CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS

University Lectures and Events

  • Who Are Refugees?: The event was co-sponsored by the CARES Clinic in the Villanova Law School and the Villanova Partnership with Catholic Relief Services to challenge preconceived notions about refugees, to shine light onto the refugee story and raise awareness of the challenges they face. The night began with a TedTalk given by Alexander Betts, a Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs at the University of Oxford. In his talk, Betts proposed solutions to the failing refugee system, one that currently promotes more dangerous means for refugees to reach the United States. The panel included Luis Canales, a 3rd year law student, who came (walked) to the US from Honduras as an unaccompanied minor as a teenager and several former refugee clients of the (CARES) clinic. This event coincided with the UN General Assembly Summit hosted the previous day on the topic of global refugee protection. Over 100 students, faculty and visitors packed the room for the discussion. ACS Approved (9/20/16) https://youtu.be/1oMpQYTn80c
  • No Strings International - 2016 Adela Dwyer Villanova Peace Award recipient: No Strings International (NSI) is a not-for profit organization which uses the artistry of puppetry to help some of the world's most vulnerable children. NSI films enable children to build life-saving skills and overcome the trauma they have experienced due to war and natural disasters.
    The organization was created by Johnny McGlade, Kathy Mullen and Michael Frith. Mullen and Frith have worked on well-known children's educational programming such as Sesame Street, the Muppet Show, and Fraggle Rock. NSI works in partnership with major international non-governmental agencies, such as Save the Children, Catholic Relief Services, Oxfam, and others. The films are accompanied by workshops that train local teachers and outreach workers to use the puppets to effectively reach the children. ACS Approved (10/26/16)

Curriculum Faculty Learning Commons (FLC) Sessions

  • Fall 2016
    • Justice and Peacebuilding are at the heart of What CRS Does.
      • An overview of Catholic peacebuilding
      • The Church’s role in peace processes
      • Transitional justice and reconciliation
      • Interreligious peacebuilding
  • Spring 2017

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CRS Ambassador Events and Internships

  • A Cup of Economic Justice: The Fair Trade event included a viewing of the documentary "Women and Coffee" and a talk by Equal Exchange representative Laurie Foote. ACS Approves (10/18/16) 
  • Danielle Radomile '16 (Geography and Environmental Studies), Ashley Seyfried '17 (Geography and Environmental Studies/Polotical Science) Worked remotely on 8 Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) projects for different regions in Africa for Stephen Hellen, Director of CRS' Global Knowledge and Information Management Department, CRS Northeast/Regional Office, Summer, 2016
  • Mary Alice Platt '17 (French and Francophone Studies, Marsha Richard '16 (French and Francophone Studies/Psychology) (Worked remotely with Valerie Stetson, CRS Deputy Regional Director for the Central Africa Regional Office, getting an incredible education in the business development and project design processes of international development. They translated from English into French international development proposal documents and review and approval procedures. They also translated project design training curricula for CRS’ Nigerian staff soon to be field-tested.  Marsha also workied with Mandi Ashford, a Learning Specialist and Instructional Designer for CRS’ Institute for Capacity Strengthening, using her French, Photoshop, and HTML skills to develop a summer learning series for face-to-face and on-line courses for CRS’ global staff., Summer, 2016
  • Eric Wagner, Briana Brown '16 (French and Francophone Studies/Geography and Environmental Studies), CRS Madagascar, Designed Geospatial Information System (GIS) training manuals and translated them into French for CRS' Malagasy (GIS) staff, Summer, 2016
  • Margaret Sanborn '18 (Economics, Honors), CRS Northeast/Regional Office, Writing a Reference Guide for easy access of material for the recent conference in Rome on Social Impact Investing., Summer 2016
  • Rita Marino '18 (English), CRS Northeast/Regional Office, Fall 2016

CRS Employment

  • Scott Hollingsworth '09 (Accounting/Theology and Religious Studies), CRS Director of Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Danielle Radomile '16 (Geography and Environmental Studies), Paid internship working on  Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) projects for different regions in Africa for Stephen Hellen, Director of CRS' Global Knowledge and Information Management Department, CRS Northeast/Regional Office, Fall, 2016