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A Season of Renewed Hope

This past month has given us so much to celebrate. From the overlapping observances of Easter, Passover, and Ramaden to a fun and successful Preview Week welcoming the newly accepted, incredibly diverse and accomplished Class of 2026, there has certainly been a spirit of renewed hope around the Santa Clara University campus.

As we head into the Spring quarter, that same sense of excitement and hope is abundant at the Ignatian Center. We hosted two in-person immersion trips over spring break, one to Appalachia and one to the US-Mexico border in Arizona. We also rejoiced in tremendous support from our friends and benefactors on the Day of Giving. We are so grateful to you for making the Center’s transformational experiences available to more and more of our students, faculty, and staff - here, there, and everywhere.

Alison Benders (square)

Alison Benders
Executive Director, Ignatian Center
Vice President, Mission & Ministry

Image of birds in a tree from the Kino Faculty Staff Immersion
Faculty Staff Immersion | Kino Border

This past Spring Break the Ignatian Center hosted 9 Faculty & Staff on an Immersion to Kino Border Initiatives on the US/Mexico Border. One of the staff participants, professional photographer Charles Barry, captured the spirit of the week-long trip, as documented in this video.  

View the video here


Sunset over Kingdom Come State Park, Southeast Kentucky in the heart of Appalachia. Photo by Don Sniegowski

Absorbing Appalachia

For the first time in over two years the Ignatian Center hosted an Immersion trip to Appalachia. As with all immersions, the goal is for students to find solidarity and create connections on a deeper level as they meet people from a culture and region very different than their own. "We don’t have to be the protagonist," explains Immersion Program Director, Maria Autry, "sometimes we just have to be a witness." 

Read about the Appalachia Immersion here

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Vicki Pope Receives the Paul Locatelli, S.J. Award

Congratulations are in order for Ignatian Center Advisory Board member Vicki Pope on receiving the Paul Locatelli, S.J. Award, named after the beloved 20-year former president of SCU. Fr Locatelli profoundly shaped SCU with his vision: "My hope is that our dialogue will integrate the hungers for truth and understanding, knowledge and faith, justice and bread. Then, we will be educating graduates who will fashion a society, more humane and more just." The award recognizes those who have given distinguished and outstanding service to the University.

Watch the video on Vicki’s inspiring story


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