Students Promote Water Justice With Water Awareness Week

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (April 18, 2012) – Every day, many college students take for granted the fact that their water is clean, regulated and available. For more than a billion of the Earth's inhabitants, however, there is no guarantee of access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. Saint Joseph's students have initiated a week of programming to bring attention to this important global issue. Water Awareness Week 2012 will take place on Saint Joseph's campus from April 16 – 20 and will offer college students practical steps they can take to influence change around this issue.

"We as young adults are the future of society and change needs to begin with us," says management major Elizabeth Fitzpatrick '12, one of the student organizers. "Every day, students are unaware of the amount of water they consume. In effect, little changes, such as shortening time in the shower or using a reusable water bottle can greatly impact this pressing issue of water justice. If each college campus increased their awareness and overall water education, we’d help others while also sustaining the well-being of our environment."

As part of the senior capstone course in the University's new leadership, ethics and organizational sustainability major, Fitzpatrick and her classmates were tasked with taking an active leadership role to contribute to a more just and sustainable world. Fitzpatrick alongside her teammates, Julianne Shillington '12, Daniel Markert '12 and Amanda Lanza '12, chose to focus on water awareness because of the great global need, in addition to the research already being done on campus around this issue.

Water Awareness Week will highlight some of this work through the following activities:

Monday, April 16: Water Palooza Kick-Off Campion Student Center, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Raffles, t-shirts, baked goods, games and more.

Tuesday, April 17: Water Balloon Toss St. Mary's Lawn, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18: Water Filtration Discussion Campion Student Center, Forum Theater, 6 p.m. Food will be provided.

Thursday, April 19: Water Justice Guest Lecture Campion Student Center, Forum Theater, 6:15 p.m. John Neiva, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, will present. Food will be provided.

Friday, April 20: Water Works Field Trip Water Works, 640 Water Works Drive, Philadelphia Pa. 2:30 -3:30 p.m. (buses leave at 1:45 p.m.)

For more information on Water Awareness Week 2012, contact Fitzpatrick at


As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the  Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


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