ACCU-CRS Global Solidarity Grants
Information on 2016 Global Solidarity Grants now available!
Over the past three years, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) 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.
2015 Global Solidarity Grants Winners
Congratulations to our 2015 grant winners at Benedictine University, Cabrini College, Dominican University, St. Norbert College, and University of St. Thomas (TX)! See below for a brief description on each of the winning projects.
Benedictine University: Feast Friday
Feast Friday is a program sponsored by the Benedictine University Campus Ministry Department. In conjunction with the CRS Rice Bowl resources, Campus Ministry will hold a luncheon each Friday during Lent to come together in solidarity with those in need throughout the world. During this luncheon, participants will begin with the CRS Rice Bowl Lenten Prayer, enjoy the CRS Rice Bowl Kitchen Friday Meal, watch “Story of Hope,” a video featuring communities positively affected by CRS Rice Bowl, and reflect as a group on the call to care for the poor and marginalized, both locally and internationally.
Cabrini College: #TametheChange
Cabrini College students, faculty, and staff — led by participants in the social justice course “Our Interdependent World,” along with CRS Ambassadors and members of the Cabrini Missions Corps — are designing a climate change simulation to show how are daily actions are affecting both the future of the planet and the lives of the poor and vulnerable who lack the resources to buffer themselves against current effects on the planet. Deliverables will include a simulation, website and educational materials, advocacy opportunities around climate change, and a reflection booklet based on Laudato Si’.
Dominican University: Borderlands
In its new project, Borderlands: Border Immersion Trip to Tijuana Mexico, Dominican University seeks to advance global solidarity in several distinct ways as it integrates Catholic Relief Services contacts and resources on Mexican and Central American migration into the university’s educational community. The internal collaboration among University Ministry and the departments of Latin-American Studies and Community-Based Learning will extend the experiential component beyond the immersion itself, creating a multi-layered, interactive campaign of education and prayer on campus. The immersion will explore some push-pull dynamics that affect transnational migration. More importantly, students, faculty, and staff will be invited to investigate more deeply the human and societal consequences of immigration that can be understood only by witnessing — firsthand — the circumstances of a border community.
St. Norbert College: CRS, Fair Trade, and a Visual Story of Modern Slavery
In this project, St. Norbert College will bring fair trade, unjust labor practices, and modern slavery to the forefront of student, faculty, and community members’ minds through a series of events in March 2016. Coinciding with a public lecture by acclaimed humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine, the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice and Public Understanding will host a month-long exhibition of her work at the college. This exhibition will provide a rich context for the final event of the series: a public reception, co-hosted by the CRS Midwest Regional Office, the Green Bay Diocese, and the Norman Miller Center, that will celebrate and promote the work of CRS on behalf of human dignity and fair trade. This program will strengthen the developing relationship between St. Norbert College and CRS, with the St. Norbert College CRS Ambassadors highlighting this year’s collaborative programs.
University of St. Thomas (TX): The First-Year Experience Study Abroad: Promoting Catholic Social Teaching, Social Justice, and Global Learning in the First Year
The First-Year Experience Study Abroad program combines three high-impact educational experiences — freshman seminar, service-learning, and global learning — built on the foundation of Catholic Social Teaching and the call to serve communities in need, in close collaboration with Catholic Relief Services. The program targets students early in their college career so as to establish global learning and service to others early in their formation as adult learners. As part of the program, freshman students will develop a service-learning project in the host country over the spring semester and then deliver the project during the travel abroad portion of the course.