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Student Leadership - Past, Present, and Future

While the summer of 2021 draws to a close, we feel a sense of excitement all across the University as staff, faculty, and students are returning to campus. Although these last few months have given us time to reflect on past programming and plan for a new academic year, nothing can replace the energy and joy that students bring to our work. 

One of the most important priorities of the Ignatian Center programming is to cultivate empathy. For students, we help them deepen their commitment to accompanying other people and serving community needs.

  • Journeying Towards Justice tells the story of two recent graduates and their formation as leaders through a number of programs at the Center.
  • 2021 Jean Donovan Fellows gives us a current glimpse into fellows' powerful experiences working with non-profit organizations this summer.
  • Thriving Neighbors Fellows & Arrupe Fellows introduces the new group of students who will serve throughout the year in the Center's community-based learning programs.

We have missed our students tremendously and look forward to learning about their summer adventures and plans for the upcoming year - here, there, and everywhere.

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

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Journeying Towards Justice

After attending the Ignatian Solidarity Network's summit on migration justice, Lauren Hewitt '21 and Sofia Sandoval Larco '21 joined forces with SCU's Undocumented Students and Allies Association (USAA) and became Immersion Coordinators for the Kino Border Virtual Immersion. 

Read Their Interview Here


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2021 Jean Donovan Fellows

As the 2021 summer comes to an end, our 22 Jean Donovan Fellows wrap up their engagement with community-based organizations from around the country and share their experiences and reflections of this time spent in accompaniment with organizations addressing social justice issues.

Read Their Blog Here


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Thriving Neighbors & Arrupe Fellows

We are excited to announce our 2021-22 Thriving Neighbors Fellows and Arrupe Fellows. Both groups will serve in our community-based learning programs in a variety of ways, serving both the SCU community, as well as the Greater Washington Neighborhood.

Meet the New Fellows 


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