Spalding University is the first confirmed and certified Compassionate University in the world. Having evolved from the Nazareth Academy, founded by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in 1814, Spalding’s history is a study in compassion, with a commitment to healing and service that goes beyond political affiliation and serves individuals, organizations and causes in the immediate community and beyond. Faculty and staff members of the school served as nursing sisters for both the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Today, Spalding nursing students and faculty, as an example, can be found in service learning efforts around the region and world, offering basic treatment, health screenings and assistance in disaster relief.
“Compassion has been at the core of our mission since the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth began training nurses, teachers, social workers, and later psychologists and therapists,” says Spalding University President Tori Murden McClure. Today this urban, coeducational institution offers more than two dozen degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level to more than 2,400 students. “A Spalding education in liberal and professional studies is grounded in a heritage of compassion with a contemporary emphasis on service and the promotion of peace and justice,” says McClure.
The Charter For Compassion
Mayor Greg Fischer, speaking at last year’s National Peacemaker of the Year Award ceremonies
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