FranU’s Campus Ministry made a gift of $1,200 and donated items for children and women at the Capital Area Family Justice Center on April 23.
Campus Ministry's two student organizations, Franciscan Student Fellowship and Catholic Student Association, adopt a global/local issue each year that impacts the community. Campus Ministry seeks to advocate and bring awareness to issues by campaigning each year to raise funds, offer engagement and host informative events.
“Our global/local issue campaign this academic year has been promoting awareness, funding, and advocacy for victims of Domestic Violence. When Campus Ministry chose this issue, we had not idea that due to COVID, there would be an increase in cases throughout the world, exceeding tremendously in the Baton Rouge area,” said Tammy Vidrine, campus minister.
During campus events, students raised funding for the Capital Area Family Justice Center, which houses all the service for victims and collected baby items and basic women's items for victims who flee with only the clothes on their backs.
The dialogue of the issue kicked off at Finding Common Ground, an annual fall collaborative event with Service-Learning. District Attorney Hillar Moore and Assistant DA Melanie Fields spoke about the increase of cases in the Baton Rouge area and how to recognize victims and assaulters. Dr. Valerie Schulter, Director of Quality Enhancement Plan for FRANU, provided the Catholic Social Teaching on Human Dignity. At Agape, a spring event, the dialogue continued and offered a first-hand story from a victim, while also promoting how to advocate for change and awareness.
Student Leaders who helped with the project were Grace Turner, FSF President; Caroline Broussard, FSF Vice President, Elizabeth Winter, FSF Secretary; Claire White, CSA President; and Danielle McNamara, CSA Secretary.