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St. John's CRS Global Campus

Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D., and Carolyn Y. Woo, Ph.D., President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), sign a Memorandum of Understanding on November 28, 2016 as St. John’s becomes the tenth CRS Global Campus in the nation.

Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the US, assists the poor and responds to major emergencies, fights disease, and nurtures peaceful and just societies in 101 countries around the world. St. John’s University and CRS have partnered in formal and informal ways for nearly 10 years. CRS recognizes the critical role Catholic universities play as leaders in shaping the national discourse and raising awareness about issues of social justice with a view to effecting change. St. John’s has collaborated through faculty partnerships and the CRS Faculty Learning Commons (FLC) program, as well as CRS Student Ambassador activities. The Offices of the Provost and University Mission recently appointed an interdisciplinary CRS Global Campus committee of faculty, administrators, and students that will guide the St. John’s CRS partnership to support university-wide engagement.

Rooted in our mission as a Catholic, Vincentian, Metropolitan, and Global University, St. John’s relationship with CRS allows us to join them in serving those most in need through education, prayer, giving, and action. Our institutions walk together in faith and solidarity toward our shared vision of serving our poorest brothers and sisters throughout the world.

To learn more about what it means to be a CRS Global campus, visit