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:
Carroll College: Raising Awareness about and Promoting Fair Trade in Helena, MT
Carroll College will raise awareness about and promote fair trade practices throughout its campus and the surrounding community of Helena, MT by introducing fair trade in its core curriculum, assessing the local knowledge about fair trade practices through student-run research, and offering fair trade-focused campus events along with public events in partnership with local Catholic parishes. The goal will be to encourage consumer choices that are consistent with the Catholic Church's longstanding support for the dignity of work and just wages by producing and distributing a reference guide about businesses that sell fair trade products in Helena.
Mount Mercy University: Standing in Solidarity with Migrants
As a Sisters of Mercy Institution, Mount Mercy University is dedicated to the dignity of each person. It is crucial to create a spirit of hospitality and stand in solidarity with migrants on campus and around the world. “Standing in Solidarity with Migrants” will work to inform students on issues of migration through inspiration and education. The first phase of the project will educate students through a guest speaker. The second phase will combine faith and action with an interfaith service and advocacy letter writing campaign to pray for those in need and advocate for change.
Saint Vincent College: Connecting the Local Community to the Global Issue of Human Trafficking
This project wiII raise awareness of an issue of critical importance to the global Catholic community- human trafficking. Saint Vincent students conducting service in Brazil will interact with a Missionary Sister of Christ who works with trafficking victims. Their experiences will be documented in a video to connect the local community to this global problem. Activities will include a Day of Awareness on campus to educate students and the public about human trafficking, a Day of Service to engage undergraduates in the anti-trafficking movement and the establishment of a student-run organization to continue activities into the future.
Cabrini College: #RefugeesSeekingSafety
Cabrini College students, faculty, and staff- led by the social justice course "Our Interdependent World", along with CRS Ambassadors and members of the Cabrini Mission Corps- are creating a simulation of unaccompanied minors coming to the US from Central America. The simulation will include participatory vignettes and lists of options minors face at the US-Mexico border, reflections on root causes of migration, programs on advocacy, and will culminate in a solidarity prayer-walk. Deliverables include the simulation, a website and educational materials, and a presentation at Cabrini's March 2015 celebration of the 10th anniversary of its partnership with CRS.
ACCU and CRS hope to offer the global solidarity grants program again in 2015. Please check our websites in the fall for more information!
Photo by Amy Held / Cabrini College