Center for Humane Studies
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The mission of the Center for Humane Studies is to contribute to the development of the cutting-edge field of Humane Studies linking social justice, environmental conservation, and animal protection through infusing the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, Felician Core Value of Transformation, and Madonna University’s focus on education for service.

Projects in Year 2017-2018

Partner with organizations that help domestic violence victims to find shelters that accept companion animals Many victims of domestic violence stay with their abusive and often dangerous partners because they cannot find shelters that would accept them with their companion animals, and they fear to leave them behind. Our Center has taken steps to collaborate with organizations that work toward practical solutions for this problem, as promoting human-animal bond is integral to our mission.

Engage students in creating and maintaining pollinator-friendly spaces on Madonna campus As bees are dying off in record numbers around the globe and native plants supporting local pollinators are being replaced by lawns or invasive species, we are facing a crisis of plant-based food production. This global problem is best addressed by local solutions and this is what we plan to do through this project.

If you are interested in getting involved in any of the current or future projects, please send an e-mail to

Past Projects

Partnership with All Saints Soup Kitchen
In 2017, our Center built a partnership with All Saints Soup Kitchen and Pantry located in Detroit’s Mexicantown. Our student employee worked there five days a week. She assisted clients with their shopping from the food pantry and she helped serve hot meals. In addition, she conducted surveys of client satisfaction and kept statistics on food pantry use.

On June 2, 2017, the Center for Humane Studies in collaboration with Madonna University Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement organized a group of volunteers to build two raised-bed urban gardens on the grounds of All Saints Parish, which then was being maintained by one of our student employees and parish members. The garden crops went directly to All Saints Soup Kitchen and Pantry.

Building the garden was a lot of fun, please see the video below.

Urban Garden Build Video

Humane Resources

Humane ResourcesHEART (Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers) Humane education resources for all learners.

Roots and Shoots. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) global youth-led community action program, comprised of thousands of young people inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall to make the world a better place.

Story of Stuff, a grass-root worldwide organization dedicated to sustainability.

Student Papers

Ethics and Xenotransplantation
Not Alone Here: Improving the Lives of American Non-Human Citizens