Launched by scholar and author Karen Armstrong, the movement is a way for people of all faiths and creeds to unite for a truly humane society. By joining other universities and communities as part of the Charter for Compassion, USJ demonstrates its commitment to being a caring and inclusive community. Through compassionate thought and action the University upholds its Mercy mission with a willingness to engage in critical conversations and to respond to the urgent needs of society.
“We therefore call upon all men and women to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion; to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate; to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures; to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity; to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings—even those regarded as enemies.”
— The Charter for Compassion
As we begin a new semester, and look forward to celebrating the life and work of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. , I would like to encourage all of us to renew our commitment to compassionate action.
Pastor Bernice King was the youngest daughter of Reverend Dr. King and his wife, Coretta Scott King. She was five years old when her father was assassinated.
On Jan. 15, 2018, she invited everyone to continue her father’s legacy by performing a daily act of kindness every day between today and April 4, the 50th anniversary of her father’s murder. She specifically asked that people perform acts of kindness or service towards people of a different race than one’s own.
We would like to compile a list of the campus-wide actions! Let us know what you have done! You can email Professor Nancy Billias ([email protected]) with photos, if possible.
In the meantime, please enjoy this beautiful musical expression of Dr. King’s life and work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crKDDS5D_os&sns=em
~ Nancy Billias, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
When you practice mindfulness, you benefit both yourself and those around you. Drop-in Mindfulness Meditation takes place on campus each week on Tuesdays and Fridays, noon-12:30 p.m., in Lynch 122. For more infomation, contact Dr. Nancy Billias at [email protected] or Dr. Agnes Curry at [email protected]. Or just drop by.
Reading Time: 1 minute On April 17, 2019, the Connecticut Immigrant and Refugee Coalition (CIRC) held their 22ndAnnual Connecticut Immigrant Day at the state capitol. This ceremony recognized 19 immigrants living in the state of Connecticut who have made significant contributions to the state and nation, including the University of Saint Joseph’s (USJ) Campus Ministry Music Coordinator Ezequiel Menéndez.
Reading Time: 1 minute On Wednesday, June 10, 2019, Gengras Center transition coordinators/vocational teachers Kathleen Walsh and Caroline Wilson were recognized as Advocates of the Year by Harc, an organization that provides special needs support to individuals with intellectual and related disabilities and their families. The Advocate of the Year award recognizes outstanding achievements in the area of individual
Reading Time: 2 minutes The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) is a staple on the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) campus. Throughout the 2018-2019 academic year, the CAE staff and its peer tutors moved beyond the Center’s walls: first, by enlisting the USJ community to help reunite a military service dog with his veteran handler, and then by presenting
Reading Time: 1 minute On Thursday, June 6, 2019, the Connecticut School Counselor Association (CSCA) visited the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) to host an all-day workshop called, “Social Emotional Learning through Yoga and Mindfulness.” Participants discussed how integrating the use of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) can be beneficial for students in the classroom. “CSCA
Reading Time: 1 minute The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) will welcome Amanda Devitt as the new athletic director. Devitt, who will serve as the first female athletic director at USJ, was most recently the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Services and Success at the University of Hartford. “I am extremely excited to be the next Athletic Director
Reading Time: 1 minute On May 10, 2019, Hartford’s AXA XL office – a multinational insurance firm – volunteered at the University of Saint Joseph’s Gengras Center for their annual Global Day of Giving. This year, the volunteers worked outside the Gengras Center to clean up the playground and surrounding areas from the winter. From removing weeds to filling
Reading Time: 2 minutes On Monday, May 6, 2019, the University of Saint Joseph’s department of Education– part of the School of Arts, Sciences, Business, and Education– held its annual Graduate Awards Ceremony. Gathering in the Crystal Room, students and their families enjoyed an evening of celebration, reflecting on their hard work and achievements from this academic year. Daniel
Reading Time: 2 minutes On Monday, May 13, 2019, the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) held its 84th commencement ceremony at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. Family and friends gathered in the audience as the University awarded 235 bachelor’s degrees, 500 master’s degrees, and more than 80 doctoral degrees. Among the graduates this year was the inaugural class