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The Ignatian Center and Our Community

Rooted in a faith that does justice, the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education partners with local community organizations whose members and clients serve as co-educators for Santa Clara University students. Informed by and in conversation with Catholic social tradition, the Center facilitates community-based learning opportunities that underscore commitments to the common good, universal human dignity, justice as participation, and solidarity with marginalized communities.


Programmatic Values

  • Reflecting a commitment to solidarity, SCU-community partnerships (and students’ encounters in the community) are marked by mutuality and reciprocal relationships.
  • Community partners support student learning regarding dimensions of power and privilege from their own experiences of resilience in the face of struggle or vulnerability.
  • Participating faculty guide students in identifying and probing integral connections between course content and community context.
  • Students’ experiences and assignments from various disciplines prompt reflection about their citizenship in local and global communities, moral development and vocational discernment.
  • ICJE staff supports all participants in drawing deeper connections with key intellectual resources of the distinctively Jesuit, Catholic tradition of education.
San Jose Project Brings SCU Community into Contact with Poverty

The Santa Clara, Vol 64 No 13 3 April 1986

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    A Thriving Community

    The mural, an explosion of colors, covered one wall of a portable classroom at Washington Elementary school in San Jose. A group of children—3rd and 4th graders—excitedly gathered around it. The mural had been designed by them and to see it come to life through the volunteer painting efforts of local artists brought a smile to their faces.

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    Serving Locally, Serving Globally

    Entering SCU as a baseball player and finance major, Anthony Hascheff didn't expect his Santa Clara education to lead him to the Peace Corps. But the experiences he had at SCU— including work as a Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative intern in the Washington neighborhood— opened his eyes to a new path.

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