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Creating a More Just World

On October 15, 2021 Santa Clara University celebrated the new Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. SCU’s president, senior leaders, trustees, donors, and alumni - including California Governor Gavin Newsome ‘89 - attended, joyful to be together again and to launch another step in the University's commitment to a more just, sustainable world.

As mid-quarter approaches, the Ignatian Center staff and students share the same joy of being together. We also feel a deep sense of satisfaction to see our programs - both virtual and in-person - bear fruit in the students' lives. In our students' reflections we hear how they are developing into compassionate "people for others."

We created the Ignatian Fellowship in late 2020 to serve students during the Covid-enforced separations. Although students were learning remotely, they still desired opportunities to deepen their commitment to social justice and support communities that they cared about. While our inaugural “class” of eight students completed their fellowships virtually, we are offering a hybrid model this Winter Quarter, with both virtual and in-person service. We anticipate awarding more than twenty students this opportunity to accompany and learn from partner communities.

Earlier this month, the Ignatian Center hosted over 20 students for the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Virtual Conference “Imagining a Path Forward.” With speakers ranging from a death row inmate and author to the Executive Director of Catholic Charities, students gained new perspectives that reignited their desire to create a more just world - here, there, and everywhere.

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

Alison Benders (square)

ISN Teach in for Justice

Imagining a Path Forward

This month the Ignatian Center hosted 22 students from the ELSJ course "Human Suffering and Hope" for the Ignatian Solidarity Network's Virtual Teach-In for Justice "Imagining a Path Forward." With speakers ranging from Lyle May, death row inmate and author, to Sr. Norma Pimentel, Catholic Charities Executive Director, students walked away from the conference with a renewed sense of purpose and kinship. 

Read Their Reflections Here

Ignatian Fellow Afton Burrell Square

From Fellowship to Full Time!

As an Ignatian Fellow, Afton Burrell '21 spent the winter quarter of her senior year working with A Step Ahead Foundation. The experience was so fulfilling that she stayed on with the non-profit organization and upon graduation was offered her current position as Marketing Communications Manager.

Learn More About Afton's Experience

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