Faculty/Staff Immersions

The Faculty/Staff El Salvador Immersion offers the unique opportunity to experience a country with a rich cultural history and to positively impact the lives of those who are less fortunate.

"When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be challenged to change. Personal involvement with innocent suffering, with the injustice others suffer, is the catalyst for solidarity, which then gives rise to intellectual inquiry and moral reflection."  – Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.

Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., Superior General of the Jesuit order, challenged American Jesuit higher education with these words spoken at the 2000 Justice Conference held on our campus. As one response to this challenge, the University continues to sponsor an annual faculty/staff immersion to El Salvador. The immersion seeks to deepen participants' understanding of the worldwide Jesuit educational mission by engaging in the gritty reality of our globalizing world.

2013 El Salvador Immersion

This year, Fr. Engh has made it a priority for his immediate staff to engage in an immersion. We are grateful that Fr. Engh has made it a priority for University leaders to engage in an experience that has been so important for many members of the Santa Clara community. To that end, the President's staff will be participating in the summer immersion in El Salvador and, as a result, we will not be opening up the trip to all Faculty and Staff as we generally do. We plan to open up the immersion experience to all Faculty and Staff again in summer of 2014.

Selection Process

Immersion participants are selected from among faculty and staff leaders, and at times key members of the community, based on the criterion that they will have a leavening effect on campus when they return from the experience. Priority is given to:

  • Faculty/staff who play a significant role in the University or who have the potential to play such a role with others (faculty/staff/students)
  • Individuals who have not participated in a University immersion in the past
  • Regular faculty and senior lecturers
  • Staff who are committed to the Jesuit mission, have been at the University for three (3) years and are likely to remain for the foreseeable future

The selection process is coordinated by the Ignatian Center staff. In consultation with the President and Provost, the staff seeks to identify a diverse 10-person group with broad representation from across campus; it considers factors including school, discipline, University position (e.g. faculty, staff, or administrator), age, gender, race, and ethnicity.

Participant Commitments

Immersion participants will commit to:

  • Attending three (3) pre-immersion meetings
  • Doing preparatory reading
  • Going on the eight (8) day immersion
  • Attending three (3) post-immersion meetings

How to get Involved

For additional information or questions, please contact Jake Schneider, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, 408-554-5346.

Immersions Video

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