Marywood Joins President's Interfaith and Community Service Challenge

Published on Mon, September 12, 2011

President Obama's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge is drawing participation from leading campuses across the county, and Marywood University is among them. Last month, Marywood University sent two delegates to the White House.

Sister Anne Munley, Ph.D., IHM and Sister Catherine Luxner, IHM, visited Washington D.C. on August 3, along with representatives from other participating colleges and universities, to celebrate the launch of the Inter-faith Challenge, connect with other participants and discuss respective campus plans.

In May, Sr. Anne Munley, president of Marywood University, established a sixteen-member task force representing all areas of the university. Focusing on "Domestic Poverty and Educational Opportunity," Marywood University will initiate a number of programs such as the collection and distribution of blankets for homeless persons, food collections for area pantries and cultural competency training for its employees.

"I am delighted that Marywood University is taking such an active role in this initiative. Our plan will meet the President's Challenge in positive, meaningful ways," said Sister Anne. "We remain committed to creating culturally diverse and global educational experiences for our students, so they can become positive forces for good in this complex world."

According to the White House webpage, "...the initiative invites institutions of higher education to commit to a year of interfaith and community service programming on campus. This programming might take the form of diverse campus groups working together to implement a specific year-long service project."

Marywood University is one of 250 institutions nationwide—and the only university in the region—that is participating in the program.

Pictured above are Sr. Anne Munley and Eboo Patel, founder of the Interfaith Youth Core.