Juneteenth
President Humphrey in her regalia before the inauguration
Mercy and justice
are in our DNA
President Humphrey in her regalia before the inauguration

Our Heritage

Mercy, justice and service are hallmarks of Carlow University since our founding by the Sisters of Mercy in 1929. Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in 1831 in Dublin, Ireland, sought to reveal the mercy of God in our world through her service to the poor, sick and uneducated. Education was at the heart of this effort, as was a desire to meet needs not being addressed by others.

Our Commitment to Anti-racism Starts at the Top

In September 2020, the Carlow Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a Presidential Anti-Racism Strategic Planning Task Force whose charge was to develop a strategic framework for moving forward the building of an anti-racist culture at the institution. At its January 2022 meeting, the Board approved the recommendations of the Task Force, including the implementation of a new Board Standing Committee, the Anti-racism Oversight Committee, which will focus on dismantling systemic racism and supporting the Task Force’s strategic plan.

Celebrating Juneteenth

At Carlow, we recognize that much work remains to be done in order to address social justice and anti-racist behaviors. Given all that is transpiring in our world today, it is fitting to highlight Juneteenth even more so than what we have done in the past.

This year, Carlow University is the proud sponsor of Western Pennsylvania’s Juneteenth Homecoming and Youth Festivals.

Stop by and visit with us at our booth:
Youth Festival, June 11 & 12 at Mellon Park
Big Celebration on June 17 -19 at Point State Park


History of Juneteenth

On January 1, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, United States President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The document ostensibly freed all enslaved people in the Confederacy, the former U.S. states that had taken the election of an antislavery president as reason to secede from the Union.

Contrary to popular belief, though, the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t end American slavery, nor was it ever intended to do so. Northern states where slavery was legal, such as Missouri and Delaware, were not required to end the practice, nor were free Black Northerners granted the rights of American citizenship… ▸ Read more

Source: Matthias, Meg. “What Is the History of Juneteenth?”. Encyclopedia Britannica, Invalid Date, https://www.britannica.com/story/what-is-the-history-of-juneteenth. Accessed 1 June 2022.

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