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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.


Tech & the Human Spirit


Technology has changed us, and it will continue to shape our lives, our organizations, our communities, and our future. How can we steward technology’s advance to benefit humanity to the fullest, contributing to human flourishing in all its dimensions? SCU and the Ignatian Center's Bannan Forum are pursuing answers.

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Reduce, Reuse, Relocate


Last Spring, the Ignatian Center moved from its home of 18 years in Sobrato Hall to a new location at 990 Benton Street. We asked the Center for Sustainability for advice on recycling unwanted items as well as establishing a new, sustainably friendly work space.

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A Catalyst for Solidarity


This past summer, the Ignatian Center sent 8 SCU faculty and staff members to Nogales, Arizona and Sonora, Mexico in collaboration with our new partners, Kino Border Initiative. This organization helps make humane and just migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality.

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Partnering for Prosperity


We are excited to announce a new partnership aimed at creating new businesses in the economically-disadvantaged neighborhoods within San Jose.

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Hannah Warnecke

Immersion Trip Reflections


It's been nearly 3 years since the Ignatian Center's Immersion trip to Nicaragua, and student participants continue to reflect on the impact and power of that lifechanging trip.

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Jean Donovan Fellows


Each summer, 15 Jean Donovan Fellows engage with host organizations across the world that focus on social justice issues ranging from healthcare to immigration.

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Spring 2018

explore Journal


The Spring 2018 explore Journal examines pressing issues of racial and ethnic justice, economic justice, gender justice, and environmental justice facing our world today.

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Maria Muñoz Yepez '19

Jesuit Education in Action


Former Community Development Fellow and Jean Donovan Fellow, Maria Muñoz Yepez '19 is the embodiment of her Jesuit education (and an ICJE rock star!).

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Pete Cushman

Going Off Track


The regimen of being a student athlete leaves little room for much else; but that didn't stop Associate Coach Pete Cushman, from taking his team on an Immersion trip?

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Lisa Martinez

Sowing the Seeds of Social Justice


Bronco Urban Garden Educator Lisa Martinez considers Arrupe Weekly Engagement to be a unique and inspiring educational endeavor.

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Lena Eyen '17

A New Definition of Community


Lena Eyen '17 credits her immersion trip experiences in Appalachia for playing an essential role in shaping her education and postgraduate pursuits.

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Ciaran Freeman '18

Sustainable "Artivism"


Ciaran Freeman '18 shares how his art, crafted from blueprints, electrical conduits, and discarded wood, promotes social justice and sustainability.

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Sri Ramesh '17

Reflections of a Self-Proclaimed Talker


Self-proclaimed "talker," Sri Ramesh '17, finds herself in a place of reflection more and more often since going on her first immersion trip the summer after her freshman year.

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Jenna Salinas '18

Seeing the World Through a New Lens


Jenna Salinas '18 didn't consider herself a spiritual person until she traveled on her first Immersion trip and began to see spirituality - and the world - through a new lens.

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