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Global Solidarity Grants

In Fall 2014, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) jointly offered four small grants of up to $2,500 to ACCU member institutions to facilitate creative projects that advance Catholic mission through global solidarity.  The projects are being carried out now, in Spring 2015.

We received strong proposals for outstanding projects from 21 of ACCU's member institutions.  Congratulations to the grant winners:

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Refugees Seeking Safety Simulation

An unaccompanied minor undertakes a harrowing journey, all alone, to try to get to the United States. Some are successful, others are not. Whether these children are successful or not in their endeavor, it is a long journey. In order to flee the violence in their own countries, these children will face life-threatening situations along the way.

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Ohio State University and Kent State University Delegation CSMG 2015
Young Leaders Initiative 2015: Student Musings and Photo Gallery

Almost 100 college and university students gathered in Washington, DC as part of the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering's Young Leader's Initiative from February 7-11, 2015.

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Information Technology and Development: “Know Before you Go”

On February 17th, CRS information technology experts Steve Hellen and Marianna Hensley led a webcast with students as part of the CRS University Faculty Learning Commons. The following are some excerpts from the conversation; you can view the webcast in full at:

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CRS University/Rice Bowl Pic

Besides tweeting about it (using #4Lent4Life, of course), Catholic Relief Services offers a number of ways you can live your faith, deepen your prayer, and more intentionally connect to the Catholic mission of solidarity with people around the world during the season of Lent.  And, you can engage others on your campus to do the same!

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VIDEO: Happy Valentine's Day!

Celebrate Valentine's Day by enjoying this video of CRS Student Ambassadors and other Young Leaders sharing what they LOVE about CRS University and Social Justice!

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Learn and Pray about Human Trafficking

Pope Francis reminds us that “Whoever uses and exploits the person, even indirectly, makes himself an accomplice of this abuse [trafficking].* How can we understand better the ways that human flesh is sold for profit in our global economy? What actions can we take for justice? 

On the occasion of the February 8 International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking, the CRS University team would like to offer the resources below for learning and reflection. Let our prayer be to overcome our indifference. 

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Fall 2014 in Photo Review

Do you spot your CRS Student Ambassador Chapter? Yourself? If not, make sure to submit photos of your events to in the future!

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