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There have been many opportunities to support our ACCU leaders through offered programs and events since late summer and into the fall.
Please see highlights and reflections below and check out our full list of future events and programs...
Uniservitate Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina
In preparation for the Fall III Global Symposium in Rome and to help build a stronger community of UNISERVITATE affiliates, the organizers of the network at the Latin American Center for Solidarity Service-Learning (CLAYSS) in Argentina invited hub members from across the world to a one-day meeting in Buenos Aires. In August 2022, four representatives from the North American hub attended the meeting that was scheduled adjacent to the 25th International Service-Learning Conference hosted by CLAYSS for Latin American universities and colleges. The UNISERVITATE meeting and the CLAYSS conference were held at Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA).
Vatican Summit Sport for All Summit in Rome
The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities attended the Vatican "Summit: Sport for All" in Rome, Italy on September 29 and 30, 2022. The summit was in reponse to Pope Francis' call on social, educational and spiritual importance of sport. The summit began with a welcome message and a time of prayer, followed by an introductory address by Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. Additional sessions along with roundtable and working group conversations were held throughout the summit, including topics of new challenges in sport today, inclusion in the world of sport, and cohesivity and the role of sport in building community.
The declaration was presented on the second day by Santiago Pérez de Camino, Head of the Church & Sport Office, Daniele Pasquini, President of the John Paul II Foundation for Sport, Stefanie Reid, World Champion Paralympic Athlete, and Tegla Loroupe, World Half-Marathon Champion. This declaration calls for cohesive, accessible, and tailored participation for each person in sport. Even the "Sport for All" logo symbol was designed to reflect these elements.
Michael Galligan-Stierle, former ACCU president, served as the Assocation's representative and signed the declaration on the Association's behalf.
His Holiness Pope Francis gave an address to the participants of the Summit, which may be found here. His Holiness encouraged us all "to strive to make sport a home for everyone, something open and welcoming. In this home, never lose the family spirit, for in this way, we may find brothers, sisters and friends in the world of sport" (September 30, 2022).
Principles 101 Webinar
ACCU offered its first FREE Principles 101 webinars on October 12th, which provided attendees with a 60-minute overview of the 3rd edition of the Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities.
Our second webinar will be held TODAY, October 18th at 2 p.m. (EST). There's still time to register before for this afternoon's webinar, so please do so to learn more about how this document was revised for student affairs professionals today.
Senior student affairs officers at ACCU institutions can register now to participate in this FREE webinar!
2023 Annual Meeting: Early bird rates end October 18!!
History is written of times like these.
Catholic institutions are being called to adjust and even transform in many ways given our present challenges. We will discuss urgent matters and innovative strategies to achieve - for this time and place - our noble and perennial mission to assist students on their journeys to become educated, skilled, faith-filled and determined actors for our world.
February 3-6, 2023
The Capital Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC
Take a virtual tour of our venue and book your hotel while block rooms remain available!
Additionally, speakers and topics designed for our focused pre-conferences for Campus Ministry Leaders; Chief Academic Officers; Mission Officers; Senior Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officers; Senior Student Affairs Officers; and, Women Executive Leaders in Catholic Higher Education.
In an effort to support a community of scholar-practitioners involved in service-learning and community engagement and as part of the 2023 Annual Meeting, ACCU will continue their partnership with Uniservitate to bring together a network of colleagues from Catholic colleges and universities to explore the past, present and future of service-learning and community engagement on our campuses.
At this pre-conference, we will reflect on our unique position as SLCE scholar-practitioners at Catholic, faith-based institutions, explore opportunities to deepen practice and scholarship, dialogue about potential pathways for collaboration and field-building, and determine next steps for action.
Due to generous foundation support, ACCU and Uniservitate are able to offer a limited number of scholarships that will cover conference registration, travel and hotel stay. Express interest to attend the 2023 CESPN Pre-conference today!
The 2023 Institute for New Presidents at Catholic Colleges and Universities remains open to all new and interim presidents of Catholic colleges and universities in their first two years of office. It is an opportunity to network with peers and learn from experienced leaders in Catholic higher education. Several virtual sessions are included in this year's program, including an in-person, full day program immediately before the 2023 Annual Meeting.
Learn more about the program...
Regional Principles Launch Workshops
ACCU will be taking the Principles on the road for regional in-person workshops across the United States. During these half-day workshops, attendees will take a deeper dive into the newest edition and develop an action plan for implementing on their campuses within their respective work.
Many thanks to our ACCU member institutions for hosting these regional meetings!
||ACCU Member Institution
|Wednesday, November 2
Lincoln Park Campus
|1:00 to 4:30 p.m. (CST)
|Monday, November 7
The Inn at Villanova Hotel & Conference Center
|Noon to 4:30 p.m. (ET)
|Friday, November 18
||1:00 to 4:30 p.m. (ET)
|Monday, November 28
||St. Edward's University
||1:00 to 4:30 p.m. (CST)
|Tuesday, November 29
||Los Angeles, CA
||Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles
||11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (PST)
Registration is only $65 per person and includes a complimentary copy of the new Principles publications and additional resources. Register Today!
Uniservitate 2022 Award for Service-Learning Promotion in Catholic Higher Education: Award Recognition
Uniservitate and LUMSA University are pleased to invite you to the third edition of the Global Symposium entitled: Service-Learning and Global Compact on Education: Educating for Fraternity in Higher Education.
