The Diversity Outreach Initiative (DOI) of the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering seeks to develop leaders from diverse Catholic communities for ministry in the Church.  The initiative expresses our commitment to strengthen the Church's social ministry by reaching out to Catholic ethnic, racial, and disability communities and encourage members to lift up the richness and diversity of their gifts in our shared mission. Financial assistance to participate in CSMG is available (see notes 3, 4, and 5 below).  Applicants should not register online until they receive written confirmation of a scholarship award with registration instructions. 

I was fortunate to participate in the CSMG as a diversity candidate. It was extremely beneficial to me personally, and to my Diocese. Not only did I learn so much about the Church’s position on important issues, but I was able to network and collaborate with my colleagues to plan for more effective dissemination of this information to the people we serve in eastern North Carolina."
- Lauren Green, Director of African Ancestry Ministry & Evangelization, Diocese of Raleigh

  1. What are the goals and desired outcomes of the DOI?
  2. Who can participate in the DOI?
  3. What is the process for applying for financial assistance?
  4. What expenses would financial assistance cover?
  5. When should I register for CSMG if I am applying for financial assistance?
  6. How can CSMG collaborating and sponsoring organizations assist this initiative?

1. What are the goals and desired outcomes of the DOI?

  • Help our Gathering to reflect more fully the rich diversity of the Church.
     
  • Develop leaders from diverse Catholic communities who will share Catholic social teaching and action with their community and the broader Church.
     
  • Cultivate strong, long-term relationships of mutual respect between diocesan social action offices and offices that minister to ethnic, racial and disability communities within the Church.
  • Advance the social mission of the Church, within culturally diverse communities, through education, outreach, and advocacy.

  • Expand resources available to all who are working in social ministry in the Church.

2. Who can participate in DOI?

  • Leaders from under-represented ethnic, racial, and disability communities working in Catholic institutions (parishes, schools, and social service agencies, etc.) may be eligible for limited financial assistance.  We also encourage participation from rural and mission dioceses. Awardees do not have to be Catholic; however, they must work or serve with a Catholic entity.
     
  • When reviewing applications for financial assistance, priority is given to new applicants who 1) demonstrate leadership; 2) currently work with a national CSMG collaborating organization or diocesan social action office; or 3) meet the diversity criteria of this initiative and live in a USCCB designated home mission diocese.
     
  • CSMG participants are normally limited to no more than three years of scholarship assistance through the Diversity Outreach Initiative so that we can make this opportunity available to as many people as possible. However, past participation will not be considered in awarding financial assistance for the virtual CSMG in 2021; nor will receipt of financial assistance in 2021 count against future receipt of funding.
     
  • Anyone attending or supporting the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is encouraged to contact our Diversity Committee about opportunities to support or participate in the Diversity Outreach Initiative.

3. What is the process to apply for financial assistance?

To apply for assistance with the CSMG virtual registration fee, complete the application form. Funding will be awarded on a rolling basis until depleted. The financial aid request form will close on Jan. 19, 2021, unless funding is depleted sooner.

Please direct CSMG-DOI questions to csmg@usccb.org or Donna Grimes or Dulce Gamboa, Co-Chairs of the CSMG Diversity Committee. Contact Donna at dgrimes@usccb.org or Phone: 202-541-3178. Contact Dulce at dgamboa@bread.org or Phone: 202-688-1092.

4. What will assistance cover? 

Financial assistance covers half (50 percent) of the $50 registration fee for the virtual CSMG 2021. The recipient will pay a registration fee of only $25. Reduced registration scholarships are available for those experiencing special financial difficulty or economic hardship. The registration fee is only $10/person for recipients of reduced registration scholarships.

5. When should I register for the Gathering if I need financial assistance?

  • If you are applying for financial assistance, do not register for CSMG before receiving confirmation of assistance and specific registration instructions.
     
  • Applicants will be notified of the status of financial assistance requests within three weeks of applying.
     
  • Participants will not be reimbursed if they register for the CSMG in advance of receiving approval of financial assistance.

6.  How can CSMG collaborating and sponsoring organizations assist this initiative?

  • Identify leader(s) from diverse ethnic, racial, and/or disability groups, and encourage them to attend CSMG and to complete the application form.

  • Give a financial or in-kind donation to support CSMG's Diversity Outreach Initiative and the scholarship program. Collaborating and sponsoring organizations may discuss contribution options by contacting Marthamaria Morales

  • Invite others to participate in CSMG and support our Diversity Outreach Initiative!

CSMG Diversity Committee Members

Donna Grimes (Co-Chair)
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, USCCB African American Affairs 

Dulce Gamboa (Co-Chair)
Bread for the World

Danielle Brown
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development

Fr. Michael Carson
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church, Native American Affairs

Sr. Myrna Tordillo, MSCS
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, Asian and Pacific Island Affairs

Sr. Joanna Okereke HHCJ
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church, Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers

Esther Garcia
National Catholic Partnership on Disability

Kim Mazyck
Catholic Charities U.S.A.; Engagement and Educational Outreach

Jose Julian
La Red—National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana

Fr. Henry Sands
Black and Indian Mission Office

Javier Cervantes
National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors for Hispanic Ministry

Linda Arreola
Catholic Relief Services; National Hispanic Engagement, Mission and Mobilization