Christopher Award for Extraordinary Leadership
Named in reference to Mother Cabrini’s dream of launching a ship, The Christopher, to carry Christ’s message throughout the world, the Christopher Award for Extraordinary Leadership is given to those individuals whose life’s work embodies our core values of access to education and social justice.
2018 Christopher Award Recipients
Barbara (HON'08) and John Jordan
The Barbara and John Jordan Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence Education, Cabrini University
John Jordan, Colleen Lelli, EdD ('95), and Barbara Jordan (HON'08) at the launch of the Barbara and John Jordan Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence Education
In October 2017, President Donald B. Taylor, PhD, surprised the Jordans and the rest of the Cabrini community by announcing that the Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence Education will be officially named the Barbara and John Jordan Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence Education, lauding the vital work and support of Barbara and John Jordan, national advocates of domestic violence education who connected with Cabrini more than 10 years ago.
The Jordans were integral in starting Cabrini’s work with domestic violence education, and continue to work with Cabrini’s efforts through their passion, vision, and philanthropy.
“They have really pushed us to do this work that is so integrated with the work of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,” Taylor said.
“It’s because of [the Jordans’] commitment for advocating to make societal changes about domestic violence and the effects it can have on children that we have been able to provide programming, deliver professional development, and travel nationally and internationally to conferences,” said Colleen Lelli, EdD (’95), Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Center. Lelli also credited the successful integration of domestic violence education at Cabrini to faculty members who have taught the subject to students, collaborated with community partners, and conducted research.