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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.


 Immersion Trip Reflections
It's been nearly 3 years since the Ignatian Center's Immersion trip to Nicaragua, and student participants continue to find themselves reflecting on their experiences. Learn how the impact and power of that one week Immersion trip has proven to be a lifechanging experience.

Hannah Warnecke

Watch the video of their reflections
 2018 Jean Donovan Fellows
This summer, 15 Jean Donovan Fellows will engage with communities across the country and around the world. Students select host organizations that focus on social justice issues ranging from healthcare to immigration.

Jean Donovan Fellowship

Visit our Donovan Fellowship Blog
 explore Journal
The 2016-18 Bannan Institute presents the Spring 2018 explore Journal. This issue of explore seeks to further dialogue and action around pressing issues of racial and ethnic justice, economic justice, gender justice, and environmental justice facing our world today.

explore Spring 2018

Read the full issue of explore
 Jesuit Education in Action
Community Development Fellow Maria Muñoz Yepez has a heart for community. With 3 immersion trips and 5 Arrupe Placements under her belt and an upcoming Jean Donovan Fellowship on the table, Maria is the embodiment of her Jesuit education (and an ICJE rock star!).

Maria Muñoz Yepez '19

Read Maria's Interview
 Going Off Track
The time constraints and training regimen of being a student athlete are all encompassing and leave little room for much else. Why then, did the Associate Head Coach of SCU's Cross Country Team, Pete Cushman, take his team on an Immersion trip?

 Pete Cushman

Read Pete's Interview
 Sowing the Seeds of Social Justice
After working and volunteering for several years in education, Bronco Urban Garden Educator Lisa Martinez considers Arrupe Weekly Engagement to be a unique and inspiring educational endeavor.

Lisa Martinez

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 Expanding the Definition of Community
After graduating, Lena Eyen '17 chose to join the Jesuit Volunteer Corps to continue fostering her interest in environmental studies.She credits her immersion trip experiences in Appalachia for playing an essential role in shaping her education and postgraduate pursuits.

Lena Eyen '17

Read Lena's Story
 Sustainable "Artivism"
Studio art and art history double major Ciaran Freeman '18 shares how his art, crafted from blueprints, electrical conduits, and discarded wood, promotes social justice and sustainability.

Ciaran Freeman '18

Watch the Video
 Reflections of a Self-Proclaimed Talker
Sri Ramesh, 2017 SCU graduate, finds herself in a place of reflection. It's a surprising place to be, for this self-proclaimed "talker," but it's where she often lives since going on her first immersion trip the summer after her freshman year.

Sri Ramesh '17

Read Sri's Story
 Seeing the World Through a New Lens
SCU senior Jenna Salinas never considered herself a spiritual person. It wasn't until she attended SCU and traveled on her first Immersion trip that Jenna began to see spirituality - and the world - through a new lens.

Jenna Salinas '18

Read Jenna's Story

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