Join Our Cause

We invite you to become a
CCSU Compassion Partner

Background About the Compassion Campaign

The impetus for the compassion campaign came from CCSU's Forum for Contemplative Practices in 2012 when members learned that our sister school, Western Connecticut State University, became a University of Compassion following a visit from His Holiness the Dalai Lama to its campus. A steering committee was formed and, following a three-year campaign, the CCSU Faculty Senate voted unanimously in 2015 to endorse the Campus of Compassion campaign and recommended the appointment of a Presidential Committee on Compassion.

Reason for Becoming a University of Compassion

Humanity continues to face enormous problems including terrorism, violence, extreme poverty, and environmental deterioration. Even in our own state of Connecticut, with strong and vibrant communities, we are also home to pockets of extreme poverty, epidemic levels of drug and alcohol addiction, sex trafficking, and one of the most horrific school shootings in the world. As a regional, comprehensive public university CCSU is committed to finding solutions to these serious problems that contribute to human suffering. The compassion initiative promotes CCSU’s mission to build a strong community of learners that enhances citizenship and cultural/global awareness.

Become a CCSU Campus of Compassion Partner

Take action by having your student club, group, department, or committee apply to be a partner. Your group’s name will be listed as a partner on the CCSU Campus of Compassion website.

Send Partner Application to:

Tina Rice, Department of Design
Vance 409

CCSU Campus of Compassion Presidential Committee

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"There is ever-increasing data that show when we care for others and feel close to them, we improve our own health and even our longevity."
James Doty, M.D. – Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education