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​Unprecedented. Uncertain. Overwhelming. The words to describe the time in which we currently find ourselves are bountiful, and yet wholly insufficient. The global pandemic has turned our world upside down and forced us to reimagine ways to enhance our mission to better respond to the needs of our community. The rising chorus against the systemic racism that particularly attacks Black people challenges the core foundations in this country, and around the globe. How do we move forward? How do we find our way?
For us here in the Ignatian Center and at Santa Clara University, we rely on centuries of spiritual and intellectual exploration to help guide us. We look to our past so that we may productively move into our future. Our tradition, ingrained within our approach to higher education, has provided us profound lessons learned from past experiences of uncertainty, questioning, and seeking clarity. The essays in this issue of the explore Journal represent some steps along that journey, all in service to greater clarity amid great uncertainty. The authors in this issue implore us to think about how our mission can transform our students and the world: calling us to rethink the language we use to talk about our mission; asking us to seek common ground; exploring the relationship between technology and human flourishing; and examining how our mission and tradition enhance leadership, support cooperation in a time of disruption, and develop well-rounded human beings.

We do not know exactly what comes next— for our Center, University, country, or world. Yet we find solace in knowing that when our goal is a more just, humane, and sustainable global community, there is no single path to achieve success. By keeping our eyes on this goal, we can move forward and find our way - here, there, and everywhere.

Michael Nuttall
Interim Executive Director

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Explore Journal 2020

Jesuit Education in the Time of Crisis

The past year called for a deep examination of the meaning of Jesuit education in a time of crisis. The essays in this issue of explore exemplify the work of six scholars across a range of divergent topics, but they cohere around a common desire to better understand how we can use critical inquiry and our mission as a university to bring about transformative action and understanding.

Read the full issue of Explore

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Engaging with Mission in a Time of Crisis

 by Aaron Willis

"We should never stop exploring our evolving tradition and contemporary realities, but all of those explorations are wasted if we don't act to heal a broken world."

Read Aaron Willis' article

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Seeking Common Ground in the Wake of COVID-19

by Julie Hanlon Rubio

"By listening to people's concerns, climate change activists today are figuring out how to connect with a broader base and bring others around slowly rather than alienating those they need on their side."

Read Julie Hanlon Rubio's article

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Gandhi, Technology, and the Human Spirit

by Rohit Chopra

"Gandhi's scathing critique of western science and technology is part careful analysis of the impact of technology, part strategic polemic, part clarion call to a moral reflection he demands of Indians."

Read Rohit Chopra's article

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Remembrances of Transformation, (de)Humanization, and White Supremacy

by Claudia Rodriguez-Mojica

"Frameworks that assume white middle- and upperclass perspectives and needs, however, are inadequate to discuss the personal transformation of students from minoritized and oppressed communities."

Read Claudia Rodriguez-Mojica's article

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Spirituality and Business Leadership Education

by Jennifer Lynn Woolley

"To meet these demands, business leadership requires experience, profound levels of wisdom, discernment, and compassion. Which can only be achieved through introspection, self-discovery, and adaptation."

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Cura Personalis and the Entrepreneurs' Law Clinic: Radically Student Centered

by Laura Norris

"Significantly, the students in the ELC work on confronting the first of O'Malley's hooks, the fly in the bottle: freeing themselves of their built-in constraints while approaching a legal project. This is no small feat for a law student."

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Next Monday Morning and Ignatian Attitudes

by Dorian Llywelyn, S.J.

"Currently we are learning to navigate a world that oscillates between virtuality and physicality, distance and closeness, difference and sameness. This journey can be rendered easier by that prime Jesuit value: adaptability."

Read Dorian Llywelyn, S.J.'s article

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