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Due to the Health Advisory Alert for COVID-19, all in-person Ignatian Center current programming is on hold until further notice. 

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.

SCU's Loss is USC's Gain

After serving four years as executive director of Santa Clara University’s Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, Dorian Llywelyn, S.J. is leaving to become president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California. His intellect, humor, and dedication to Jesuit Education will be greatly missed, at the Center and the University. 

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Changing Paths, Changing the World

SCU graduate and Finance major, Anthony Hascheff '15, planned to enter the finance world after graduation. That is, until he went on an immersion trip, then went on a second immersion trip, and ultimately worked as an intern with the Thriving Neighbors program. Find out how these experiences changed Anthony's course and continue to direct his path as he works on his Master's degree in Public Administration.

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The Power of Community Engagement

As the Senior Program Director for the Ignatian Center's Thriving Neighbors program, Irene Cermeño understands the power of community engagement. She has been involved in some capacity with the Ignatian Center from the start of her "Super Bronco" journey, but it is her relationship with the Greater Washington community members and their trust in her that fills her with joy.

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A.I. for the Common Good

Last month, Pope Francis hosted big names in the tech world for a three-day forum in the Vatican. He warned that the race to create artificial intelligence poses the risk of increasing social inequality unless the work is accompanied by an ethical evaluation of the common good. NBC Bay Area's Scott Budman sat down with Rev. Dorian Llywelyn, SJ, Executive Director of the Ignatian Center, to discuss the Pope's address. 

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New Perspectives

The Ignatian Center's Summer Immersions program sent students to the Arizona Border, Costa Rica, Kenya and Tanzania, and downtown San Jose, giving SCU students a renewed perspective on their place in the world. "Today's fast-paced society has tricked me into forgetting to practice gratitude and mindfulness," says SJ Immersion leader, Ava Fulweber '22. "This immersion helped me recenter."

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The Gospel According to Lazarus

Riley Sherr, 2019 Jean Donovan Fellow, spent the last month of his summer in San Jose, Costa Rica working in the medical field. His experience will certainly help him professionally as he continues his pre-med studies, but it is the lessons he learned in humility, generosity, and second chances that will contribute to his development as a person for others. 

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Challenging the Status Quo

Alejandra Magaña Gamero '18 didn't waste a minute after graduating from SCU as a Psychology and Ethnic Studies major. In just one year, she earned her Masters and is currently pursuing her PhD in Social Sciences and Comparative Education from UCLA. Ale credits her experience as a Thriving Neighbors Student Assistant for reinforcing her passion for social justice and educational equity.

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Technology, Wonder, & Us

We’re at the epicenter of the biggest ecosystem of information exchange in the history of humanity. So how do we ensure space for the experience of wonder? Good science and good technology need technical expertise—and also literacy in being authentically human. Read the full article by ICJE Executive Director Dorian Llywelyn, SJ.

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Growing Through Art

As a student assistant for the Ignatian Center's Thriving Neighbors program, Yesenia Magdaleno-Solis ‘20 is no stranger to social justice issues in the community. Over the summer of 2019, she worked as a REAL intern with the Palo Alto Art Center and as a muralist for the University Library’s new student-led mural, hoping to bridge art with her studies in sociology as a way of portraying social justice in neighborhoods.

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Santa Clara County & Santa Clara University - Thriving Together

Santa Clara University’s Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education recently received a $21,000 grant from the County of Santa Clara to support its five-year-old Thriving Neighbors program.

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Universal Apostolic Preferences

The Universal Apostolic Preferences are the fruit of a process of discernment lasting almost two years and involving Jesuits and lay-partners across the world. These new preferences are a point of reference for the whole of the Society of Jesus and all its associated institutions and projects. They are intended to focus current work, unite hopes and desires, and inspire new endeavors. We invite you to learn more and take action with us! We want to make a Gospel difference.

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