Mount Mercy students visit D.C. to learn advocacy first hand

Mercy Justice trip to DCStudents and staff from nine Sisters of Mercy-sponsored colleges and universities across the United States, including Mount Mercy, converged in Washington, D.C. May 20-24 to learn first-hand about advocacy from the Sisters of Mercy.

Students and staff throughout the Mercy institutions, including senior religious studies major Anne Jewell and senior nursing major Kylie Jo Secoy from Mount Mercy, participated in this four-day D.C. justice immersion experience hosted by the Sisters of Mercy. Through the lens of immigration issues, students learned about legislative and policy advocacy; lobbying and meeting with legislators; how to use social media tools to support justice issues; and Sisters of Mercy and other faith-based advocates’ work. In addition, participants visited Casa de Maryland, a community based immigrant center that provides support and advocacy for immigrants.

“We saw this as an opportunity for continued contact with other Mercy Higher institutions, this time on a student level,” says Director of Campus Ministry Bill Mulcahey.

“We had the opportunity to talk with senator Grassley about the green act, it was an awesome experience!” says Secoy.

The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas is an international community of Roman Catholic women vowed to serve people who suffer from poverty, sickness and ignorance, with a special concern for women and children. The Sisters of Mercy promote systemic change by addressing both U.S. issues and global issues that impact the communities in which they minister in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, the Philippines and Guam. Committed to addressing the critical needs of the times, the Sisters of Mercy stand in solidarity with immigrants.

Mercy colleges and universities participating in this advocacy program co-sponsored by the Conference of Mercy Higher Education are University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, MI; Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ; Gwynedd-Mercy in Gwynedd Valley, PA; Misericordia University in Dallas, PA; Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, PA; Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA; Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, CT; Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, ME; and Saint Xavier in Chicago, IL.

Follow the conversations of the participating institutions by following the Twitter hashtag #mercyjustice. 

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