HEALTH ADVISORY: Main Campus Open Wednesday, September 2

As a follow up to this morning's health advisory, the University can confirm that we have one positive reported case of COVID-19. As outlined in our Return to Campus plan, we have implemented the appropriate protocols accordingly.

To ensure sufficient time to enact these procedures, including contact tracing, the University will remain closed through Friday, September 4. Contact tracing is being conducted by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and is expected to be completed within 48 hours.

In the meantime, all classes will continue to be held in an online format. Faculty and staff will continue to work remotely. All administrative functions will operate on a regular schedule. The Newtown Campus remains open, along with residence halls and the Tiger Cafe.

We know the ongoing ebb and flow of cases will continue to challenge us as a community. Please know that the University is committed to ensuring business continuity and seamless operations as we navigate the pandemic. Our foremost priority remains the health and safety of the Holy Family community, and we thank you for your understanding.

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Jonathan Rosen Publishes Findings on Crime in Latin America

Jonathan D. Rosen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice for Holy Family University, continues to explore organized crime in Latin America with the publication of his newest book and an article in a leading academic journal, the Journal of Criminal Justice.

In the book, Crime, Violence and theJonathan Rosen headshot outside State in Latin America, co-authors Jonathan D. Rosen and Hanna Samir Kassab, explore the linkages between weak institutions and government policies designed to combat drug trafficking, organized crime, and violence in Latin America. Using quantitative analysis to examine criminal violence and publicly available survey data from the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) to conduct regression analysis, individual case studies on Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador, and Nicaragua highlight the major challenges that governments face and how they have responded to various security issues. Rosen and Kassab later turn their attention to the role of external criminal actors in the region and offer policy recommendations and lessons learned.

The article, “Mara forever? Factors associated with gang disengagement in El Salvador,” published in the Journal of Criminal Justice, studies gang organization in El Salvador and the ways individuals exit the gangs in extremely violent contexts. Rosen, and Co-author José Miguel Cruz, surveyed nearly 1,200 active and former gang members in El Salvador, and conducted 24 interviews with former gang members in rehabilitation programs. Given that gangs play an integral role in the social order in the communities where they are present, it is extremely difficult for gang members to disengage. Their investigation found that incarceration and religious affiliation provide the most critical and safe opportunities to disconnect from a gang.

Rosen is an expert in organized crime, drug trafficking, and security-related issues. Prior to joining the Holy Family University School of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Rosen was a research scientist at Florida International University in Miami and a professor at the University of the Sea (Universidad del Mar), in Oaxaca, Mexico. He is the author and co-author of 19 books, including: The Losing War: Plan Colombia and Beyond, The Criminalization of States: The Relationship between States and Organized Crime, and Colombia's Political Economy at the Outset of the Twenty-First Century: From Uribe to Santos and Beyond.

Holy Family University Board of Trustees Names New Leadership

William (Bill) Strecker, Chair, Board of TrusteesBruce Miller, Vice Chair, Board of TrusteesJames (Jim) Bennett, Esq., BA '82, Board of Trustees

Pictured above from left to right: William (Bill) Strecker, Chair, Board of Trustees, Bruce Miller, Vice Chair, Board of Trustee, James (Jim) Bennett, Esq., BA '82, Board of Trustees

The Holy Family University Board of Trustees has named William (Bill) Strecker Chair and Bruce Miller Vice Chair, with terms beginning July 1. James (Jim) Bennett, Esq., BA ’82, has joined the Board.

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Initial Plans for Reopening

Dear Holy Family Community,

Among the core values of Holy Family are Family, Respect, Integrity, and Service and Responsibility.  We take them seriously and strive to ensure that everything we do remains true to them and all they represent. Within those values, it’s clear that the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is paramount. Now, as the country begins to reopen, and with those values and our mission in mind, we want to share how we’re moving forward to reopen in the safest ways possible.

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