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People for Others

As we wrap up the second week of the fall quarter, it feels like Santa Clara University’s campus life is in full swing. It is a joy to see students walking to and from class (with masks in place or at least at-the-ready) and to witness their excitement in being back together. I take the University’s high vaccination rate (98% for students and 97% for faculty and staff) as a sign of our diligence in creating a safe learning and working environment for everyone at SCU.

Activities are also in full swing at the Ignatian Center, as we continue to create ways to engage students, faculty, and staff in the Jesuit Catholic mission of the University. From Immersion trips, to new Student Fellowship opportunities, to a weekly lunchtime Examen, we are committed to carrying out that mission and developing people for others. Our feature story, Walking Between Worlds, highlights the success of that commitment in the story of Adriana Meza Gutierrez Ma, SCU grad, former Thriving Neighbors program director, and a true “person for others.”

We also look forward to welcoming back the Ignatian Center Advisory Board for the fall meeting on October 11th and welcoming new board member, Fr. Stephen Pitts, SJ, a graduate of the Jesuit School of Theology. Our focus for the meeting will be sharing wisdom gathered from our COVID experiences as we renew in-person programming and then engaging in the fellowship that always underlies our work.

In the spirit of the Ignatian Year, the 500 year anniversary since St. Ignatius’ “cannonball moment,” we must consider the cannonball moment of COVID as we turn our hearts and minds more intentionally to forming people for others - here, there, and everywhere.

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

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Adriana Meza Gutierrez Ma '15, MA '18 is a pro at nestling in the nexus, walking between worlds, and integrating identities that normally live in opposition to each other. Although she works very hard to make sure others get the spotlight, we recently had the opportunity to sit down with her and discuss the trajectory of her career as a “person for others.”

Read Adriana's Story Here

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As the SCU community returns to campus, we are thrilled to offer both in-person and virtual ways for our faculty and staff to engage with each other and with our shared mission. Through these programs, SCU faculty and staff will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of SCU’s Jesuit, Catholic mission and make it their own.

Learn about Faculty & Staff Involvement Opportunities Here

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We are so excited to have students back on campus and provide them with in-person opportunities to deepen their understanding of social justice issues. From winter break Immersions to Fellowship opportunities, students are able to experience the true meaning of a Jesuit Education and become people for others.

Learn about Student Involvement Opportunities Here

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