Rita Arthur, R.S.H.M., Ph.D., has served as a trustee since 2006 and is chair of the academic affairs committee.
Sr. Rita is a member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (R.S.H.M.), an international community of 1,100 nuns in five provinces and two regions serving in 14 countries. Currently, she serves as the R.S.H.M non-governmental organization (NGO) delegate to the United Nations. In this role, she takes part in monthly NGO meetings and works in collaboration with other members of religious congregations, which are also NGOs.
Sr. Rita serves on the following UN committees: social development, sub-committee on poverty, HIV/AIDS, and the eradication of poverty day planning committee. In June 2008, she became a member of the UN/NGO department of public information executive committee. Sr. Rita works with other sub-committees to help further the UN's millennium development goals and serves as a contributor to an NGO higher education outreach program.
In 2008, Sr. Rita was a featured speaker for the R.S.H.M. International Network of Schools Conference in Los Angeles, where she discussed the R.S.H.M. NGO ministry and its attempt to educate the public on the goals of the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Sr. Rita is a current Trustee and former French teacher of Marymount Manhattan College, a Trustee of Marymount School in New York City, and a board director for the Partnership of Global Justice. She is a former director of the American Institute for Foreign Studies. Sr. Rita completed her undergraduate work at Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y. and holds a Doctorat d'Université degree from the Université de Rennes, France. She resides in New York, NY.