Accomplishments 2013-2014

University Lectures and Events

  • Bread for the World Regional Workshop, March 29, 2014, Driscoll Hall Actually Ending Hunger at Home: What Would It Take? (A TED talk format presentation)
  • Careers in International Development Day, March 26, 2014,  Sponsored by the CRS University Partnership; College of Nursing Center for Global and Public Health; The Career Center; VSB Center for Global Leadership, Villanova School of Business; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; College of Engineering; Office for Mission and Ministry; Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education. (300 persons attended including SEPCHE schools) Event Program   Blog News   Event Blog
  • Using Technology to Feed the World, November 19, 2013, Emily Wei, Catholic Relief Services Deputy Director for Policy Development, presentation during "Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week"

Faculty Development

  • Faculty/Staff Workshop Fall 2013: Taking Overseas Poverty-related Immersion Experiences to the Next Level: A Conversation with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Kim Marie Lamberty, DMin., CRS’ Program Manager for U.S. Operations; Paul Miller, Foreign Aid Advisor at CRS headquarters in Baltimore  View the Workshop Program  (35 faculty/staff in attendance)

Curriculum Global Solidarity Network (GSN) Sessions

  • Spring 2014
    • Confronting Slavery and Human Trafficking
      • The Case of Forced labor - 14 classes from Villanova participated
      • Sex Trafficking                                       
  • Fall 2013:
    • Learning From Disaster Response
      • Responding To Natural Disasters - 9 classes from Villanova participated
      • Humanitarian Response In Conflict Settings

CRS Classroom/Departmental Lectures

  • Syria: Report From the Field, Wednesday, February, 26, Chandreyee Banerjee, coordinator for Catholic Relief Services' Syrian humanitarian response, gave an informal update on the situation and the relief efforts in the region.
  • Theology and Religious Studies Majors, Minors and Graduate Student Workshop Fall 2013: Inspired by Catholic Social Teaching: Catholic Relief Services’ Journey toward Justice  Christine Tucker, Catholic Relief Services Senior Advisor – Strategy and Organizational Development

CRS Ambassador Events and Internships

  • Buying into Fair Trade, Ambassadors had a three person panel consisting of a sociologist, economist and a Whole Foods manager on April 29th. The overall theme was to generate a discussion revolving around creating a culture of ethical consumption and business. The event was ACS approved. (90 persons attended) View the event on You Tube
  • October was Fair Trade Month, Ambassadors held "Fuel Up with Fair Trade" and distributed about 350 mini equal exchange chocolates and about 7.5L of Pura Vida  FT coffee in the library during midterms week and gave out over 200 FT chocolates for Halloween. 
  • Week of Solidarity with Syria's Refugees, Ambassadors invited the university community to an interfaith Vigil on Thursday, November 7, at 5:30 p.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova church for the purpose of expressing solidarity with Syria’s refugees.
  • Villanova University and Cabrini College Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Ambassador Training, Fall 2013 (34 students in attendance)
  • Andrea Zinn '13, (Marketing/International Business) CRS International Headquarters, Fall, 2013
  • Charlie Bates '15, (Economics/Humanties) CRS Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, Fall 2013
  • Siobhan Cooney '14 (Theology and Religious Studies) CRS International Headquarters, Summer, 2013
  • Sarah Garwood '15, (Management/International Business) CRS International Headquarters, Summer, 2013


  • The weekly two minute radio feature called CRS World Report reporting on the humanitarian work of Catholic Relief Services will now be broadcast on Villanova Universities radio station WXVU. This project is coordinated by JJ Brown, Assistant Director of Student Development for Media Programs and Rachel Cooley, from the Kennedy Brownrigg Group who works with Catholic Relief Services on their radio awareness initiative. Rachel said “Your participation would aid in the lifesaving work of Catholic Relief Services and bring your listeners important & inspiring stories & information about humanitarian efforts abroad”.