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Nov. 6, 2014
Sisters of Charity NGO representative at the United Nations is 2014 Coady Chair in Social Justice at StFX University
Sister Caroljean (CJ) Willie engages with StFX students, Coady Institute participants and Antigonish community.
Antigonish, NS – Dr. Kent MacDonald, president of St. Francis Xavier University and Dr. John Gaventa, director of Coady International Institute have announced that Sister Caroljean (CJ) Willie of New Jersey, USA is the 2014 Coady Chair in Social Justice at StFX.
“Sister CJ’s renowned work as a writer, lecturer and social activist reflects the underlying values and principles of the Antigonish Movement,” says Dr. MacDonald.
Since 2007, Sr. CJ has represented the Sisters of Charity Federation at the United Nations. The Federation represents 3,400 members working in 27 countries. She has been on the StFX campus since October 23rd and returns to the United States on November 15th.
“We are extremely fortunate to be able to share her deep experience in social justice issues and multicultural diversity with our students and local community,” said Dr. Gaventa. “Sister CJ is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences, and has given presentations in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America.”
The Coady Chair in Social Justice at StFX honours the spirit of Rev. Dr. Moses Coady and the leaders of the Antigonish Movement. It is an annual award that brings exceptional thought leaders to campus to share their experience and expertise with the university and local communities.
The inaugural Chair in 2012 was awarded to Dr. Deborah Barndt of York University. The 2013 Chair was Rajagopal PV of India.
Coady International Institute at StFX has been educating development professionals from around the world since 1959. Through its unique community-based approach, the Institute equips citizen leaders to address global challenges and opportunities. Its network includes 6,500 graduates and partners working to improve the lives of citizens in more than 130 countries.
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