APRIL 2021 UNIVERSITY ACTION GUIDE

Happy Easter season! As the academic year wraps up, we celebrate our graduating seniors and thank you for your inspirational commitment to ending global poverty with your CRS university chapter this year. All are invited to continue taking monthly actions over the summer, join our national chapter calls and August Recess visits. Summer Action Guides will be provided May through August to highlight ongoing opportunities for action. Blessings as you wrap up your academic year!

Don't forget to keep an eye out on Instagram at @CRSUniversity, and tag us in what you're doing, too!

April 2021: Lead the Way on Hunger, FY22 Appropriations and Earth Day

Opening Prayer

Empty This Tomb (en español)

Community Building

  • Welcome any new CRS chapter members and ask what has inspired them to join the CRS chapter.

  • Icebreaker for all: How was your Easter? For what are you most grateful for from this year as a CRS university chapter?

Reflection – On Care for Our Common Home

Pick a topic from the USCCB’s Laudato Si’ Discussion Guide, such as Climate Change to reflect on:

“Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day. Its worst impact will probably be felt by developing countries in coming decades.” (no. 25)

“Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it.” (no. 23)

  1. What are you observing locally or in other parts of the country and world that causes you to think about climate change?

  2. What changes can we make to our lifestyles, production and consumption to better care for one another and creation?

CRS Programming and Stories

Read stories featuring innovative programs that provide the tools to combat hunger and malnutrition through changing climates, so communities can become more resilient.

This Month's Actions

Leadership

Summer Hire/Intern Program

National Chapter Call

All chapter leaders, members and advisors are invited to participate live in this month’s National Chapter Call on April 10th at 1pm EDT.

  • If you do not receive the Zoom information on April 5th and would like to join, please email university@crs.org.

  • If you or your chapter is unable to join live, the recording of the call will be sent via email to chapter leaders and advisors soon after the call concludes.

  • After watching the call (live or the recording), don’t forget to complete this month’s skill-building action sheet action with your chapter.

Advocacy

  • April Skill-building Action Sheet (en español)

    • The skill-building action sheet is one tool for you to develop your advocacy skills and keep in consistent communication with your members of Congress each month to develop a relationship with the office. As you continue to develop your skills, this tool then allows you to expand your reach and invite others to complete the action too!

    • April’s Action Sheet action: Write a letter to your U.S. representative urging them to protect poverty-reducing international development and humanitarian assistance in the Fiscal Year 2022 budget.

  • Learn more about the new legislative focus, the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget and Appropriations process.

  • Wrap up this Spring with a campus-wide action on Earth Day (April 22nd), such as a socially distanced or virtual drop-in event where students, staff and faculty can complete an action alert by texting CRSU Hunger to 306-44 or visiting university.crs.org. Contact your CRS Regional Representative for additional support.

Giving

PLANNING FOR NEXT MONTH'S LEADERSHIP, ADVOCACY AND/OR GIVING ACTION(S)

Keep an eye out for our Summer University Action Guides that will offer reminders on actions you can take over the summer even if your university chapter is not meeting.

Leadership

  • Are you a graduating senior looking to continue your transformative work in a community, parish or diocesan-based CRS Chapter?

    • Register here (en español) to attend the Thursday, April 15th CRS Come and See for adult chapters at either 2:30pm ET or 8pm ET to learn about getting connected to an existing chapter in your city or starting a new one.

  • Do you know someone who might be interested in learning more about CRS University’s chapter and campaign work?

    • Invite your friends and network to register here to attend the Monday, April 12th CRS Come and See for university chapters at 4pm ET. At this hour-long event, we will share how university students and staff can get more involved in the movement to end global poverty, including through the work of CRS University Chapters and CRS’ new campaigns.
  • Training and Events website update forthcoming

    • In future months, you’ll be able to visit the Training and Events website to see virtual events universities are holding. Check back soon, and notify your CRS Regional Representative if your campus is hosting a CRS-focused virtual event.

Advocacy

  • Keep an eye out for the Summer Action Guides from May-August that will provide updates and reminders on how you can take actions this summer.

  • Save the date: August Recess Participant Workshop on Saturday, July 17th from 1-2:30pm EDT. This skill-building workshop is open to chapter members interested in participating in a Congressional visit during August recess. Come learn about hunger/malnutrition and migration/forced displacement, deepen your knowledge of the legislative ask and practice preparing for Congressional visits. More details forthcoming.

Giving

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