There is no doubt that we live in a time of significant and rapid change—in our country and in the world. As we are also more globally connected than at any point in history, the mission of our founders, the Sisters of Mercy, frames our values and our university as we continue to pursue justice and mercy in our world.
Social justice is in the DNA of the Carlow community. From our new Social Justice Institutes to the research of our faculty and the careers pursued by our students, our commitment to the values of the Sisters of Mercy remains strong. Respect for the dignity of each individual, and a firm belief in the importance of ethical leadership, continue to be the hallmarks of a Carlow education—and our students are indeed on their way to making a just and merciful world a reality.
We are also proud of the fact that our graduates “do good and do well.” This year one of our graduates was accepted into a doctoral program at Carnegie Mellon University. And the first two men have been named Carlow Laureates: attorney and CPA David Debenham, MS ’13, partner in Ontario, Canada, firm McMillan LLP; and Harold Slaughter, president and chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh, BA '93.
Our most recent career outcomes report is a particular source of pride—and a tangible reflection of our legacy. Within six months of graduation, 95 percent of our students are either employed, enrolled in graduate school, or in service to our country—working in health care companies, schools, community-based organizations, and for-profit businesses. They are entrepreneurs, change agents, and innovators, and we expect that their accomplishments will indeed shape the future of our region.
Carlow is also embarking on new initiatives that will strengthen not only our mission but also offer our students more options for their careers. For example, our Just and Merciful World undergraduate curriculum, now in its second year, weaves social justice throughout its courses from day one. Our new graduate-level MicroMaster's programs are our first foray into up-credentialing and up-skilling—and new academic endeavors, such as our Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program, will meet regional demands while honoring Carlow’s long history in women’s health care and education.
We have many reasons to be #CarlowProud. Doing good is one of them. So is doing well. And we would like to hear from you—what you are doing in your career and community that continues our social justice legacy. Send us your stories. I know they will inspire generations to come.
Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD