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Jesuit Social Research Institute receives Carnegie Corporation grant

September 19, 2008

The Jesuit Social Research Institute of Loyola University New Orleans was awarded a grant from the prestigious Carnegie Corporation of New York to advance social justice in New Orleans and beyond.

The $25,000 grant will be used to support a public conference by the JSRI in 2009: “People on the Move and the Common Good: Migration, Poverty and Racism – Converging Concerns for Our Future,” said JSRI Director Ted Arroyo, S.J., Ph.D.

“This grant furthers our work by providing the resources for a public conference focusing on the major social issues JSRI was founded to address: migration, racism and poverty,” Arroyo said. “This will be the second public conference JSRI will sponsor since our founding in August 2007, hopefully to be followed by many others.”

The JRSI offers research, social analysis, theological reflection and practical strategies for improving the social and economic conditions in the southern United States and in select parts of the Caribbean and Latin America. JRSI serves 10 southern and southwestern states in the U.S.

Loyola President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., said the Carnegie grant will help to enhance JSRI’s work in its established research and advocacy areas. JSRI is also sponsoring the President’s Forum on faithful citizenship in politics and elections, to be held in Loyola’s Nunemaker Hall at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1.

“I am delighted at this partnership with Carnegie and with the support for JSRI on these very important issues. The forum that JSRI is holding on our national elections, along with this conference, are examples of the contributions a Catholic university can make to important public issues,” Wildes said.

The Carnegie Corporation was created by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1911. According to the corporation, its national grant program “aims to contribute to a robust democracy fueled by increased educational opportunity, improved institutions of learning, increased civic participation, and immigrant integration.”

To learn more about the JSRI, see their webpage at www.loyno.edu/jsri or contact Fr. Ted Arroyo at earroyo@loyno.edu.

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