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Looking Back to Move Forward

The Christmas season offers us an invitation to pause and look backwards so that we may best move forward in the new year. As we accept that invitation, the Ignatian Center team is excited and proud to share many points of success from the unique and challenging recent months. This reflection helps form a foundation for us, upon which we look forward to 2021.

Wishing you and your loved ones a joyful and healthy holiday season.

Michael Nuttall
Interim Executive Director

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BANNAN FORUM | Mission Mondays

In an effort to keep the SCU community connected to our mission, we created the Mission Mondays email series.  Highlighting the depth and breadth of our mission while offering resources for those interested in learning more about how their work is connected to the Jesuit, Catholic mission of SCU, the series has proven popular with over 988 views from a range of audiences and has developed into a program that will continue even after we are back on campus.


With respect for the very full schedules and seemingly endless virtual commitments of our Faculty and Staff, we launched Sensible, a down-to-earth guided contemplation series grounded in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The program was a huge success with 34 Faculty and Staff committed to eight-weeks of guided contemplations, meditation training, spiritual conversation, and spiritual direction.

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THRIVING NEIGHBORS | Community Leaders

When the Thriving Neighbors community Leadership Group had to pivot to virtual meetings, the Center worked to provide the 9 members with training sessions on Zoom and conducted additional trainings on Google Workspace Applications. The leaders have reported that this training has improved their self-esteem and they are proud of all that they have learned.


This fall we facilitated virtual service placements for over 200 students in conjunction with their service-learning courses. Student experiences ranged from tutoring children of essential workers in a virtual classroom, to developing and delivering an anti-racist curriculum for middle school students. All of our new programming was faciltated through Zoom, and supported with a variety of new, virtual "products" that are available to complement the Arrupe experience, including live stream meetings with agency personnel working on the front llines to combat the pandemics of Covid-19, racism, the economic downturn and environmental destruction.

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IMMERSIONS | Ignatian Solidarity Network

In response to their time at the Ignatian Solidarity Network's Migration Justice Summit this summer, 5 students designed their own immigration-focused projects throughout the Fall quarter. One group hosted a letter writing workshop with 29 fellow student participants who sent letters of support to individuals in detention centers.


This past summer 8 Jean Donovan Fellows each complete 100 hours of service. 4 of those fellows went on to continue their fellowships into the Fall quarter. Overall, the virtual fellowship provided more opportunities for group bonding as well as small group formation, and ultimately led us to establish the new Ignatian Fellowship for students this Winter quarter.

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