased to announce our winner: Congratulations to Kristin McDermott of Salve Regina University, whose video has been selected! In her video, Kristin features four Salve Regina students who traveled with her to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. Watch the video here!