SXU students to learn about immigration advocacy in Washington, D.C.

Five Saint Xavier University students will learn firsthand about immigration advocacy from the Sisters of Mercy at the Justice Advocacy Program from May 20 to May 24 in Washington, D.C.

SXU students Haylie Cooper (Evergreen Park, junior), Joanna Gutierrez (Plainfield, senior), Jordan Hamrick (Lafayette, Ind., junior), Hillary Hardesty (Arlington, Va., junior), and Bianca Huerta (Chicago, junior) will join 40 other students and staff members from Sisters of Mercy-sponsored colleges and universities across the country to participate in this four-day justice immersion experience.

Through the lens of immigration issues, students will learn about: legislative and policy advocacy; lobbying and meeting with legislators; how to use social media tools to support justice issues; and Sisters of Mercy and other faith-based advocates’ work. Participants also will visit Casa de Maryland, a community-based immigrant center that provides support and advocacy for immigrants.

The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas is an international community of Roman Catholic women vowed to serve people who suffer from poverty, sickness and ignorance, with a special concern for women and children. The Sisters of Mercy promote systemic change by addressing both U.S. issues and global issues that impact the communities in which they minister in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, the Philippines and Guam. Committed to addressing the critical needs of the times, the Sisters of Mercy stand in solidarity with immigrants.