Catholic-Inspired Community Engagement
This task force on Catholic-Inspired Community Engagement will focus on promoting practices within our community that reflect the university’s commitment to truth, justice and caritas (self-giving love), and that inspire community members to work for the common good. We will build upon our strengths in ethics, sustainability, social justice, service learning, globalization and social entrepreneurship with diverse local and global communities. We will foster a more coordinated approach to community engagement and build a culture of service.
The university will seek partnerships and relationships with Catholic institutions and agencies, both educational and service/justice oriented around the globe.
It will promote research and teaching aimed at human development, the sanctity of human life, social justice and peacebuilding.
We will cultivate an ethic of the care for God’s creation.
We will address injustice in our world.
We will develop and sustain interreligious and ecumenical dialogue by engaging people of all faiths on our campuses and in the broader community.
The task force – informed by constituents throughout the university - will:
I. Review the goals, objectives, initiatives, and performance measures put forth by the Catholic Inspired Community Engagement subcommittee of the UST 2013–14 Strategic Planning Committee.
II. Prioritize key objectives and establish concrete initiatives and performance measures.
III. Establish a timeline with milestones.
- Continue collection of data from stakeholders based on five subgroups: Faith-Based, Business/Social Entrepreneurship, Public Sector, Non-Profits and UST Benchmarks.
- Begin to analyze data collected to identify principles of engagement, potential models and best practices.
- Design "Summit of Ideas" to engage community experts and explore best big ideas.
- Review different models for campus community service opportunities.
- Compile all information from stakeholders.
- Identify themes and best practices from collected data.
- Summit of Ideas completed.
- Review different models for campus community service opportunitites.
- Complete goals and recommendations based on collection of data, best practices and big ideas.
- Final report and recommendations.
Karen M. Lange, Co-Chair
Vice President for Student Affairs
Larry J. Snyder, Co-Chair
Vice President for Mission
Elise L. Amel
Professor of Psychology and Director of Environmental Studies
James F. Ennis
Executive Director of Catholic Rural Life
Senior Vice President of Systems Change and Innovation, United Way
Amy L. Gage
Neighborhood Liaison, University Relations
Ernest L. Owens, Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC) liaison
Assistant Professor of Management
Brad T. Pulles
Program Director - Retention, Student Diversity and Inclusion Services
Director of Campus Ministry
Nancy A. Sannerud
Administrative Assistant to the Academic Dean, School of Divinity
Eva M. Solomonson
Clinical Faculty, Graduate Social Work
Director of Psychological Services, Clinical Faculty
Director of the Child Development Center
Associate Professor of Theology