Global Education Conference Newsletter, April, 2014

UES Global 
April Newsletter, 2014



Dear Ursuline Educator,


The count down to the beginning of the first Global Education Conference sponsored by Ursuline Educational Services is at 10 weeks.  These days will move pass quickly for us as we iron out all the details that are involved in planning the conference and just as quickly for the participants who are taking care of the details involved with actually traveling to New York,


In this newsletter we are pleased to introduce three Ursuline Sisters who will be with us Tuesdayafternoon, June 17, to share with us their work at the United Nations.  Although they work in the United States, their work has global impact. We will learn from the experiences they share with us, and be inspired by the work they do to improve the lives of so many, especially women and children.


If you have any questions about the conference, please do not hesitate in contacting me or the members of the Planning Committee.  We look forward to greeting you very soon.




Judith Wimberg
Director, Ursuline Educational Services
For the Planning Committee



The  Planning Committee
Madonna O'Hara, OSU
Cathie Field Lloyd
Eileen Davidson   
Joanne Kelly        
Mimi Bishop        
Cecilia Nipp         
Rosann Whiting   

Alice Marie Giordano, OSU
Co-Coordinator of 
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
Coalition Coordinator
UNANIMA International
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. 

Judith A. Wimberg

Director, UES
2330 Victory Parkway, Suite 800
Cincinnati, OH  45206