Alice Marie Giordano, OSU
Student Service Activities
Academy of Mount St. Ursula
Bronx, New York USA
Alice Marie Giordano, OSU began an association with the Working Group on Girls, an NGO associated with the UN. This permits her to bring students to the UN for many of the events that focus on the situation of women and girls throughout the world, In addition, Alice Marie is the Co-Coordinator of Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) for the Ursuline Eastern Province and worked closely with the Coalition of Religious Communities to Stop the Trafficking of Persons (CRC-STOP).
Sister Alice Marie has an MS in Religious Education from Fordham University, During her teaching career she taught at several Catholic elementary schools before joining the faculty at AMSU as a teacher of Math and Religion, While teaching in those two departments, she also served as Department Chair of each. She also served the school as Assistant Principal.
Michele Morek, OSU
New York, New York USA
Michele Morek, OSU came to her current position of Coalition Coordinator with UNANIMA after a 2011 internship. UNANIMA International is a coalition of 18 congregations of women religious, representing about 18,000 sisters in 79 countries, At the UN, they lobby for the interests of women and children (especially those living in poverty or victims of human trafficking), immigrants/refuges, and the environment (especially water and climate change). They also offer educational programs and generally work with the NGO community to affect policies involving human rights, peace and social justice. They bring to the UN the wisdom of their sisters "on the ground," educate members on events and activities at the UN and cultivate the formation of networks around the focus areas of UNANIMA.
Before becoming involved with UNANIMA, Sister Michele served fro 14 years in congregational leadership with her community, the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph Kentucky. She holds a PhD in Biology from the University of Notre Dame and worked for many years as a professor and administrator at the college/university level.
In addition to her work with UNANIMA, she serves as secretary on the executive committee for the NGO Committee on Social Development, and as a member of the following UN NGO-related groups: Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons, Subcommittee on the Eradication of Poverty, Committee on Migration, Working Group on Climate Change and Poverty, and on "anything that involve s the right to clean water."
Maureen Welch, OSU
Associate Director of the
Partnership for Global Justice
Academy of Mount St. Ursula
New Rochelle, New York USA
Maureen Welch, OSU, an Ursuline of the Eastern Province of the Roman Union serves as the Associate Director of the Partnership for Global Justice, a NGO organization associated with the United Nations, The Partnership is a network of religious congregations and other groups and individuals grounded in Gospel values. Its membership includes schools, colleges and individuals from the United States and beyond.
The Partnership advocates on behalf of its members with a special focus on women, children, sustainability and trafficking of persons. A unique focus is education outreach. Sister Maureen serves as coordinator of programs that develop an understanding of what it means to be a Global Citizen, through the lens of UN's agenda. Of interest to Ursuline schools is their three- day program for teachers and administrators of grade and high schools. The following issues are addressed during the program: trafficking, indigenous peoples, human rights, disarmament, migration, sustainable development, social development, poverty/homelessness.