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Post Arrupe Resources


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

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, ESL Course, 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. Summer engagement opportunities may be available!

Become a mentor with the Thriving Neighbors After-School Programs

Would you like to paint a mural with 3rd & 4th graders or 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.

Explore opportunities through SCCAP

SCCAP (Santa Clara Community Action Program) is a student-run organization that offers opportunities for community involvement through service, advocacy, activism, and leadership. Programs range from tutoring elementary students to helping out at a family housing shelter to advocating for workers' rights.

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. The next application cycle is for Winter Break 2017 Immersions. Applications open in September. 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.  

Apply to be a Global Social Benefit Fellow
The Global Social Benefit Fellowship provides a comprehensive program of mentored, field-based study, and action research within the Global Social Benefit Institute worldwide network of social entrepreneurs. The fellowship combines a fully-funded, 6-8 week summer field experience in the developing world with two quarters of academically rigorous campus research. Juniors are eligible.
Attend Bannan Institute Events and Roundtable Dialogues

Santa Clara Lecture: “Gendered Theologies and the Common Good”

Susannah Cornwall is Advanced Research Fellow in Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter, UK, and Director of EXCEPT (Exeter Centre for ethics and Practical Theology). The lecture will focus on discerning spiritual care pathways with transgender and intersex people for Christian theology and pastoral care.

  • October 12, 2017: 4-5:30pm in St. Clare Room



Roundtable Dialogue on Gender Justice

Roundtable dialogue featuring contributions from the Gender Justice and the Common Good Faculty Collaborative

  • November 8, 2017: 12-1:15pm in the Williman Room


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
Attend the Ignatian Family Teach-In

The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) is an annual gathering for members of the Ignatian family (Jesuit institutions and larger church) to come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together. It is a place where people are empowered, re-energized, inspired, challenged, and supported by a community that sees faith and justice integrally linked. If you would like to get involved with IFTJ, please contact Matt Smith.

Opportunities for Reflection

Experience a Campus Ministry sponsored retreat

Campus Ministry invites the university community to participate in a variety of retreat experiences throughout the year. Each retreat has a unique focus, ranging from contemplation and discernment to fellowship. A list of the various retreat offerings, as well as retreat applications, can be found online on the Campus Ministry website.

Join a CLC small group

CLC stands for Christian Life Community. We’re a community of 250+ members….We meet in small groups of 5-7 students for about an hour a week to bond and explore our faith and vocation. We also gather for large group activities:  social, prayers and discussion, and service projects. If interested, fill out the CLC Registration form.

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.