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38th Annual Social Justice Week at Benedictine College

Social Justice Week at Benedictine College will focus attention on important social issues in Atchison, the United States and around the world. The annual event, now in its 38th year, offers student groups like the Benedictine College Hunger Coalition, the Black Student Union, Sociology Club, Ravens Respect Life, Ravens CARE, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, CRS University and others a chance to gain awareness on campus and in the community. Events run throughout the week of February 19, 2024.

Presentations on food insecurity, the Pro-Life Movement, transgenderism and caring for the homeless, among others, will take place throughout the week. Programs and presentations are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. The week began on Sunday, Feb. 18, with Masses in the Abbey Church incorporating the theme of social justice in the homily and petitions. The complete schedule is available online here.

Here is the week’s schedule:

Monday, Feb. 19 – Social Justice Week: Unplanned showing

Watch Unplanned, the true story of Abby Johnson, one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation. She believed she was helping women…until the day she saw something that changed everything. Sponsored by Ravens Respect Life and Students for Life of America.
Monday, 2/19 | 7:00 p.m. | O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium, St. JP II Student Center

Tuesday, Feb. 20 – Social Justice Week: Empty Bowls

Handmade bowls, made by ceramics students and faculty, filled with soup. $12 minimum donation for a bowl and soup. Proceeds benefit local food pantries. Food provided by Benedictine Dining Services brought to you by Aladdin. Event sponsored by Benedictine College Department of Art and Design.
Tuesday, 2/20 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Raven Roost, Haverty Center

Wednesday, Feb. 21 – Social Justice Week: “How Can Catholic Social Teaching Respond to the Transgender Question? Why ‘Speaking the Truth in Love’ Today is Both Arduous and Imperative”

Lucia Luzondo, attorney, practical theologian, television and radio host, and co-founder of Family Renewal Ministries, Inc., will talk about how transgenderism is affecting our society and why upholding another’s dignity necessitates us learning and speaking the truth. Discussion is welcome. Sponsored by Sociology Club.
Wednesday, 2/21 | 7:00 p.m. | McAllister Board Room, Ferrell Academic Center

Thursday, Feb. 22 – Social Justice Week: “Grassroots Solidarity with the Homeless of Kansas”

Former President of Uplift Organization, Kathy Dean, and longtime Uplift volunteers, Jim and Jennifer Schmidt, will speak about their experiences with Uplift and how they have led to other outreach to homeless persons in Kansas City. Sponsored by Hunger Coalition.
Thursday, 2/22 | 7:00 p.m. | Murphy-McPhee Auditorium, Westerman Hall

Saturday, Feb. 24 – Social Justice Week: Sleep in Heavenly Peace Bunk Bed Build Day

Help convert raw lumber into beds for kids who are sleeping on the floor. No experience necessary. Sign up here. Sponsored by Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
Saturday, 2/24 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Westerman Hall, Room 118

Saturday, Feb. 24 – Social Justice Week: Brown v. Board of Education Museum

Take a trip to Topeka’s Brown v. Board of Education museum. Explore the impact this tremendous court case had on our country. A 30-minute talk will be presented at the museum. Carpooling will be available. Sign up here or email wood2856@ravens.benedictine.edu. Sponsored by Education Club and Black Student Union.
Saturday, 2/24 | 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Meet in Haverty Circle for carpool to Topeka, Kansas


Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is honored to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. Benedictine College is dedicated to transforming culture in America through its mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.