JoAnn Mark, ASC, Ed.D., will return to Newman University Wednesday, Feb. 24 to present “The UN & 2030 Sustainable Development Goals” at 3:30 p.m. in Eck Hall 125.
In May of last year, Mark left Newman University to become the Director of the Partnership for Global Justice in New York City, an international non-governmental organization (NGO) with special consultative status to the United Nations.
Professor of History and Director of International Studies Cheryl Golden, Ph.D., said that the NGO brings together people of all different religions.
“This NGO brings together the interests and resources of several congregations of men and women religious in the U.S.,” she said. “ The Partnership, headquartered in New York, works with the United Nations to address and advocate for issues important to the mission of the Catholic Church aimed at affecting positive change for people in the world.”
Golden said that many people at Newman University are excited to have Mark back on campus as part of Heritage Month, which began Feb. 4 and runs through March 3.
“We are thrilled to welcome Sister JoAnn back to Newman during Heritage Month,” Golden said. “Her talk will be on the UN and the UN’s 2030 sustainability goals. She will lead discussion on how these goals relate to the mission of the Church, especially in light of Pope Francis recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, which addresses environmental and climate issues.”
At Newman University, Mark taught math and computer science classes and eventually became the Vice President of Academics. She left the university in 1985 to work in other academic settings and leadership roles, but she remained connected to Newman as a member of the ASC ministry and as a member of the university's Board of Trustees. She returned in 2008 to become the Director of Transfer Student Orientation and Retention and Institutional Research.