Student Ambassadors

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What is the CRS Student Ambassador program?

The CRS Student Ambassador program is the flagship program of CRS University Engagement.  This program provides an opportunity for colleges/universities  to form an on-campus Chapter of student leaders who are trained by CRS to mobilize campus engagement in tangible acts of solidarity with the global poor to build a more just and peaceful world.

How does the CRS Student Ambassador program work?

CRS Student Ambassadors work together in an institutionally supported campus Chapter to lead and animate their campus in global solidarity through awareness campaigns, prayer services and candle-light vigils, legislative advocacy, creative community fundraisers during global emergencies and other activities through participation in CRS U.S. programs such as CRS Rice Bowl, CRS Fair Trade and CRS Helping Hands.

Together our CRS Student Ambassadors represent a national community of students from across the country who are committed to advancing global justice, peace and human dignity by:

  • learning about the plight of the world's poor,
  • training their peers on global justice issues,
  • mobilizing their campuses to act for the recognition and respect of the poor's inherent dignity,
  • standing in solidarity with the poor through prayer and faith-formation experience.

 CRS Student Ambassadors have the unique opportunity to grow in their faith while engaging their campus in response to urgent needs around the world.

What are the core program dimensions?

Based on stakeholder feedback and our engagement with colleges and universities around the country, CRS University Engagement developed the following dimensions for a CRS Student Ambassador Chapter:

  1. Ten or more student Ambassadors with a student officer structure (President, Vice-President, Treasurer) to provide leadership to the Chapter affiliate.
  2. Institutional support from the college or university.
  3. A permanent faculty or staff advisor.
  4. Clearly defined annual objectives that include three education, prayer, advocacy or fundraising events on core CRS issues per year.
  5. Annual participation in a CRS-sponsored conference or training.
  6. Annual reporting back to CRS.
  7. Channels and procedures to mobilize campus during a global emergency.

For more information, please contact CRS staff at or visit

* CRS Ambassador 2013-14 Application.docx
Interested in joining as a student ambassador? Please view the Student Ambassador Application.

Ambassador Leadership Team


  • Morgan Gruenewald


  • Elena Giannella
  • Cara Mathers
  • Emily Persicketti
  • Emily Wilson
Interfaith Vigil
Last fall the Villanova University community filled the church to capacity in response to the urgent humanitarian crisis of Syria’s refugees. One year later the crisis in the region has escalated compounded by the spreading violence of ISIS. Today 13.6 million Syrians and Iraqis have been displaced—the equivalent of London’s population. Kim Pozniak, CRS Communications Officer for Global Emergencies, and Barbara Fraze, International Editor for the Catholic News Service, recently returned from the region and addressed the situation. Following the vigil over 200 letters written asking Congress to lend support to the refugees were delivered to Capitol Hill. Please support families with essential living supplies, safe housing, hygiene kits, medical care and trauma counseling.

Ambassador Happenings

Ambassador Happenings

CRS Student Ambassadors: Informed Action for Justice
By: Elena Giannella, Villanova Senior and Summer 2014 Peace & Justice Intern at Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

Fair Trade

Fair Trade

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. You Tube video

Student Advocacy

Student Advocacy

The Bread for the World National Gathering, held in Washington DC in June, was attend by three CRS Ambassadors. Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's leaders to end hunger at home and abroad.The Ambassadors attended sessions and participated in Lobby Day to advocate on hunger issues.

Alter at Vigil

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. Donations were collected through Text to Give and events on campus.

grass roots in advocacy

Grass Roots Advocacy in Action

image of 2008 Legislative Advocacy Report
2008 Legislative Advocacy Report