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Dominican receives St. John Paul II Award for support of Hispanic students

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dominican University received the St. John Paul II Award from the Archdiocese of Chicago during its annual Noche de Gala banquet on November 10. The award recognizes the university’s long-term support of Hispanic and undocumented students. 

Founded in 1901 and established in 1922 in River Forest, Dominican University has a long history of serving the first-generation-to-college children of immigrants. The university’s current student population is 40 percent Latino; the 2017-2018 freshman class is 59 percent Latino and many are undocumented. In keeping with its Catholic heritage and focus on social justice, Dominican declared itself a sanctuary campus last year and President Donna M. Carroll has gained national recognition for her advocacy of undocumented students and immigration reform. 

Through a privately funded scholarship program, Dominican provides financial support and resources for qualified undocumented students to compensate for the federal and state funding for which they are not eligible. The university is dedicated to the success of all students and also provides resources for other marginalized student populations. 

Dominican’s Ministry en lo Cotidiano program develops future lay leaders through paid internships with Latino parishes and faith-based nonprofits in Chicago’s Southwest side and near west suburbs.