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Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice


October 22–24


Washington, DC


$20 (covers transportation, lodging and food) 

About IFTJ

The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) is an annual gathering for members of the Ignatian family (Jesuit institutions and larger Church) to learn about social justice issues, reflect, pray, network and advocate together on Capitol Hill. Participants are empowered, reenergized, inspired, challenged and supported by a community that sees faith and justice as integrally linked.

The IFTJ has a rich history rooted in honoring the Jesuits and their companions who were martyred in El Salvador in 1989.

Questions? Contact Kate Giancatarino.


Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

In this annual event, which began at Villanova in 1975, the Villanova community discusses the root causes of poverty, especially food insecurity and homelessness.

We raise awareness through education, show solidarity with those who are hungry and homeless, take immediate actions, and advocate for broader, long-term solutions that address systemic causes.

Learn more about HHAW.

Advocacy Week

Hosted by the Center Peace and Justice Education’s student engagement and leadership formation programing. 

Established in 2010, this annual event highlights the importance of advocacy in transforming the economic, social and political issues that concern us. The inspiration for Advocacy Week is to empower Villanovans to form a network of advocates and activists to effect social change. 

We invite classes, clubs, teams, groups and individuals to "Use Their Voice" and sponsor a petition, letter-writing campaign or other event aimed at a specific issue relevant to their interests or work.

logo; advocacy week: right here, write now

Info/Training Sessions

February 22 | 4:30 and 6:30 PM | PJ Classroom, Corr Hall 103

February 23 | 5:30 PM | PJ Classroom, Corr Hall 103

February 24 | 2-3 PM (or 3-4 PM by appointment) | PJ Classroom, Corr Hall 103

*Please attend one session to learn how to raise awareness of your cause.

**Individual meetings will be available by appointment – included in the Registration link below.

Oscar Romero Solidarity Lecture

March 20 | 7–8:30 PM | Driscoll 132

Be inspired by guest speakers from Las Patronas, recipients of the 2020 Adela Dwyer St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award. Visit the Center for Peace and Justice Education for more details.

Workshop – How to Create Events Accessible to All 

Tuesday March 21 | 7:00 PM | Location TBA

Sponsored by LEVEL and Villanova Special Olympics Committees

AW Praxis Lecture – “Advocacy and the Ecology of Change…

Wednesday, March 22 | 5:00 PM | Driscoll Lecture Hall 134

Advocacy and the Ecology of Change: fighting for solutions we need in anti-poverty and environmental sustainability work”  Come be inspired by and learn skills from our presenters: Prof. Stephanie Sena (Anti-Poverty Fellow, VLS; Founder of SREHUP), and Michael Gagne (Global Director of Organizing, Mercy for Animals; Organizing Consultant; Founding Member

Advocacy Tables

March 21–23 | 11:30 AM–1:30 PM | Connelly Center Lower Level Atrium Lounge

All are encouraged to stop by to learn about important causes Villanovans are organizing to solve, and take specific action to support them advocate for solutions. 

Questions? Contact Villanova Advocacy.

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Act! Speak! Build! Week

Building alone cannot provide shelter for the 1.6 billion people who live in poverty housing. Act! Speak! Build! Week expands the scope of Habitat’s mission from raising a hammer and raising funds to also raising your voice. Our Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity takes part in this week of education and action every spring. Contact the Habitat Eboard to learn more.

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CRS Ambassadors

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Ambassadors are trained by and work closely with CRS, the third largest US international private relief and development agency. The Ambassadors gain in-depth knowledge on fair trade, food security, global health and HIV-AIDS, immigration, and peacebuilding. In turn, they educate, resource and contribute to student groups and University programming. They also create initiatives on these issues.