Working Group 5: “AI, Agency and the Human Person”
The main topics of this Working Group are: Year Family Amoris Laetitia; Foster Families Care and Adoption. As far as the former is concerned, there are three points to study: 1) Being parents today 2) Family as a social Subject 3) Couples in crisis. With regards to Foster Families Care and Adoption, the Working Group will have the opportunity to make use of the diversity of countries represented by its members.
The Internationalization Working Group’s role is to support and advise the SACRU Executive on internationalization and to report on key global issues in higher education. The WG has responsibility for developing initiatives that enable active and ongoing student and staff collaboration between member institutions, with a focus on Higher Degree Research.
This interdisciplinary group came to life to integrate Laudato Si’ Principles in the heart of SACRU Universities through research, teaching, and service. Three objectives are considered for the work of this group in the following couple of years: 1) Create evidence on how LS is integrated with our campus life, 2) Strengthen the role of our universities in research and public engagement-thus promoting LS principles outside the university, and 3) Establish a dialogue with secular universities.
COVID-19 is an instigator that has not only caused substantial human losses, but has provoked us to rethink how our universities are conceiving research and teaching. Toward this end we consider five broad categories of research and teaching about the virus’ impact: 1) Vulnerable populations at risk whether by region, by class, race, gender, etc. 2) Science and Global Public Health 3) Finance, economics and wellness 4) Ethics and Humanities 5) Teaching: Practices, research into those practices, and developing anticipatory designs for those emerging practices are the stuff of educational investigations today.
In February 2021, Working Group 1 has released the Concept Paper “Vulnerability in the Time of COVID-19″.