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University connects local and global concerns

At Xavier University of Louisiana, working to build a more just and humane society is at the heart of our mission. Our CRS Student Ambassadors, who have received training in advocacy, coordinate advocacy visits to help students bring their concerns about issues such as migration to their elected officials.  Students also hone their advocacy skills by receiving important training at the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering as part of the Young Leaders Initiative. We see global issues as interconnected with local issues as we also seek justice for those who are marginalized and displaced locally—for example, those who are homeless, and immigrants. Our efforts are rooted in prayer. Our vigil for migrant workers, for example, was among the best attended events that our campus ministry has offered. We hope that our efforts together can help to cultivate a global vision of community, in which we stand alongside those nearest to us, and those farthest away.