Welcome Spring Advocacy INTERNS and CVUSA Volunteer

January 25, 2013

The new group of Advocacy Interns and CVUSA volunteer for the 2013 Spring semester have begun their work.  Advocacy Interns and CVUSA volunteers share in the Columban JPIC Ministry of advocating for social justice and learning about the legislative process with Catholic Social Teaching and faith as their guides.  Please join us is welcoming…..

Name: Damien Delgado – Advocacy Intern

Hometown: Blooming Grove, NY

School/Major: The State University of NY (SUNY) / History and Political Science

Assigned Issue/Country Concentration: Environmental Justice/Chile, Fiji, Philippines, Britain

Most look forward to: The opportunity to lay down the foundation of my future, and take my first steps upon it.

Name: Bertrand Mpigabahizi – Advocacy Intern

Hometown: Butare, Rwanda

School/Major: George Washington University/ International Affairs Conflict Resolution and Security Policy concentration and minor in Arabic

Assigned Issue/Country Concentration: Peace and Conflict Resolution/China, Pakistan, Japan

Most look forward to: Expanding my knowledge on a range of different internationally relevant topics, from immigration or conflict management, through research and dialogue.

Name: Teresa Vyhanek – Advocacy Intern

Hometown: New Hope, MN

School/Major: The Catholic University of America/ International Studies with Spanish concentration

Assigned Issue/Country Concentration: Migration and Human Trafficking / U.S., Burma, Ireland, Taiwan

Most look forward to: Advocating for better foreign policy by analyzing current policy through the lens of faith.

Name: Deanna Wolf – CVUSA Volunteer

Hometown: San Diego, CA

School/Major: University of San Diego/ Education with Spanish Language and Culture concentration

Assigned Issue/Country Concentration: Economic Justice/Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Peru

Most look forward to: Expanding my worldview to encompass the wisdom offered by others for a broader, more sensitive understanding of the many realities that make up our world.

The Columban Center for Advocacy & Outreach (CCAO) offers part-time Spring and Fall semester internships and full-time summer internships in Washington, D.C.  To learn more about this and other programs the CCAO offers, please visit www.columban.org/get-involved or call 301-565-4547.

Upcoming Events

This year’s Ecumenical Advocacy Days (April 5-8) will focus on Food Justice, an important issue for Columbans.  From the Farm Bill to GMO labeling from the fair treatment of workers to biofuels, Columbans call for more justice in food systems to ensure people’s rights to quality nutritious, and culturally appropriate food while at the same time ensuring the health and wellness of Creation.   We are pleased to have Columban Fr. Bill Morton and Fr. Sean McDonagh join us as speakers throughout the conference weekend.  For more information about the conference visit: www.advocacydays.org.  If you’re in D.C., please come and join us.