Salve Regina's civic action plan seeks to strengthen the University's commitment to living out its Mercy mission and vision in increasingly tangible and measurable ways. The plan envisions a transformation of the institution by focusing on the critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy - earth, immigration, women, racism and nonviolence - as the basis for social action.
The plan follows a four-year cycle, with each year focused on one of the critical concerns and a baseline of nonviolence. This thematic approach allows for coordinated and unit-specific programs, opportunities to engage with multiple community partners and the assurance that each student cohort will encounter Salve Regina's mission in action. It positions the University, a community of learners and teachers, as a site for building relationships of trust and mutual respect that enable purposeful action with our partners for the common good.
A campus-wide community and civic engagement steering committee is providing overall guidance and monitoring of the plan's implementation. Full implementation is tied to the four-year critical concerns cycle:
- Year one (2017-2018): Race
- Year two (2018-2019): Earth
- Year three (2019-2020): Women
- Year four (2020-2021): Immigration
- All four years: Nonviolence
The plan is anchored by signature programs that embed civic engagement and community learning into academic and campus life. These programs are designed to develop awareness of the responsibilities of citizenship and stewardship of the earth and change-oriented strategies that transform individuals, the institution and the larger community.