In recent years, two Jesuit schools have been established in Myanmar and Thailand to offer higher learning to minority students belonging to diverse ethnic, linguistic and religious groups. These schools are located in areas that are challenged by poverty, income disparity, inter-ethnic coexistence and lack of educational access, the key issues of sustainable development addressed by Jesuit education. Sophia University recently began collaborating with these two institutions to tackle these issues.
Archive for Higher Education
The Earth Hour Breakfast is a yearly event held by St. Ignatius College, Riverview aimed at bringing communities together to inspire action beyond Earth Hour through talks, presentations, and engaging activities.
Saint Joseph’s University joined 650 academic institutions from over 85 countries as a signatory member of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative. Launched at the 2007 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva, PRME is the largest organized relationship between the United Nations and business schools. Core to the initiative’s mission is a commitment to fulfilling the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through high impact management education. In collaboration with PRME, the Erivan K. Haub School of Business has piloted a new data analytics tool to capture, measure, and report on schools’ performance on fulfilling the SDGs — the PRME SDG Dashboard.
The Student Assembly of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College passed a resolution calling upon the University to divest from existing funds in fossil fuel companies within the next five years. It also requests BC to immediately freeze any new or future investment in fossil fuel companies.
Environmental Justice and the Common Good
The 2016-2018 Bannan Institute: Is There A Common Good in Our Common Home? A Summons to Solidarity will explore pressing issues of racial and ethnic justice, economic justice, gender justice, and environmental justice facing our world today, and advance the Jesuit, Catholic vocation of SCU, building a more humane, just, and sustainable world.
In my current course, Sustainability and Education, we had to start by watching a lecture by Jason Hamilton, who is a professor at Ithaca College. “Meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” is too simple a definition for sustainability. We have to define what is being sustained and how long do we sustain it for. Sustainability means more than just environmentalism, which is how it is usually referenced. Everything that we need to survive does not just depend on the natural environment.