CRS Student Ambassadors
The Loyola CRS Student Ambassadors are part of a network of CRS ambassador groups at colleges across the United States. We support Catholic Relief Services’ mission of service for and solidarity with those around the world who suffer injustice and affronts to human dignity, especially in the forms of poverty, hunger, and climate change. As a group, we are committed to advancing global justice and peace, inspired by faith and driven by the CRS mission.
CRS Student Ambassadors meet on a biweekly basis throughout the semester to learn about, discuss, and pray about issues of global injustice, including especially poverty, hunger, and climate change. These meetings help inform our programming goals and mission as we live it out on campus.
Interested in learning more about the CRS Student Ambassadors program or joining our group? E-mail Sam Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRS Mission Statement
Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching as we act to:
- Promote human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies; and,
- Serve Catholics in the United States as they live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world."
Student Ambassador Leadership Training: Loyola University Maryland is thrilled to host this summer’s CRS University SALT (Student Ambassadors Leading Together) Summit! CRS Student Ambassadors will be coming together from around the country to learn how to engage their campus communities to work for global solidarity through CRS. The training will be held from Sunday, July 24 to Tuesday, July 26, and will involve community building, skill-building, advocacy, and idea sharing. Please click here to learn more.
CRS Student Ambassadors offer the Loyola campus community the opportunity to stand in solidarity with the victims of global injustice. Past programs include events surrounding World Water Day, a prayer service for peace in Syria, and a CRS Rice Bowl Penny Drive. Annual programs include:
- Hunger Banquet: The Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, hosted by CRS Student Ambassadors, is a memorable, interactive event that brings hunger and poverty issues to life. The Hunger Banquet offers students the opportunity to experience a simulation of hunger and disparity, and is guided with stories of poverty from around the world. Following the Banquet, students reflect on their experience in an open dialogue.
- Fair Trade Sale: Each year, CRS hosts a Fair Trade Sale during the month of December. This sale features all fair trade items, ethically produced in safe and sustainable conditions, by artisans who are fairly compensated for their work. We typically offer a wide variety of goods, including kitchen goods, home décor, scarves, and Christmas decorations, along with coffee, tea, and chocolate. Our CRS Student Ambassadors help to educate the campus community on the importance of buying fair trade goods. In the words of Pope Benedict XVI, “Every economic decision has a moral consequence” (Caritas in veritate 37).