July 27, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Four Mount Saint Mary College students fostered their leadership skills and their faith at the second biennial Student Ambassador Leaders Together (SALT) summit, which culminated on July 18 at Capitol Hill.
Students from about 60 colleges and universities across the U.S. participated in the three-day summit, which was organized by Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The students gathered in Baltimore, Md. for skill-building sessions that focused on leadership, campus organizing, and more. The sessions were held at Loyola University Maryland and the CRS World Headquarters.
The students then headed to Washington, D.C. to advocate for policy change on key international humanitarian issues, such as global migration and hunger. They met with senators, representatives, and chiefs of staff to discuss funding for poverty-reducing international development and humanitarian assistance for the 2019 fiscal year.
The Mount group included Christina Mistretta of Brooklyn, N.Y., president of the CRS Student Ambassadors on the Mount campus; Katie Hertlein of Glenwood, N.J.; Jennifer Turci of Plantsville, Conn.; and Sabina Zarod of Poughquag, N.Y.
Mistretta helped to found the CRS Student Ambassador Program at Mount Saint Mary College in 2016. This summer, she interned for the University Engagement Team at CRS World Headquarters, which spearheaded the SALT Summit.
“The shining moment for me…was watching the Mount Saint Mary College delegation speak with Ryan Lehman, the Chief of Staff for [New York Congressman] Sean Patrick Maloney,” said Mistretta. “Watching how passionate the students are about the global issues they have learned about through the ambassador program at Mount Saint Mary College and through CRS SALT Summit truly showed me the impact that college students can have if we simply use the voices God gave us.”
Zarod echoed Mistretta’s sentiments, noting that she was “grateful for the experience and being able to hear everyone’s perspectives.”
The Mount travelers thanked Fr. Gregoire Fluet, college chaplain and director of Campus Ministry, and Roger May Jr., assistant director of Campus Ministry, for their assistance with the endeavor.