Mercy College Students Visit DC to Learn About Advocacy
By Stephanie Heiland, Institute Communications Office
Students and staff from nine Sisters of Mercy-sponsored colleges and universities across the United States will be converging in Washington, D.C. May 20-24 to learn first-hand about advocating for social justice issues from the Sisters of Mercy Justice Team, including blog writers Marianne Comfort and Jean Stokan.
Through the lens of immigration issues, students will learn about legislative and policy advocacy as well as advocacy initiatives already underway with the Sisters of Mercy and other faith-based organizations. Participants will visit Casa de Maryland, a community based immigrant center that provides support and advocacy for immigrants. They will also have the opportunity to learn how to visit the Capitol to lobby and meet with their representatives.
Beginning on Monday, May 21st, we will be tweeting updates from the different events using the hashtag #MercyJustice as well as posting photos on our Facebook page. We invite you to use the hashtag to share words of encouragement and inspiration with the students throughout the week. To catch up on our updates, visit our Storify Story #MercyJustice.
The Mercy colleges and universities participating in this advocacy program co-sponsored by the Conference of Mercy Higher Education are University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, MI; Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ; Gwynedd-Mercy in Gwynedd Valley, PA; Misericordia University in Dallas, PA; Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, PA; Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA; Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, CT; Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, ME; and Saint Xavier in Chicago, IL.