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2013 Summit on College Success

Thank you to College of the Holy Cross for hosting the 2013 Summit on College Success! Over 90 individuals attended the recent event, including Cristo Rey Presidents, college counselors, alumni advisors and ambassadors, as well as many University Partners and scholarship organizations. The Summit identified and shared best practices promoting college success for Cristo Rey graduates.

A key highlight included Cristo Rey Network President, Randy Kurtz, presenting Holy Cross with the Spirit of Cristo Rey Award. Holy Cross has met the full financial aid needs of more than 50 Cristo Rey alumni and has graduated more than a dozen students from the college. 

We look forward to meeting next year with more energy and in a new location! Click here to find the presentations and resources shared at this year's summit. Video footage of the keynote and breakout sessions will be posted later this month. 

Summit History

The academic, financial, and socio-cultural challenges facing low-income high school students in their transition to and through college remain formidable and well documented.  In keeping with its mission to overcome these obstacles, the Cristo Rey Network launched the University Partner Initiative in 2009 to formalize strategic relationships with colleges and universities committed to expanding its capacity and furthering its mission to “transform urban America, one student at a time” in new, mutually beneficial ways.  The initiative seeks to identify, inform, and promote new instituonal supports and programs that ensure college success for Cristo Rey and other low-income students across the country.  We are deeply grateful to our 24 National and 22 Supporting Partners who help us realize our mission. 

As part of our ongoing commitment to sharing what we learn with our schools and partners, Cristo Rey hosts an annual Summit to showcase promising research, programs, and practices that have enhanced college success for Cristo Rey Network students and alumni.   For 2 days we will engage in conversations that will include Cristo Rey high schools, university partners, researchers, and thought partners from the field.   

Words of Support from University Partners

"Such collaboration is at the heart of successful K-16 education. By supporting the Cristo Rey Network, Dominican not only advances Catholic secondary education, but also creates a pipeline of talented college-bound students."

Donna Carroll, President of Dominican University

"We have many things to be proud of at Fordham, but among the crown jewels is our partnership with the Cristo Rey network. There are few causes more urgent than the formation of young people's minds and spirits; together we prepare them to heal the world."

Joseph M. McShane, S.J., President of Fordham University

"This is not an abstract commitment to diversity or opportunity. We know that their gifts, their talents, their personal experiences, their life histories, their personal stories are enriching the quality of life on our campus every day. And so for us to be the kind of institution we want to be, we need your students. We need the young men and women you are preparing for our schools. We can't be what we hope to be without them."

John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University

"Loyola University Chicago is grateful for being selected as a Founding National University Partner with the Cristo Rey Network. This partnership provides Loyola the opportunity to contribute to one of the most innovative educational movements in our country. It will also allow Loyola to continue our commitment to providing access and support to first generation college students."

Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., President of Loyola University Chicago

"Marquette has been recruiting Cristo Rey Network graduates since the first Cristo Rey high school opened its doors in 1996, and now has twenty Cristo Rey graduates enrolled. What's always impressed me about Cristo Rey Network high schools is that the education is so focused on helping students achieve a college degree in preparation for lives of leadership and service. This university partner program will help students and the Cristo Rey Network reach that goal."

Robert A. Wild, S.J., President of Marquette University

"Saint Peter's College is pleased to support the Cristo Rey Network by joining the University Partner Initiative, a partnership that truly parallels the Jesuit ideals of our community. We look forward to broadening the horizons of these students by enriching their educational and professional experiences."

Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D., St. Peter's College President

"This partnership is an important aspect of St. Thomas University fulfilling its mission of 'Developing Leaders for Life.' Cristo Rey students represent the future of this nation and we are honored to partner in the preparation of the next generation of world leaders. Cristo Rey Network students will be an important addition to our already diverse and talented student body."

Monsignor Franklyn Casale, St. Thomas University President

"Such collaboration is at the heart of our Jesuit, Catholic mission of the University to provide quality education to those who deserve it despite challenging circumstances. Creighton is proud of its association with Cristo Rey Network and our mutual commitment of educating women and men who will make a difference in our world."

Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., President of Creighton University

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