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Dominican Sisters Take Pride in CD16

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A conversation with Sr. Margaret Diener, O.P., Sr. Raya Hanlon, O.P., and Sr. Maureen McInerney, O.P.

DU: What do you think about CD16?

Sisters: We are so proud of the University for initiating CD16. As alumnae and members of the university’s founding congregation, we celebrate this active engagement of students in preparing themselves to be fully informed voters. The university’s effort represents the best of academic freedom and democracy at work.

“A healthy democracy rests on such intelligent and well-informed debate.”

DU: How does CD16 connect to Dominican’s mission/history?

Sisters: CD16 is a dynamic engagement of Dominican’s students with students across the nation and represents a modeling for current students of constructive civil involvement. A healthy democracy rests on such intelligent and well-informed debate.  The tradition of such engagement touches back into the roots of the university when students involved themselves in the collegiate level of Model United Nations, as well as in the challenging debates around such events as the Vietnam War. The level of general faculty and staff support and involvement in CD16 reaches new levels and dramatically witnesses to President Marcy’s goals for Dominican students today. Her dedication to students understanding from their earliest moments at Dominican that quality education leads to active and intelligent involvement in both one’s local community and in the larger national and international concerns reminds us of our Dominican heritage to share the fruits of our study and reflection!

DU:How does CD16 connect to the Dominican Sisters’ mission/history?

Sisters: As Dominican Sisters we are committed to exploring Truth wherever it may be found. Veritas – truth – is a deep value that informs both our longstanding commitment to and manner of providing education to students from pre-kindergarten to university graduates. The search for truth involves study, research, dialogue, reflection and a commitment to the common good. Deep in our Dominican heritage, these are the very values that sustain the university and its approach to the educational enterprise today.

“As alums, we care about CD16 as our future rests with this next generation of citizens. They represent our sons and daughters, our nieces and nephews, those who will make decisions related to our very hopes and dreams.”

DU:What issue is most important to you this political season?

Sisters: It is difficult to suggest “one” issue that is most important. As Dominican Sisters, we are deeply concerned about issues of immigration, human trafficking, and climate change as well as affordable access to education and housing. And while several of these are domestically focused, our efforts toward a balanced foreign policy that works toward peace and limiting militarization are crucial to our future.

DU:Why should alumni care about CD16?

Sisters: We are grateful for the commitment of the university and those leading CD16 for demonstrating such a positive response in the midst of this most challenging presidential season. As alums, we care about CD16 as our future rests with this next generation of citizens. They represent our sons and daughters, our nieces and nephews, those who will make decisions related to our very hopes and dreams.

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Posted September 8th, 2016 | Debate 2016 | Events | General