At Carlow University, mercy and justice are in our DNA

Mercy, justice and service are hallmarks of Carlow University since our founding by the Sisters of Mercy in 1929. Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in 1831 in Dublin, Ireland, sought to reveal the mercy of God in our world through her service to the poor, sick and uneducated. Education was at the heart of this effort, as was a desire to meet needs not being addressed by others.

We recognize that much work remains to be done in order to address social justice and anti-racist behaviors. Through our Social Justice Institute, we work with University stakeholders on research, education and outreach. These focus areas include:

  • Ensuring that everyone has the same amount of protection from environmental and health hazards, and access to decision making that helps cultivate healthy environments.
  • Advocating for just immigration laws that help keep families together, provide a route to citizenship and provide access to opportunities for permanent residents.
  • Raising awareness of institutional racism and developing ways to combat it.
  • Preventing partner and child abuse and fighting to end human trafficking and violence in our communities.
  • Ensuring the equal rights of women, including rights in education and the workplace, pregnancy and parenting discrimination, and violence against women.

Given all that is transpiring in our world today, it is fitting to highlight Juneteenth even more so than what we have done in the past.

This year, Carlow University is the proud sponsor of Western Pennsylvania’s Juneteenth Homecoming and Youth Festivals.

Please stop by and visit with us at our booth  at the big celebration June 17-19 at Point State Park.

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