Each year, the History and Political Science Department recognizes a woman who has made a noteworthy contribution to the civic life of her community; local, regional, national, or international.
She is invited to Cabrini to speak to our students and receive the Ivy Young Willis Award.
This year’s recipient is Sister Simone Campbell.
All are welcome to attend this free event. A reception is planned following the lecture.
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Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director of NETWORK
Sister Simone Campbell has served as executive director of NETWORK in Washington, D.C., since 2004, where she lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare, and economic justice.
A religious sister with the Sisters of Social Service (SSS), Campbell is a nationally lauded religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In 2012, she was instrumental in organizing the famed “Nuns on the Bus” tour of nine states to contest proposed budget cuts to federal safety-net programs. In 2013, she led a new cross‑country “Nuns on the Bus” trip focused on comprehensive immigration reform.
Campbell authored a forthcoming book about these experiences, “A Nun on the Bus,” to be released by HarperCollins Publishers on April 15. For more information and to pre‑order, visit www.networklobby.org. During the 2010 congressional debate about healthcare reform, she wrote the famous “nuns’ letter” supporting the reform bill, which led to a personal invitation from President Obama to attend the celebration for signing the Affordable Care Act into law. Campbell is often featured in national and international media, including recent appearances on “60 Minutes,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” and “The Colbert Report.”
December 2012 Interview with Sister Simone Campbell on “The Colbert Report”
June 2012 Interview with Sister Simone Campbell on “The Colbert Report”
Sister Simone has received numerous awards including the Health Care Heroes Award from Families USA. She was a featured speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Prior to coming to NETWORK, Campbell served as executive director of JERICHO, a California interfaith public policy organization that protects people living in poverty.
Before JERICHO, she served as the general director of the Sisters of Social Service for the United States, Mexico, Taiwan, and the Philippines. In 1978, Campbell founded and served for 18 years as the lead attorney for the Community Law Center in Oakland, Calif.
The Ivy Young Willis Award and Lecture program began in 1992 through the generosity of William G. Willis, father of Martha Dale, a 30-year employee of Cabrini who passed away in 2012.
To honor his late wife, Willis combined his own interest in political science and his wife’s involvement with the League of Women Voters and the World Affairs Council, bestowing the award at Cabrini College to a woman who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of public affairs.
Ivy Young Willis was a teacher, administrator, and reading consultant whose work at WQED in Pittsburgh lead the way for the teaching of reading on public television. This series is dedicated to her memory and to her strong belief that women have a unique talent for improving the climate and conduct of public affairs.