Mission and Identity Programs


Economic In/Justice

Current levels of production are sufficient, yet millions of people are still suffering and dying of starvation. This... is truly scandalous. A way has to be found to enable everyone to benefit from the fruits of the earth, and not simply to close the gap between the affluent and those who must be satisfied with the crumbs falling from the table, but above all to satisfy the demands of justice, fairness and respect for every human being- Pope Francis

In support of the Xavier Way, Fr. Graham SJ has asked the heads of certain centers and academic programs (Mission Animators*) to come together to create more integrated programming across the campus. To do so, the group has chosen the theme economic justice (broadly understood) for the 2017-2018 academic year. With a generous gift from an anonymous Xavier supporter, the following projects and activities spotlighting this human justice issue are supported: See resources on Economic Justice

Economic Justice on the College Campus
Mary Kochlefl and Kandi Stinson

To address the topic of economic justice in higher education, the CTE will host a keynote address and related stakeholder meetings with Sara Goldrick-Rab, Ph.D., national expert on college cost and student financial insecurity on Monday, February 12, 2018. The visit will spur conversations at Xavier on pedagogical and institutional choices that take into account financial impact on our students, who demonstrate hardship and even food insecurity, according to 2016 surveys.

Additionally, a discussion group on Goldrick-Rab's book, Paying the Price, begins January 24th from 2:00-3:00pm. Interested participants can contact cte@xavier.edu to sign up and request the book.

Wendy Hunt, CEO of FreeSet
-Wendy Hunt, CEO of FreeSet, a free-trade company, will be giving a presentation on Tuesday February 27th, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. She will describe her work and the eight year journey of becoming a free-trade company. FreeSet employs women who are rescued from sex trafficking in India. It is a fascinating story.

Vandana Shiva will speak
Gabe Gottlieb and James Buchanan
Vandana Shiva, an Indian scientist and social activist and one of the world's leading voices on issues of environmental sustainability, equity, the empowerment of minorities and particularly women will speak on campus Sunday, April 22, 2018. For more on Vandana Shiva click here https://www.britannica.com/biography/Vandana-Shiva

There's a Bigger Game: Raising Awareness of our Role in Sustaining Systems of Poverty and Oppression
Paul Gore

The purpose of There's A Bigger Game is to promote awareness of the impact of our buying choices on the free and fair trade markets and how those choices promote and combat systems of poverty respectively. This will be accomplished through University guest lectures and course integration that will surround a larger showcase event featuring fair trade t-shirts at a Xavier Men's Basketball game. Parallel events will be occurring at both Xavier and Marquette.

Wendy Hunt will be speaking on being the former CEO of FreeSet, a fair trade company, on February 27, 2018 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in Kennedy Auditorium - CLC 412. More information on this event

Economic Justice through Home and Community Gardens in Evanston
Tim Severyn

Fresh is Better is a home and community garden project launched this spring by Bellarmine Chapel, in partnership with the NEXUS gardens at Xavier, the Evanston Recreation Center, and the Evanston Community Council. This project is designed to build relationships between the Xavier community and our neighbors through gardening, while simultaneously promoting food security, healthy eating, and economic justice for all.



* Mission Animators: Elizabeth Blume, James Buchanan, Greg Carpinello, Cindy Daumeyer, Art Dewey, Gabe Gottlieb, Abie Ingber, Debra Mooney, Niamh O'Leary, Sean Rhiney, Taj Smith, Janice Walker