Loyola Marymount University and the Casa Educational Network are happy to announce the opening of Casa Argentina, the newest Casa program. Casa Argentina will receive its first students in Cordoba, Argentina beginning fall 2013. Students will study at the Universidad Católica de Cordoba (UCC) and will be taught by both LMU and UCC faculty. The program will be built on the same four pillars which Casa de la Solidaridad and Casa Bayanihan are founded. Throughout the semester, students will not only engage in community via their praxis sites, but they will simultaneously learn about the Argentine Dirty War, immigration and discrimination, and agricultural rights and reform, among other social justice issues specific to Cordoba and Argentina.
The program will be directed by Santiago Bunce, Jennifer Abe Ph.D. and Douglas E. Christine Ph.D. Santiago was a student at the Casa de la Solidaridad in 2005 while studying Theology at Boston College. Since his undergraduate degree, Santiago has worked in nonprofit consulting, corporate social responsibility consulting and international infrastructure development. In June 2012, Santiago completed a Master’s degree in International Economics, Development and Nonprofit Management.
Jennifer and Douglas are both faculty at LMU in the Psychology and Theological Studies Departments, respectively. Jennifer received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from UCLA in 1992. Her research examines help-seeking and cultural competence in mental health service delivery to ethnically diverse populations. Douglas received his doctorate in 1988 from the Graduate Theological Union in Christian Spirituality. Douglas is the author of the award-winning book, The Word in the Desert, and is editor of the journal Spiritus. He has recently published a new book, The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Notes for a Contemplative Ecology. Both Jennifer and Douglas will be moving to Cordoba for three years with four of their five children. They will also co-teach a course entitled, “Contemplatives in Action: Psychology, Spirituality and Liberation” while in Argentina.
The three directors are thrilled for the opportunity to build Casa Argentina in Cordoba. With the support of LMU, UCC and the Casa Network, they are confident the program will be an extension of the empowering and liberating experiences which already exist in El Salvador and the Philippines. We encourage you to reach out to the directors if you have any questions or thoughts.