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Associate Debbie Weber Honored
By Josh Zeller, Communications intern
OPJCC director Debbie Weber has traveled the world with Water with Blessings, seeking to empower the women of developing countries with quality water filters and clean water education.
Debbie Weber has been fighting for social and ecological justice since long before she was named director of the Office of Peace, Justice and Care for Creation (OPJCC) in 2012; she has always sought to give a voice to the voiceless, and to secure for the disadvantaged those advantages to which they have an inalienable right. On April 27, she was recognized for her service not only to those in need, but also to her alma mater when she was awarded the “Future Five Alumni Award” by Mount St. Joseph University (MSJU). This award is bestowed upon a candidate “who [has] excelled in their profession … and provided service to their [community],” and certainly, Debbie has done these two things admirably well, as her work has taken her from the streets of Cincinnati to the island of Haiti, and everywhere in between (Mount St. Joseph University Future Five Alumni Award 2016 Nomination Form).
In 2004, Debbie received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the university, graduating Summa Cum Laude and delivering the commencement speech that year. During and after her time there, she has been active within the social work program, first as president of the Social Work Honor Society (Phi Alpha) while still a student, and now as an advisory board member for the department. Additionally, she received the Distinguished Student Award, and is currently a Board of Trustees Mission and Vision committee member. Within the surrounding community, she is known for her efforts to eliminate human trafficking—in order to raise local awareness of this issue, she organized the successful Human Trafficking Symposium at Xavier University in October 2015, which had more than 500 in attendance.
Furthermore, as the OPJCC director, she has demonstrated her devotion to SC values through service projects like Water with Blessings, seeking to empower the women of developing countries with quality water filters and clean water education, which greatly benefits their communities in turn. She also serves as a liaison of the United Nations Nongovernmental Organization, and as peace and justice collaboration coordinator for the North American Sisters of Charity Federation, among many other things. Her enthusiasm is an asset and a blessing to the many people that she has worked with and helped.
“I couldn’t have accomplished any of this without the Mount Community, the Sisters of Charity, and all of those who have collaborated with me regarding social and Earth justice,” Debbie says. “I am honored and humbled to receive such an award.”