The mission of the Center for Humane Studies is to contribute to the development of the cutting-edge field of Humane Studies linking social justice, environmental conservation, and animal protection through infusing the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, Felician Core Value of Transformation, and Madonna University’s focus on education for service. As a Madonna student, you will be able to participate in and create various projects to benefit people and animals in need, as well as to protect the environment.
As bees are dying off in record numbers around the globe and native plants supporting local pollinators are being replaced by lawns or invasive species, we are facing a crisis of plant-based food production. This global problem is best addressed by local solutions and that is why in spring we plant native plants on Madonna campus.
Deforestation is one of the major contributors to climate change. To do our part to offset the loss of forests around the globe, we are in the process of identifying grants that would allow us plant trees on our campus. While our efforts will not replace rain forests burned for grazing or growing monocrops, they are a step toward the right direction, reflecting our Franciscan values.
This fall and winter, undergraduate and graduate Madonna students are able to compete
for the Franciscan Humane Vision Award. Please read below the call for submissions:
Center for Humane Studies 2019-2020 Writing Contest
The Center for Humane Studies announces a writing contest for essays on any topic linking social justice, environmental conservation, and animal protection. Examples of topic areas are, as follows: green justice, clean water rights, human-animal bond, threats to environment and wildlife protection, economic impact of GMO’s, dark sky initiative, decline of songbird and insect populations, PFAS contamination/leaching, impact of agribusiness on labor force, environment, and animal welfare. The above list of topics is by no means exhaustive and other topics will be considered, as long as they link together at least two out of the three areas of humane studies’ inquiry: social justice, environment, and animals.
The essays can be entered into one of the two categories: undergraduate and graduate. The winners in each category will receive a $50 gift for Madonna bookstore and will be recognized at the Nolans’ Award ceremony in May 2020.
To enter the contest, an essay needs to be written and submitted as an assignment in Fall 2019 or Winter 2020 course and nominated by the student’s instructor for that course no later than by April 6, 2020.
Minimal undergraduate essay criteria:
Minimal graduate essay criteria:
Essays will be judged by the members of the Advisory Council for the Center for Humane Studies. Decisions of the judges are final. The selected essays will be announced on or before April 20, 2020.
Ownership and Use
The ownership of any submission remains the property of the writer, but entry into the competition constitutes the entrant's permission and consent, without compensation, with or without attribution, for Madonna University and HUS to use, reproduce, transmit, post, distribute, adapt, edit, and/or display the submission.
If interested, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
In the past, our Center built a partnership with All Saints Soup Kitchen and Pantry located in Detroit’s Mexicantown. As a result, in collaboration with Madonna University Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, we organized a group of volunteers to build two raised-bed urban gardens on the grounds of All Saints Parish, which then was being maintained by one of our student employees and parish members. The garden crops went directly to All Saints Soup Kitchen and Pantry.
Building the garden was a lot of fun, please see the video below.
HEART (Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers) Humane education resources for all learners.
Roots and Shoots. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) global youth-led community action program, comprised of thousands of young people inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall to make the world a better place.