Global Solidarity Grants
Over the past several years, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) have offered Global Solidarity Grants of up to $3,000 to ACCU member institutions to facilitate creative projects that advance Catholic mission through global solidarity. The selected projects are innovative and high-impact, combining prayer, spiritual development, and the examination of values with educational objectives.
Appropriate projects will draw on the programs and resources of CRS University Engagement. Projects that promote collaboration across campus (i.e., between academic and student life areas), reach a significant portion of the campus population, incorporate advocacy and have a digital and traditional media dimension are highly regarded. Projects must involve students in a significant way but must have a faculty or staff sponsor.
Two types of grants were awarded in 2016: Student Ambassador Grants to establish a new or strengthen an existing CRS Student Ambassador program, and Global Campus Grants for campuses with an established Student Ambassador program wishing to achieve CRS Global Campus designation.
2016 Student Ambassador Grants were awarded to the following universities:
- Caldwell University
- Georgian Court University
- Immaculata University
- University of the Incarnate Word
- Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
- Saint Martin’s University
2016 Global Campus Grants were awarded to the following universities:
Assumption College: Educating for Global Solidarity: Enhancing and Sustaining Lenten Activities
Assumption College will be enriching Lent on campus through educational activities focused on migration. Programs include screening “The Vigil” followed by a discussion with film’s immigrant protagonists and the filmmaker, a “Teach-in” on migration, and a Migration Walk and reception featuring artwork of unaccompanied refugee minors from the local community.
Saint Vincent College: Building Global Solidarity through Action and Outreach
Saint Vincent College students will participate in faculty-led projects, focused on service learning opportunities, advocacy, and community outreach. Projects will focus on areas such as climate change, peace-building, immigration and refugees, human trafficking, fair trade, economic development, and food security. The projects will have a service outreach component in the local community through outreach to local parishes, schools, and organizations.
Our Lady of the Lake University: Global Solidarity: Caring for Our Mother Earth
Our Lady of the Lake University is organizing a one-day conference to educate the campus and local San Antonio community on Laudato Si’. The conference will address the practical implications of the encyclical and the responsibility all have in caring for the planet.
The Catholic University of America: I Am Migration
The Catholic University of America is planning a video contest as a way of promoting awareness of the contributions and challenges of migrants and refugees. Students were encouraged to submit videos reflecting on the question “What is solidarity?” The contest will culminate in an “I Am Migration” panel discussion with experts on migration, Catholic University of America students who are migrants, and a faculty member from the Catholic Relief Services Global Campus Committee.