As an interdisciplinary Center of Distinction, the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education serves the core vision and mission of Santa Clara University. This strategic plan, which sets out specific priorities and goals of the Center for the next five years, supports the Strategic Plan 2011 of the University as a whole. Each of the Ignatian Center’s priorities and goals supports and advances those of the University.
The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education will be recognized throughout Silicon Valley as providing leadership for the integration of faith, justice, and the intellectual life.
The Ignatian Center promotes and enhances the distinctively Jesuit, Catholic tradition of education at Santa Clara University, with a view to serving students, faculty, staff, and through them the larger community, both local and global.
Strategic Priorities and Goals
Since its founding, Santa Clara University has been committed to spreading the liberating message of God's love for the world. This Word takes flesh in the words and actions of people who are inspired to live justly and with integrity. We expect our graduates to embody such virtue in many different places and ways.
The promotion of justice often emerges within concrete and enduring relationships. Parties slowly come to understand each other and gradually make known to each other their needs and desires. In such a context they make commitments to help and serve each other.
Because of its Jesuit, Catholic character, Santa Clara University promotes a level of religious, philosophical, and theological discourse that is unusual among academic institutions. Dialogue on core questions remains difficult, even though these issues are profoundly important to individuals and communities.
To build a more humane, just, and sustainable world, all students, faculty, and staff at Santa Clara University are called to deepen their understanding and experience of the larger community.
The chief influence that gives rise to Jesuit education is the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, a how-to handbook intended to help guide people toward the direct experience of God and companionship with Jesus. For many people, a deeper encounter with the Spiritual Exercises enriches their understanding of the educational mission of Santa Clara University.