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Ignatian Center

The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education

The Ignatian Center exemplifies and activates the Jesuit, Catholic character of Santa Clara University.
We encourage our students, faculty, staff, and community to embrace Jesuit wisdom by inspiring awareness, thought, reflection, discernment, and action.


Practicing Gratitude & finding Joy: Alexis Takagi '22

As part of her fellowship working with the Northern California Innocence Project this past quarter, Alexis Takagi '22 led the creation of a podcast aimed at engaging the public with the organization's work of challenging wrongful convictions. One of her interviews was published on StoryCorps and aired on National Public Radio (NPR).

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Feeling Connected from a Distance: Afton Burrell '21

This Winter Quarter, Ignatian Fellow Afton Burrell '21 completed her fellowship working with A Step Ahead Foundation. Afton shares how the virtual aspect of her fellowship provided surprisingly intimate and direct connection with the community.

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Explore Journal 2020: Jesuit Education in the Time of Crisis

The past year called for a deep examination of the meaning of Jesuit education in a time of crisis. The essays in this issue of Explore exemplify the work of six scholars across a range of divergent topics, but they cohere around a common desire to better understand how we can use critical inquiry and our mission as a university to bring about transformative action and inderstanding. 

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Salvadoran Martyrs: The Role of Jesuit Universities to Remember & Reflect

This two-part virtual event in honor of the anniversary of the Salvadoran Martyrs of the UCA was co-sponsored by the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, Campus Ministry, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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Twin Pandemics: COVID-19 & Racial Injustice

Co-hosted by the Center for Arts & Humanities and the Ignatian Center's Bannan Forum and co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, this two-day event featured virtual exhibits and performances, keynote speakers, and various discussion panels on  the intersection of the Covid-19 and racial injustice pandemics.

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Our Ongoing Commitment to Justice

The Ignatian Center stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.  We are committed to doing the  necessary internal and external work to be better allies for our BIPOC students, colleagues, and community members.

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For the latest information, please visit our COVID-19 website for updates and read our FAQ.

SCU Announces Alison Benders as the Inaugural Vice President of Mission & Ministy

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We are thrilled to share the exciting news that Alison Benders has been named the inaugural Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Santa Clara University. Alison will start in the role on July 1, which will officially launch the new Division of Mission and Ministry comprised of the Ignatian Center, Campus Ministry, and the Mission Church. Welcome Alison!



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