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


Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide-array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni – over 60,000 strong - provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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