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Convoy of Hope President Shares Importance of New Social Justice Degree at ORU

From disaster response, to women’s empowerment and feeding the hungry, Convoy of Hope president and co-founder, Hal Donaldson, has long been a champion of social justice issues facing people around the world. Throughout his career the non-profit leader has fought for those in need and, in doing so, has gained unique insight about the importance of educating the next generation of leaders utilizing social justice for a greater good.

“Our next generation of leaders is tremendously passionate about social justice,” said Donaldson. “They see the hurt, injustice and needs of people around them and are inspired to act so that the world is a better place.”

The United States has seen an influx of college-aged students seeking careers in social justice. In response to that need, Oral Roberts University recently announced its Social Justice degree program that will be available in fall 2014.

Students enrolled in the new program will learn how to strategically integrate faith, culture, economics and politics into their work lives. Students may choose between a pre-law or business concentration and will engage in action-oriented research as well as business strategies to implement community-based solutions for problems addressing needs familiar to the impoverished and suffering.

“As a trustee of ORU, I am excited for the implications that the new social justice degree has for the university as well as students who enroll,” added Donaldson. “Whether creating business plans, conducting research, lobbying for geo-political initiatives, or managing disaster relief, ORU students are sure to be on the frontlines of social justice issues both at home and abroad. I am grateful for the initiative ORU President William Wilson took to prepare students for this critical field.”

Students interested in enrolling for the new Social Justice degree program are eligible for nomination to the Quest Whole Person Scholarship, which offers up to $20,000 a year in tuition. For additional information on the Quest Whole Person Scholarship Program, visit www.quest.oru.edu.

For more information about ORU’s Social Justice degree program, visit oru.edu/socialjustice.

About Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope, a faith-based organization founded in 1994, has a driving passion to feed the world. With a long history as an early responder in times of natural disasters, Convoy of Hope has been a Four Star Charity as recognized by Charity Navigator for 11 consecutive years. In the last 20 years, Convoy of Hope has served more than 65 million people. For more information please visit www.convoyofhope.org.