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Rays of Hope and Justice

Catholic organizations have always delivered transformative support to University programs and scholarships — and this year was no exception.

Brother Ray and students

Building on Legacies to Combat Social Injustices

The Marianist Province of the United States’s gift of $1.5 million elevated the Father William J. Ferree Professor of Social Justice into an endowed chair. The chair’s namesake, Father Ferree, pioneered social justice research.

Current Ferree Professor Brother Raymond Fitz, S.M., describes the research with an example: “When the federal government looks at reducing housing options for the poor or cutting food stamps, scholars have to research whether those measures are going to help solve issues of social injustice or aggravate them.”

Brother Ray has built upon Ferree’s work, conducting research, establishing community partnerships through the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, and engaging students in social justice issues. He plans to transition out of the position in 2019, after the new Ferree Chair has been appointed, but knows that his legacy — and Ferree’s — will be in good hands.

Thanks to the province, the new chair can fully integrate social justice leadership into our curriculum and bring in formidable partners for research and action — propelling the University to lead in community-based social justice education and research.

Lindsey Bronder, Sisters of the Precious Blood Scholarship recipient

Lindsey Bronder, Sisters of the Precious Blood Scholarship recipient

Lindsey Bronder, Sisters of the Precious Blood Scholarship recipient

Lindsey Bronder, Sisters of the Precious Blood Scholarship recipient

Helping Students Answer Their Calling

Sisters of the Precious Blood Scholarship recipient Lindsey Bronder ’20 is called to teach students with obstacles to success — students like a fifth grader she recently tutored through UD’s El Puente club.

“He was trying to multiply fractions and was struggling. He felt despondent, like he just couldn’t learn math. After working with him, I realized that he didn’t even know what fractions are. It’s not that he couldn’t learn math … there was just a critical gap in his knowledge,” she said.

Bronder noted that many immigrant students move frequently, creating skill gaps because of varying educational standards across the U.S. “Knowing that students could fall through the cracks through no fault of their own makes me sad, but it also inspires me to continue down my path toward teaching.”

Given traditional teacher salaries, Bronder had concerns about college debt, but she found breathing room thanks to the Sisters of the Precious Blood Scholarship. “It’s like a sign from God that I’m on the right path,” said Bronder.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Servant Leaders

Julianne Evans ’19 was greatly inspired by her Leadership in Building Communities class.

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Opening Paths to Lives of Service

The Sisters of the Precious Blood Scholarship provides an avenue for the next generation of servant leaders to engage in their own ministry.

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Annual Giving

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