- Academic Focus Modern Languages & Literatures
Catherine Savell, who has taught at Loyola for more than three decades, believes in educating students about ways they can be global citizens by incorporating service-learning into her courses. Savell earned a bachelor’s degree in Equivalency and a Master of Arts in French from Middlebury College in Vermont. During the summer of 2009, Savell received the university’s Kolvenbach Research Grant for her work in analyzing immigrant needs at the Immigrant Outreach Service Center of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Baltimore; she is also the recipient of the A.F.F.I.R.M. and Affiliate Teaching Award(s) (2018). In addition to teaching French at Loyola, Savell is founder and director of Rendez-vous: Haiti, a nonprofit organization that aims to support initiatives leading to self-sustainability in Haiti. She has led groups of students on spring break excursions to the Foyer Notre Dame de Lourdes, a school and residence that provides support to roughly 129 Haitian children experiencing poverty in Santo, Haiti, a suburb of Port Au Prince. Savell continues to fundraise and to communicate with residents and students at the Foyer, and her students at Loyola are always eager to help.
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We tell our students at Loyola to be men and women for others, but how do we exemplify that ourselves? When I first began taking students to Haiti, it was very eye-opening. Their response was overwhelming, and the type of students that volunteered are some of the best of what this university has to offer.