Accomplishments 2005-2006

University Lectures and Events

  • Fair Trade Day, 10/4/06: All day event included: Informal Business School Faculty Breakfast, Fair Trade Faculty/Administration Luncheon (courtesy of Dining Services), Fair Trade Market, and Fair Trade Symposium: "Fair Trade: Blending Value with Values," Panelists: CRS Fair Trade Program Director, Michael Sheridan; Paul Nichols Pura Vida Coffee; Cesar Rivas La Florida Cooperative, Peru; David Funkhouser, TransFair USA; Timothy Dietzler, Villanova University Dining Services, (attendance: 100+) *coordinated by Prof. Doh and Prof. Joyce Zavarich
  • Fair Trade Business School Forum, CRS Fair Trade Program Director, Michael Sheridan, 4/20/06 (attendance: 50+) *coordinated by Prof. Jonathan Doh
  • CRS co-sponsors Villanova public lecture by Paul Farmer, M.D., 4/8/06 (attendance: 500+)
  • "Rebuilding Afghanistan: Renewing Hope," CRS Afghanistan Field Staff, Huma Safi & Melody McNeil, 4/6/06 (attendance: 35+) * coordinated by Prof. Lowell Gustafson
  • "Line in the Sand: Stories from the U.S. Border," Live Performance, CRS/VU Theater Department Drama Project, 3/21/06 (attendance: 200+) *coordinated by Joyce Zavarich
  • "Careers in International Development," CRS South Asian Regional Director Kevin Hartigan, 12/2/05 (attendance: 25+)
  • CRS Refugee Tent on Display, Campus Ministry Hunger Awareness Week, 11/05 *coordinated by Joyce Zavarich
  • "Crisis in Darfur," CRS lecturer, 10/24/05 (attendance: 25+)

CRS Classroom Guest Lecturers

  • CRS L.A. & Caribbean Regional Director, Jared Hoffman, (Latin American Global Perspectives Integrating Seminar) 5/4/06
  • "Sustainable Agriculture," CRS Technical Services Unit Director, Gaye Burpee, (Environmental Issues class) 3/21/06
  • "CRS Legislative Advocacy," CRS Community Organizer, Chris West, (Global Poverty and Justice) 2/2/06
  • "CRS programming in South Asia," CRS South Asian Regional Director, Kevin Hartigan, (Global Poverty and Justice) 12/1/05

CRS-VU-Related Research

Faculty Research: 2005-06

  • Publication: "A New Direction in Teaching Global Solidarity: Partnering with Catholic Relief Services," Suzanne C. Toton, in New Horizons in Theology, ed. Terrence W. Tilley, Orbis Books, 2005.

Villanova Law School Clinic:

  • CRS staff from regions where CRS works overseas have provided assistance to law students researching and representing clients applying for asylum and refugee status

CRS Internships

  • Christopher Lamar '06 (Political Science), Nicaragua, Summer 2005


  • CRS/Villanova Theater Department Drama Project (Summer 2005)
    With CRS scholarship support, three Villanova graduate theater students spent one week on the Arizona/Mexico border, interviewing migrants, ranchers, border patrol, human rights activists, parish priests and social ministers, etc. Drawing on their experience, the students wrote, produced, and performed "Line in the Sand: Stories from the U.S. Mexico Border," an hour-long production that tells the human and complex story of immigration. "Line in the Sand" has been performed for university, church, and community audiences in the Northeast, and it is now available on DVD.
  • CRS Student Ambassadors Pilot Launched: Spring 2006
    Student teams of 5, trained by CRS, gain in-depth understanding of fair trade, food security, HIV/AIDS, and immigration, and in turn, educate, resource, and contribute to existing student organizations, university programming, and also generate new initiatives on these issues. *coordinated by Prof. Joyce Zavarich
  • University Dining Services: Contract with Pura Vida Coffee (exclusively fair trade corporation) in support of university mission and partnership with CRS. Fair Trade coffee is available in all university dining facilities