Title of Presentation

Laudato Si and UD: Opportunities for An Integrated Action Response to the Cry of the Earth & the Cry of the Poor

About the Presenter(s)

Leah J. Ceperley, Sustainability Planning and Evaluation Manager, Facilities Management; Sara J. Harrison, Executive Director, Procurement and Payable Services, Finance and Administrative Services; Kelly S. Johnson, Father William J. Ferree, S.M., Chair of Social Justice, Department of Religious Studies; Vincent J. Miller, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture, Department of Religious Studies; Tiffany R. Taylor Smith, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion; Tony N. Talbott, Director of Advocacy, Human Rights Center

Start Date

6-1-2022 12:00 PM

Abstract/Description

In May 2021, the Vatican announced a Laudato Si Action Platform (LSAP) seven-year process, calling universities and six other sectors to action on seven Laudato si (LS) goals that integrate the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the LS encyclical. UD was invited to join the International Universities Network working team. The call to urgent action is to avert the interconnected human and environmental degradation of global warming. Continuing the conversation started in the 2016 campus conference Laudato Si': Everything is Connected and the 2021 Romero Award focus on environmental justice, this session explores how the LSAP highlights the intersections of sustainability and diversity/equity/inclusion (DEI).

We will give an overview the LSAP and University of Dayton’s role; share examples of the global connections that the LSAP facilitates for UD faculty, staff, and students; and demonstrate applications of the LSAP, particularly in enhancing student learning and engagement in finding integrated solutions.

Goals for Attendees

Our overall goal is to connect sustainability and diversity, equity, and inclusivity goals through the lens of Laudato Si: 1. Understand how Laudato Si calls for jointly listening to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor and vulnerable in finding climate justice solutions. 2. Make connections between the many DEI/sustainability initiatives on campus and how we can achieve mutual goals. 3. Experience an interactive dialogue where we explore and express opportunities and challenges of the seven-year LSAP process for UD.

Comments

This is a time-appropriate session, as the Laudato Si Action Platform website fully launched Nov. 14, 2021, into a year of planning goals for the subsequent five years. Concurrently, the University action plans for DEI are being developed. We want to broaden awareness and engagement in the campus community and share how the LSAP is an opportunity to deepen in understanding our Catholic and Marianist identity and application to this critical, integrated need of our time.

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Jan 6th, 12:00 PM

Laudato Si and UD: Opportunities for An Integrated Action Response to the Cry of the Earth & the Cry of the Poor

In May 2021, the Vatican announced a Laudato Si Action Platform (LSAP) seven-year process, calling universities and six other sectors to action on seven Laudato si (LS) goals that integrate the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the LS encyclical. UD was invited to join the International Universities Network working team. The call to urgent action is to avert the interconnected human and environmental degradation of global warming. Continuing the conversation started in the 2016 campus conference Laudato Si': Everything is Connected and the 2021 Romero Award focus on environmental justice, this session explores how the LSAP highlights the intersections of sustainability and diversity/equity/inclusion (DEI).

We will give an overview the LSAP and University of Dayton’s role; share examples of the global connections that the LSAP facilitates for UD faculty, staff, and students; and demonstrate applications of the LSAP, particularly in enhancing student learning and engagement in finding integrated solutions.