Partnership Events

Vigil poster

Join Villanova’s Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Ambassadors for an Interfaith Vigil for Families Fleeing Conflict in Iraq and Syria on December 3rd, between 4:30-5:15 p.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church to Learn, Pray, Act and Give during this Season of Solidarity.

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 plight of the refugee and displaced population in the region has escalated and is compounded by the spreading violence of ISIS. This year we must show even greater support and care for the now 3.2 million Syrian refugees and 6.4 million internally displaced persons in Syria and 2 million internally displaced persons in Iraq. 

 Kim Pozniak, CRS Communications Officer for Global Emergencies, and a member of the Press Corps who just returned from the region will speak on the issue. Read more about Kim.


CRS Ambassador Regional Training

Villanova University
Saturday, October 25th
Garey Hall


Faculty/Staff Development Workshop

Building Resilience in Poor Communities through Information and Communications Technology for Development  (ICT4D)
A CRS Workshop for Villanova Faculty, Staff and Students (by invitation)

Friday, October 3, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided) - Falvey room 205
Please register by September 15th

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is a leader in the INGO community in the use of technology for poverty reduction and development.  In this special workshop, CRS’ Shaun Ferris, Director of Agricultural Livelihoods; Stephen Hellen, Director of ICT Architecture Design; and Marianna Hensley, Regional Technical Advisor for Monitoring and Evaluation, Accountability and Learning for CRS’ East and South Asia Region; will share some of the highlights from CRS’ 6th Annual Innovation and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) conference in Nairobi last March.

Ferris, Hellen, and Hensley (via Skype in India) will offer an exciting overview and specific examples of how the agency is using ICT cutting-edge innovations to creatively meet agricultural, market, financial, and health needs and build resilience in very poor communities. more