Santa Clara University

Future Directions

Civic Learning and Educating for Democracy
National and Global

Drafted by Janet Flammang

From the outset, Jesuit universities have sought to produce graduates who are “fully humanized,” connected to communities, and devoted to the common good. More recently, Jesuits have set forth the standard of educating students of solidarity for the world. Solidarity is learned through contact, especially with the disadvantaged and the oppressed. As it looks to the future, Santa Clara is asking the question: How can we thoroughly infuse pedagogy of engagement into our core curriculum and residential learning communities so that students can truly integrate theoretical reflection and sustained experience of direct contact with the community?

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