Dominican University received the Moral Courage Award on February 22 from Faith in Public Life, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the voices of progressive faith leaders in the public square.
Dominican was honored for its pioneering leadership and support for the rights of undocumented students to receive a higher education. The awards program was part of a student summit on immigration reform which was held at Loyola University and included students from Catholic universities including Dominican, DePaul, Loyola, Marquette and Notre Dame.
Dominican University was honored for its support, in keeping with Catholic social teaching, of immigration reform. In a letter to Dominican University President Donna M. Carroll, Myles Duffy, vice president of Faith in Public Life, credited Dominican with showing that Catholic social teaching means welcoming the stranger among us, and praised the university for serving as a role model for other universities.
Dominican University has received national recognition for its support of undocumented students and, under Dr. Carroll’s leadership, the university has provided over $2.6 million in merit aid and private funding for tuition scholarships for qualified undocumented youth.