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.
In spring and summer 2019, we plan to develop a vegetable garden at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Detroit that serves the homeless in the area. The vegetables grown there will go directly to St. Peter's kitchen.
In winter 2019, undergraduate and graduate Madonna students will be able to compete for the first time for the Franciscan Humane Vision Award.
Partnership with All Saints Soup Kitchen
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.
Story of Stuff, a grass-root worldwide organization dedicated to sustainability.