Story by Veronica Burns, Staff Writer
Photo courtesy of SAC Facebook
Social Action Committee (SAC), is one Aquinas’s original Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) that strives to bring awareness to important social justice issues happening around the world. SAC is a club associated with the campus ministry department on campus, with the coordinator this year being Senior student Alex Karatkiewicz.
Karatkiewicz expressed his passion for social justice by saying, “we take advantage of certain unalienable human rights, something that many people live without. Justice is correcting the system that allows people to have these rights and freedoms taken away from them.”
Creating collaboration is something SAC is constantly doing and does well. They partner with Aquinas clubs and departments, the Grand Rapids community, and create benefit places all around the world with the conversation and action that takes place. RSOs they often work with include CAVA, S3, Enactus, Interfaith, and more (yours could be added to the list). Current projects include collaborating with Enactus to get more Aquinas volunteers to bring Wege Cafeteria’s leftover food to locations in Grand Rapids, where it can be served at places like Dégagé Ministries.
SAC annually takes trips to Mission of Our Lady of the Angels in Chicago and Catholic Worker House in Detroit. At the nunnery in Chicago, they do various works, including volunteering at the Chicago Marathon where a nun from the mission races to raise money. The organization is based in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the area, and here students are trained to become student ambassadors for justice. In Detroit, they help at a soup kitchen and learn about various topics such as gentrification.
SAC’s Vice President, Dana Vanhuis, expresses excitement for what SAC has planned this year by saying, “something that I’m looking forward to is probably just helping to teach people that these social issues do exist and they do matter, and through that I hope that we can help people become more involved with the community that they live in.”
Interested in learning more or getting involved in the conversation? Stop by their weekly Sunday meetings in the library 3rd floor conference room at 6:45pm or email email@example.com.
About the Writer…
Veronica Burns is a senior studying a dual business communication major and journalism. Her loves include cats and actor Tom Hiddleston.