Higher Standards for Higher Education: The Christian University and Solidarity

Speech delivered by Dean Brackley, S.J. at the Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas” (UCA) in San Salvador, 10 years after the murder of the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador. Brackley references the work of the UCA, and then states: “We cannot hope to photocopy the UCA in the U.S. Yet, we need to ask how we can shape our universities to respond more faithfully, anduniversitariamente, to an unjust world, in a manner analogous to what the martyrs of the UCA did.” Includes an extensive look at education for solidarity.

Author: Dean Brackley, S.J.
Source: Creighton University

Link: http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/brackley.html


Human Barometer – Where Do You Stand on Civil Rights Issues?

Group activity to help students think critically and independently about where they stand on contemporary civil rights issues. Can be adapted for staff, parishioners, etc.

Source: Cesar Chavez Foundation
Link: http://www.chavezfoundation.org/uploads/Human_Barometer.pdf

Undocumented Students in Jesuit Higher Education

In 2010, Fairfield University, Santa Clara University, and Loyola University Chicago launched a 2-year study to understand legal and social context, attitudes and social current practices in Jesuit institutions of higher education in the United States regarding undocumented students. It is estimated that only 5-10% of the 65,000 undocumented students that graduate from an American high school each year are able to enter post-secondary education.

The site contains key report findings, initiatives for undocumented students in Jesuit higher education, and additional resources at the local, national, legal, internship, and advocacy levels.

Link: http://www.fairfield.edu/academics/schoolscollegescenters/academiccenters/centerforfaithandpubliclife/researchscholarship/immigrantstudentproject/otherresources/

Immigration – Undocumented Students, Student Experience

DREAMer Testimony from the Undocumented Students in Higher Education Hearing in February 2013.

Lumen Christi Social Justice Survey

Sample survey to help gauge which social justice issues parishioners are interested in and how they would like to take action

Source: Catholic Charities – Twin Cities
Link: http://www.cctwincities.org/document.doc?id=122

7 Habits of Highly Effective Social Justice Committees

Some tips for running an effective social justice committee and a sample mission statement

Source: Catholic Charities – Twin Cities
Link: http://www.cctwincities.org/document.doc?id=188

Charity vs. Justice Chart

Basic chart to help clarify the difference between charity and justice

Source: Catholic Charities – Twin Cities
Link: http://www.cctwincities.org/document.doc?id=124

Social Ministry Books and Movies

List of nearly 100 Catholic social ministry books and resources

Source: Catholic Charities – Twin Cities
Link: http://www.cctwincities.org/document.doc?id=108

Selected Justice Quotes of Pope Francis

Rich resource of Pope Francis quotes on topics including: poverty, economic justice, labor, common good, charity/service, love/charity, mission, sacraments and justice, housing, creation/environment, solidarity, migrants/refugees, hunger, rights and responsibilities, family, government, peace, trafficking, and ecumenism.

Source: Catholic Relief Services
Link: http://globalfellows.crs.org/resources/selected-quotes-of-pope-francis/