Student Ambassadors

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What is the CRS Student Ambassador program?

Through the CRS Student Ambassador program, colleges and universities form on-campus chapters of student leaders who are trained by CRS to mobilize their peers and bring to life the mission of global solidarity on campus. Chapters are connected to one another and to CRS in order to build a national movement for social change.

How does the CRS Student Ambassador program work?

CRS Student Ambassador chapters engage the campus community to act on global emergencies and injustices. Ambassadors organize awareness campaigns, prayer services, candlelight vigils, faith-sharing groups, legislative advocacy, and fundraising campaigns for global emergencies as well as participate in CRS programs such as CRS Rice Bowl, CRS Fair Trade and CRS Helping Hands. National and regional conferences and trainings are held each year to bring chapters together and form a national community of students committed to advancing global justice, peace and human dignity.

What do CRS Student Ambassador chapters do?

  • Learn about global poverty and injustice in order to educate their peers.
  • Develop leadership skills in order to mobilize the campus community to respond to global emergencies and injustice.
  • Connect faith to action in order to cultivate global discipleship.
  • Tap into CRS’ work and resources in order to gain tools to transform campus and the world.

What are the core program dimensions?

  • Leadership
    • President and Vice President
    • Core team of trained and active student ambassadors
  •  Institutional Support
    • A permanent faculty or staff advisor
    • Official club/organization OR sponsored by an office/department on campus
  •  Impact
    • At least 3 events per year
  •  Accountability

For more information, please contact CRS staff at university@crs.org or visit http://university.crs.org/students

* CRS Ambassador 2013-14 Application.docx
Interested in joining as a student ambassador? Please view the Student Ambassador Application.

Ambassador Leadership Team

President

  • Morgan Gruenewald

Vice President

  • Cara Mathers

Faith Formation

  • Emily Persicketti

Global Health/Migration Issue Group Coordinator

  • Kathleen O'Hora

Fair Trade/Food Security Issue Group Coordinator

  • Sajid Hossain
Season of Solidarity

Syrian refugee talks about his experiences at Villanova University Interfaith Vigil - By Linda Stein

Syrian refugee Said Ojjeh spoke at an Inferfaith Vigil ‘Season of Solidarity’ at St. Thomas of Villanova Church on December 2, 2015. Zaid Ojjeh is glad that he is in America and safe from the fate befalling many of his Syrian countrymen in their war ravaged homeland.However, the 28-year-old from Damascus is in a legal limbo awaiting his petition for asylum to be adjudicated. In that matter he has the help of students and recent graduates of Villanova Law School.

Ojjeh — who spoke to about 200 people at St. Thomas of Villanova Church at a “Season of Solidarity” interfaith vigil held by Villanova University Catholic Relief Services Ambassadors — escaped from Syria to Jordan because he feared for his life after learning that the Syrian government was aware of his activities on a social media website. While in Jordan, he worked for an American company and came to the U.S. to attend a conference in June 2013. Instead of returning to the Middle East, Ojjeh, now living in Blue Bell, decided it would be safer to stay here.

In Syria, “every day it was getting worse and worse,” he said in an interview before his talk. There people knew not to talk about politics or their ruler, Bashar al-Assad, whose father had ruled the country before him.“You never talk about the president,” said Ojjeh. “He’s like God. It’s been like that for 40 years.” A friend of his had a conversation about Assad with his parents and that friend was arrested, said Ojjeh. “I heard from him how much he was tortured,” said Ojjeh. His older brother was drafted into the Syrian military and saw horrible things, but escaped and is trying to leave the country, he said. However, his parents remain in Syria. more

Ambassador Happenings

Ambassador Happenings

CRS Student Ambassadors: Informed Action for Justice
By: Elena Giannella, Villanova Senior and Summer 2014 Peace & Justice Intern at Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

Fair Trade

Fair Trade

Buying into Fair Trade, Ambassadors had a three person panel consisting of a sociologist, economist and a Whole Foods manager on April 29th. The overall theme was to generate a discussion revolving around creating a culture of ethical consumption and business. You Tube video

Student Advocacy

Student Advocacy

The Bread for the World National Gathering, held in Washington DC in June, was attend by three CRS Ambassadors. Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's leaders to end hunger at home and abroad.The Ambassadors attended sessions and participated in Lobby Day to advocate on hunger issues.

Alter at Vigil

Week of Solidarity with Syria's Refugees, Ambassadors invited the university community to an interfaith Vigil on Thursday, November 7, at 5:30 p.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova church for the purpose of expressing solidarity with Syria’s refugees. Donations were collected through Text to Give and events on campus.

grass roots in advocacy

Grass Roots Advocacy in Action

image of 2008 Legislative Advocacy Report
2008 Legislative Advocacy Report