Accomplishments 2007-2008

University Lectures and Events

  • Iraqi Refugee Crisis: Reports and Responses from the Field, Najla Chadha, Director, Caritas Lebanon Migrant Center; Michele Pistone, Director, Villanova Law School Clinical Program and Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services; Dina Habeb, Villanova Student, 4/8/07 (attendance 150)
  • Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum: "The Iraqi Refugee Crisis: Law, Policy, and Practice," National Press Club Ballroom, Washington, D.C. Co-sponsors: Villanova Law School, CRS, Holland & Knight, Mayer Brown, Migration Policy Institute, Proskauer Rose. Speakers included: Syrian and Jordanian Ambassadors to the U.S.; Executive Director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Migration Refugee Sevices; Director of the Caritas Lebanon Migrant Center; CRS Regional Director for the Middle East., 4/4/08 (attendance 300) *organized by Prof. Michele Pistone
  • "The Future of Microfinance," School of Business Faculty Luncheon, CRS former Senior Technical Advisor-Microfinance, William Farrand, 2/7/08 (attendance: 15) *collaborated with Prof. Jonathan Doh
  • "CRS In Rwanda: Before, During, and After the Genocide-the Institution and Personal Impact," Villanova ONE BOOK programming, CRS Executive Vice President for Human Resources, Dave Piraino and CRS Overseas Support Department Program Officer, Nathalie Piraino (Rwandan), 2/6/08 (attendance: 70) *collaborated with Anne Ford, Falvey Library
  • The Children Left Behind CRS Traveling HIV/AIDS Exhibit, Falvey Library, 11/6-12/2/07 *coordinated by Prof. Joyce Zavarich
  • "Restoring Hope in Africa: Community Based Care for HIV," CRS Deputy HIV/AIDS Kenya Unit Manager, Robert Makuna, 1/26/07, (attendance: 100) *coordinated by Prof. Joyce Zavarich
  • "Beyond the Guilt Trip: Effective Messaging for Global Justice and Peace," CRS Director of Legislative Advocacy, Bill O'Keefe, 9/27/07 (attendance: 50)
  • St. Thomas of Villanova Day Immigration Symposium, CRS Community Organizer and Director of Field Operations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Justice for Immigrants Campaign Chris West, 9/21/07

Faculty Development

  • Fall 2007 Faculty Development Workshop: Introducing CRS to Faculty: CRS President Ken Hackett and Executive Vice President for U.S. Operations Joan Neal via video conferencing, Executive Vice President for Overseas Operations Sean Callahan and Constituency Liaison Manager, Steve Hilbert, 9/28/07, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (attendance: 50)

Curriculum Global Solidarity Network (GSN) Sessions

  • Fall 2007:
    • Migration - 5 classes participated

CRS Classroom Guest Lecturers

  • "CRS and Microfinance," CRS former Senior Technical Advisor-Microfinance, William Farrand, (Global Poverty: Economics and Theology in Conversation) 2/7/07

Semester Break Study Tours

Global Corporate Responsibility Honors Seminar CRS Nicaragua Study Tour, March 3 -10, 2007
CRS Nicaragua hosted ten undergraduates, one graduate assistant, and Prof. James Klingler for the purposes of studying fair trade, fair trade cooperatives, micro-enterprises, sustainable agriculture, and the church's work in integral development. *coordinated by MBA student Jaclyn Johns

CRS Internships

  • Linley Kirkwood '09 (Honors), CRS Northeast Regional Office, Fall 2007
  • Amarachi Utah '08 (Law School), CRS Baltimore International Headquarters, Summer 2007
  • Amy Knop-Narbutis '08 (Honors) Ecuador, Katrine Herrick '08 (Honors, Management) Cambodia,Global Solidarity International Internships Summer 2007


  • Ken Hackett, CRS President, received honorary degree and was commencement speaker (5/18/08)
  • University Dining Services: Contract with Pura Vida Coffee (exclusively fair trade corporation) in support of university mission and partnership with CRS. Fair Trade coffee is available in all university dining facilities