Tyus Edmond truly embodies our university’s commitment to advancing the common good. He is a passionate participant and student leader in the Global Justice Movement, a Catholic Relief Services advocacy initiative with which our university partners; it addresses migration and hunger issues and advocates for those in need locally and globally. As an intern in our Center for the Common Good, Tyus has mobilized his fellow students to engage in efforts to mitigate hunger and to support immigrants and refugees. Last fall Tyus led our students in an advocacy campaign urging passage of the Global Fragility Act by the U.S. Senate. This spring, he will lead the Global Justice Movement’s first “refugee simulation” at St. Thomas – an experience to teach our community how to live and work with a more acute perception of these communities. It is a crucial first step toward making a difference, creating change and combating injustice in our world.
My family taught me to be grateful for what I have, and ever since I was elected Class Senior Speaker at Rosemount High School, it has been a goal of mine to use my platform and privilege to help those who those whose voices aren’t heard enough. As a second-year student at the University of St. Thomas majoring in International Business and minoring in Spanish, I began my work to combat the Migration and Refugee crisis with the Global Justice Movement. Every day I work to engage, connect with, and form groups among my student body to address the root problems facing individuals brave enough to leave their homes in search of a better life. I lead meetings and start conversations on campus so people can be better educated on problems that are occurring in and outside of their communities. I work as a student ambassador for Catholic Relief Services to focus on global issues and human integrity. My favorite part of the work I do is brainstorming ways to promote social change, advocating for those changes to our representatives, and just grabbing people’s attention and speaking about the things I feel are most important.