Welcoming the Stranger: CPGC and HIAS
In partnership with HIAS and other organizations around the country, students learn through working with people dedicating their lives to peacemaking, welcoming strangers, and building inclusive community.
For more than 130 years, HIAS has welcomed the stranger and protected the refugee. At the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC), we have been honored to support student summer internships and post-baccalaureate fellowships with HIAS. Our students learn through working with people dedicating their lives to peacemaking, welcoming strangers, and building inclusive community. Just last week, we had the opportunity to interview Ben Van Son '13 about his HIAS fellowship through Haverford House:
The CPGC is mission-committed to advancing peace, social justice, and global citizenship. We have funded student internships with the Anti-Defamation League, Facing History and Ourselves, and many other organizations. This past summer, students and alumni:
- Welcomed refugees through HIAS
- Amplified unheard voices through Voice of Witness
- Volunteered, interned, and worked to advance the inclusive mission of Puentes de Salud
Students also worked with other organizations that center on the dignity of every person. We depend on students to mobilize these funds through applied ethical action, with Fellowships for Peace and Global Citizenship.
We are grateful to the community activists and leaders who advance this work continuously. Our mission guides us to be relentless in our efforts to support peace, social justice, and global citizenship - and that is made possible only through exemplary partner organizations such as HIAS.
In this and many moments, The Talmud offers wisdom:
Do not be daunted, by the enormity of the world's grief.
Do justly, now.
Love mercy, now.
Walk humbly, now.
You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.