Second Annual Anti-Poverty Symposium, 04/17-18

"Unitas in Action: Fighting Poverty and Living Sustainably"

April 17-18, 2023
Connelly Center
Villanova University


Please mark your calendars for April 17-18, 2023 for Villanova University's second annual Anti-Poverty Symposium in collaboration with the Villanova Sustainable Leadership Council and the Office for Mission and Ministry. The in-person symposium will assemble experts in poverty alleviation and sustainability to discuss and motivate the community to contribute to the significant effort of building a sustainable planet free from poverty. This year’s symposium will be broadly framed around the intersections of poverty, ecocide and the path toward ecological justice.

The event will feature renowned experts and other powerful presenters with a range of experiences and policy and research perspectives, including:

  • Wanjiku "Wawa" N. Gatheru, Founder and Executive Director of Black Girl Environmentalist
  • Naomi Klein, Senior Contributing Writer for The Intercept and New York Times bestselling author of How to Change Everything: The Young Human’s Guide to Protecting the Earth and Each Other (2021)
  • Cardinal Robert McElroy, the Archbishop of San Diego and a leading voice calling for climate change issues to be a focus of the Catholic Church
  • Bill McKibben, Author of The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon (2022) and Co-founder of
  • Raj Patel, Co-director of the award-winning documentary The Ants & the Grasshopper and Co-author of Inflamed: Deep Medicine and The Anatomy of Injustice (2021)
  • Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, Pope Francis’ new chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and the prefect emeritus of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
  • Robin Wall Kimmerer, Author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants and Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Sessions will feature lively conversations among guests who bring different theoretical, methodological and disciplinary approaches to analyzing and mitigating climate crisis and poverty. We hope you will join us in April and for the series of lead-up events throughout the spring semester. 

This interdisciplinary event is part of a University-wide initiative on poverty and inequality made possible by a gift from Paul Tufano Esq., '83 VSB, '86 CWSL and Christine Tufano '84 CLAS, '86 MA.


Please check back for additional details and speakers as the event approaches, and complete the form below to receive an email when the event registration is available.