Mount Mary University students share SSND commitment on women’s issues

The SSND delegation at the U.N. CSW includes (clockwise from front left) Brenae Clarke, Sheila Suda, Michelle Hawkins, Sydnee Milis, Catherine Haight, Zecilia Alamillo-Roman, Adrianna Coronado, Julie Tatlock, Sister Eileen Reilly and Maria Perea.

March 14, 2016

Immersion into social justice issues

With an array of seminars and programming addressing women’s equality issues related to migration, climate, education, health care and more, the members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame delegation attending the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) are immersing themselves in social justice concerns that will influence and shape their future commitment to advocacy.

The eight students from SSND-sponsored Mount Mary University in Milwaukee are attending with the SSND delegation as a final requirement for their fall semester class on the United Nations, said Julie Tatlock, humanities professor at Mount Mary.

Engaging with the world

“I want the students to be confident about engaging with the world on social justice issues,” Ms. Tatlock said. “Social justice is in the Mount Mary mission. I want them to be comfortable with navigating an international conference, be confident with the elevated level of discourse and be exposed to that kind of world.”

Their classroom preparation also included a guest lecture from Sister Joan Penzenstadler, SSND, who spoke about how the sisters have engaged in social justice issues throughout the years and how their mission has been carried out in the past and in the present.

When the students return to Milwaukee, they will be sharing their experiences with the Mount Mary University community, including presentations for honors students, as well as at the Humanities, Social Science and Education Conference.