CRS Student Ambassadors Program


The University of Notre Dame and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) have worked together for nearly two decades, a natural partnership considering each organization’s strong commitment to integral human development. Since its earliest days, the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIG) has also cultivated a strong partnership with CRS. NDIGD has worked with CRS on countless global development projects, and since 2012 has brought representatives from CRS together with faculty, staff, and administrators at Notre Dame at biannual information sharing sessions to discuss the progress of current collaborations and generate ideas for future opportunities.

In 2018, NDIGD took its partnership with CRS to greater heights by becoming the official home of CRS' Student Ambassadors Program at Notre Dame. Through the CRS Student Ambassadors Program, Notre Dame students learn to mobilize their peers and bring to life the mission of global solidarity on campus. The Notre Dame chapter is connected to dozens of other chapters at other colleges and universities nationwide, and connects with these chapters and CRS in order to build a national movement for social change that is committed to advancing global justice, peace, and human dignity


About the Chapter at Notre Dame

The CRS Student Ambassadors chapter at Notre Dame engages the campus community to act on global emergencies and injustices. Ambassadors organize awareness campaigns, prayer services, candlelight vigils, faith-sharing groups, legislative advocacy, and fundraising campaigns for global emergencies as well as participate in CRS programs such as CRS Rice Bowl, CRS Fair Trade and CRS Helping Hands. National and regional conferences and trainings are held each year to bring chapters together and form a national community of students committed to advancing global justice, peace and human dignity.

Among other things, CRS Student Ambassadors at Notre Dame:

  • Learn about global poverty and injustice in order to educate their peers.
  • Develop leadership skills in order to mobilize the campus community to respond to global emergencies and injustice.
  • Connect faith to action in order to cultivate global discipleship.
  • Tap into CRS’ work and resources in order to gain tools to transform campus and the world.

To learn more about getting involved with the CRS Student Ambassadors chapter at Notre Dame, please contact Kate Sescleifer. Follow the national program on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram through the handle @CRSUniversity, and learn more at university.crs.org.