History

Convened in 2017 and co-chaired by Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI, vice president of Mission & Ministry, and Dr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo, provost, this council includes students, faculty and staff from throughout the University. In the wake of the death of Mr. George Floyd, we are continuing and expanding the work.

The Work of the Council

The Council works for social justice. This work is first and foremost a work of faith, a profoundly religious task.  It is Jesus who calls us to this mission, not any political or ideological agenda. 

To UIW, social justice is a way of life and not merely a value. Social justice is done when we honor the dignity of a person and we see that person as sacred and made in the image of God, which is the foundation of a moral vision for life.  

Beliefs We Have About Our Work

  • We practice inclusive participation ensuring the Council represents all levels and facets of the University. We do this because we acknowledge people have a right to participate in decisions that affect their lives, and a responsibility to contribute, to take advantage to participate in political process.  
  • We seek to make sure every person has a right to the basic material necessities that are required to live a decent life), economic justice, promotion of peace.  We know the goods of the earth are gifts. As stewards of the Earth we hold these gifts, including all people, in trust.  
  • We are firmly rooted in prayer and worship.
  • We seek Integrated and not isolated change. 
  • We recognize charity and social service are not enough and a crucial part of our work.  
  • We stand in solidarity with all in our community for a common good. When that common good is not being realized we seek out and care for the vulnerable.