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:
- Ten or more student Ambassadors with a student officer structure (President, Vice-President, Treasurer) to provide leadership to the Chapter affiliate.
- Institutional support from the college or university.
- A permanent faculty or staff advisor.
- Clearly defined annual objectives that include three education, prayer, advocacy or fundraising events on core CRS issues per year.
- Annual participation in a CRS-sponsored conference or training.
- Annual reporting back to CRS.
- Channels and procedures to mobilize campus during a global emergency.
For more information, please contact CRS staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://university.crs.org