The III Global Symposium Uniservitate is an invitation to make the Global Compact on Education and universal fraternity a reality through service-learning. Students, educators, researchers and experts from the five continents will share experiences and reflections on how to achieve the dream of being brothers and sisters and institutionalise the service-learning pedagogy.
Save the Date
October 27-28, 2022
LUMSA University in Rome, Italy
Modality: Onsite and Online
There will be opportunities to meet the winners of the 2022 Uniservitate Award along with contributing to promoting solidarity-based humanism, developing the spiritual dimension of service, and strengthening the identity and mission of Catholic higher education institutions.
Congratulations to all winners of the 2022 Uniservitate Award, including ACCU member institutions:
University of St. Thomas
In partnership with Catholic Charities, the Shelter Crew volunteers travel as a group to Catholic Charities to build community with one another while simultaneously building community with their unhoused neighbors and Catholic Charities partners. Volunteers are often enrolled in either a Theology course or a Sociology course, so each brings their unique perspective to the interpersonal and societal structures at play in this volunteer experience. Volunteers engage in several possible experiences, from checking guests into the shelter to preparing bagged meals to serving hot meals in the cafeteria.
The collaboration between the University of St. Thomas and Catholic Charities of St Paul and Minneapolis is driven by a shared pursuit of social justice and the core elements of the Catholic faith that are central to the mission of St. Thomas and Catholic Charities. After thoughtful and strategic discussions, both institutions desire to work together to launch several initiatives that enhance community engagement and student formation, address pressing societal needs, and provide a platform for future growth. The student experience encapsulates both academic and co-curricular activities. Both programs allow students to work in partnership with Catholic Charities in various programs. Coursework involves project collaboration as well as direct service. Co-curricular programs are direct service, including meal preparation, meal delivery, cleaning, welcoming guests, tutoring, and warehouse packing.
Christian Brothers University
Dr. Juliette Paul in conjunction with the Center for Community Engagement and those within Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering to engage students via their studies on Jane Austen and her fictional novels in relation to the experiences provided in community commons (land affecting the Fourth Bluff Community). It also provided students with an immersion into community dynamics, volunteerism, and service via manuscripts, printing, and digital platforms in order to provide awareness and resources to the Cossitt Library and Fourth Bluff community in efforts to create a more resourceful and impactful commons area.
Within this particular Community Engaged Learning Course at Christian Brothers University, the service objectives included: observing the pathways and community activities of the Fourth Bluff (renovated Memphis historic area) alongside Jane Austen’s critique of poor stewardship of the public commons, demonstrate the resonance of her books in present-day Memphis and develop ways of using the media available to us (as Austen used the media available to herself—manuscript and print) to uncover new meaning in her novels and foster socially and ethically responsible connections to people who pass through our own Civic Commons (Fourth Bluff) and to partner with the Memphis Public Libraries in its work to transform the Fourth Bluff and create a project, such as digital resource, that supports this initiative. Students exercised awareness and other community engagement practices that are reciprocal and mutually beneficial to both students, community partners, and clients of the Fourth Bluff/Cossitt Library via forms of public scholarship.
Nursing students improved the health and wellness in socio-economically deprived communities in and around Kingston, Jamaica, by conducting blood pressure and glucose monitoring of people typically serviced by a local soup kitchen. They developed a medical record form to track data which was used in each interaction and offered counseling and educational materials for better health outcomes specifically targeting diabetes and hypertension. Students participated in making food and distributing meals to people coming for the health and wellness checkups and also delivered meals to those who are homebound and unable to visit the church.
Given the positive interactions and experience in helping people in need of healthcare, the students will participate in future service opportunities for similar populations. Given the challenge and success of preparing food for 100 people in need, the students will volunteer in future programs that address global food insecurity.
The Encuentro Dominicano semester abroad program embodies the Jesuit mission of promoting justice, striving for excellence, and dedication to the truth. Encuentro centers around service-learning, travel, and building community with fellow students and Dominicans – all while experiencing the rich and vibrant culture of the Dominican Republic.
Encuentro Dominicano students spend two mornings per week working alongside Dominican agencies at local service sites. Encuentro service site partners may vary each semester with the limits of availability, but partner sites have included organizations that work with children, teenagers and elder adults living in challenging circumstances. Twice a semester, students head outside of the city of Santiago to a rural community in the northern region of the Dominican Republic. During their time on these rural immersions, students live in solidarity with their new host families to learn first-hand the realities of life in the Dominican countryside. They also work side by side with their community on a development project that helps accomplish our host partner's mission of providing a healthy and dignified life for Dominicans living in rural areas. Through their time with family and the hard work of their project, students learn the lessons of simplicity, openness to new things, and most importantly, unconditional love. Encuentro Dominicano students experience being in solidarity with people who are materially poor or marginalized and build community with their rural hosts, as well as with fellow students.
Director Dialogues Series: Coming December 7th!
Catholic college and university Campus Ministers are invited to the first quarterly Director Dialogue series of the new academic year on
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET)
In response to campus ministry directors' requests, ACCU and CCMA have partnered to provide opportunities for campus ministry directors to have an informal place to gather, share ideas and promising practices, and be supported by their colleagues.
Additional information and future Director Dialogues topics available!