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. We also build pollinator hotels, which provide ideal nesting grounds for local bee species.
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.
Aided by a grant award from the Catholic Climate Covenant, the Center for Humane Studies led Madonna Community in celebrations of Laudato Si. The events and activities included and expert lecture on climate change, display of student-created posters and ceramic art work celebrating endangered animal and plant species, an Earth Day Mass, as well as planting trees and native plants on campus.
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.