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Dear Arrupe Students

Thank you for your active participation at your Arrupe placements throughout this past quarter. We hope it was an enriching experience to build personal relationships with community members, engage with diverse perspectives, and learn about social justice alongside of our neighboring communities external to SCU. Though your formal commitment to Arrupe Community-based Learning has ended, we are happy to connect you with our Post Arrupe Resource List! We have compiled numerous opportunities below for students who are wanting continued growth and enrichment through:

Direct Engagement in Communities

Social Justice and Civic Engagement

Additional SCU Opportunities

Opportunities for Reflection


Arrupe Weekly Engagement Team


Direct Engagement in Communities

Continue with your Arrupe Placement agency

Talk with your site supervisor about ways to stay involved at your Arrupe placement even after your Arrupe is finished. Many community organizations need extra volunteer help during the summer - check with your site supervisor about ways to stay involved! Please let us know at the Arrupe office if you do end up continuing at your placement.

Sign up for Arrupe as an independent student

If you like the structure of Arrupe Weekly Engagement, but don't have another course with the community-based learning requirement, you can register for an Arrupe placement without the course requirement. Students signing up as "independents" can sign up each quarter beginning Wednesday of week 1 of the quarter.

Get involved with a new community agency

Find out how you can get involved as a regular volunteer with any of these great agencies: Santa Maria Urban Ministry, Health Trust, CET Immigration, or Sacred Heart Community Service.

Volunteer with SCU's Thriving Neighbors Initiative

The Thriving Neighbors Initiative (TNI) builds connections between SCU and its nearby neighborhood, the Greater Washington Community of San Jose. If you’d like to get involved with programs such as community health zumba and yoga classes or community leader meetings at Washington Elementary School, contact TNI Program Director Irene Cermeño.

Become a mentor with the Thriving Neighbors After-School Programs

Would you like to build circuits with 5th graders? If you're interested in making a quarter-long commitment to serve as a mentor to elementary school students. Contact TNI Program Assistant Abby Denk.

Go on an Immersion

Immersion experiences, local, domestic, and international, are designed to help participants see the world with new eyes, to recognize the unjust suffering of marginalized communities and individuals, and to allow those experiences to inform their vocational discernment. The Ignatian Center strives to empower immersion participants to let the reality of this world into their lives, so they can learn to feel it, think about it critically, respond to its suffering, and engage it constructively. These immersion experiences, and the profound reflection to which they naturally give rise, are privileged moments of vocational discernment during which participants are uniquely invited to consider their place in the world.

Join us for an immersion. Applications for the Spring Break Immersions are open now through January 24, 2018 at 3:00 PM. Scholarships are available. Contact Charles Mansour or visit the immersions website for more information!

Apply to become a Community Development Fellow

The Community Development Fellowship is a year-long paraprofessional community-based learning experience which allows undergraduate students to obtain professional work experience in a community organization while pursuing defined learning goals and objectives. For more information, check out the website. Applications will open early Spring 2018.

Social Justice and Civic Engagement

Enrich your summer with the Jean Donovan Fellowship

The Jean Donovan Summer Fellowship is designed to encourage and support students who desire to deepen their understanding of social justice issues through a summer community-based learning experience of 5-7 weeks. The Fellowship provides $2,000 in grant funding to recipients who work a minimum of 30 hours/week with a community-based non-profit organization locally, domestically or abroad. All undergraduate students who will be returning to Santa Clara University for the following year are eligible to apply. Applications for the Summer 2018 Fellowships open in October 2017 (Fellowships for Summer 2017 have been selected.) If you have questions email our immersions office.  

Listen to the Bannan Institutes Podcast: INTEGRAL

Listen to the Bannan Institute podcast: INTEGRAL

INTEGRAL is a quarterly series exploring the question: "Is There a Common Good in Our Common Home?" as it relates to issues of Racial Justice, Economic Justice, Gender Justice and Environmental Justice.
Listen or download at or on soundcloud at

Additional SCU Opportunities

Explore opportunities through SCCAP

SCCAP (Santa Clara Community Action Program)

Experience a Campus Ministry sponsored retreat

SCU Campus Ministry

Join a CLC small group

Christian Life Community

Opportunities for Reflection

Find your favorite on-campus Meditation Space

The SCU campus offers us so many beautiful spaces that are great environments for meditation and reflection. Try spending some time out of your busy day for meditation in a different space.

Practice the Ignatian Examen

The Examen is a regular practice of reviewing the events and experiences of one's day and reflecting on the invitation of the spirit present there. Join Theresa Ladrigan Whelply in a guided practice of the examen offered on Fridays from 12:30 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Multifaith Sanctuary, St. Joseph's Hall during the academic year. All are welcome.