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Valerie Sarma

Senior Program Director, Student Engagement and Special Projects 

Valerie Sarma joined the Ignatian Center in 2006 and serves as a Program Director for immersions. Her primary responsibilities include supporting the student immersion program and directing the Jean Donovan Summer Fellowship, which provides funding and support for students to work with community-based organizations locally and abroad. Valerie brings a passion for helping students explore their own spirituality, and realize their vocation, through immersion experiences. Valerie joined the Santa Clara community in 2001. She served as Associate Director for immersions program from 2007-2013. Prior to joining the Ignatian Center team she worked with the Residential Learning Communities where she was a Resident Director in Casa Italiana and Swig Hall. Valerie earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago, and her Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University. She lives with her husband and daughter in Palo Alto.