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Faculty and Staff Involvement Opportunities


The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education provides ways for SCU faculty, staff, and administrators to deepen their understanding of SCU’s Jesuit, Catholic mission, to make it their own, and to discover and experience some of the many faces of Ignatian spirituality.


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    FACULTY SEMINAR | Labor and Economic Justice within the Catholic Intellection Tradition

    The Ignatian Center’s Bannan Forum offers this faculty seminar to explore the Catholic intellectual tradition (CIT) and its relationship to scholarship, service, and teaching. The seminar will deepen faculty’s knowledge and engagement with Santa Clara’s Jesuit, Catholic intellectual tradition as a reference point and resource for their work. In addition, faculty will have the opportunity to explore the relationship between faith, reason, and culture in contemporary society. 

    Seminar registration is now open.


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    BANNAN FORUM | Mission Integration Grants

    The Ignatian Center's Bannan Forum awards grants to faculty and staff to support deeper integration of the mission and tradition of Santa Clara University into their teaching, research, or programs. In addition, the grants seek to promote and make accessible the comprehensive humanism of the Jesuit intellectual heritage, bringing it to bear on contemporary global realities, and to encourage intellectual discourse among faculty, staff, and students. Projects can take various forms, such as curriculum and course development; research and writing; and mission-based programming and initiatives targeted at students, faculty, staff, and/or the wider community. Proposals that are interdisciplinary or draw members from more than one unit on campus are particularly encouraged.

    Call for grant proposals will be sent to the campus community on September 27.


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    SENSIBLE | A Down-to-Earth Spiritual Exercises Program

    This quarterly spirtual program is rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and is designed for SCU Faculty and Staff, keeping their very full schedules in mind. Sensible is an easy-to-use, gently guided, and extremely sensible way to dip your spiritual toes into the vast waters of Ignatian Spirituality. The program includes one info session, one spiritual exercise per week, and four group sharing sessions over the course of the quarter.

    Fall Registration is now open.


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    LUNCHTIME EXAMEN | 8 Minutes of Pause, Together

    SCU's Division of Mission and Ministry hosts a weekly 8-minute Lunchtime Examen every Friday starting October 1 for all students, faculty, and staff. The Examen was created by St. Ignatius of Loyola as a technique of mindful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect the presence and invitation of the Divine.

    A team of faculty, staff, and students will take turns leading the Examen each Friday over Zoom. Aware of just how much we are all going through these days, the team hopes to provide a calm, welcoming presence for 8 minutes each week as we journey together in community through the Examen. We hope students, faculty, and staff from any religious, secular, or spiritual identity feel supported and welcomed in this experience.

    FRIDAYS  |  12:51 PM - 12:59 PM


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    IGNATIAN DNA | Foundations in Our Ignatian Tradition

    This four-part series introduces faculty and staff to the basic history and concepts of the Jesuit, Catholic tradition of Santa Clara University. Participants meet to discuss readings with a cohort of other faculty and staff members as a means to illuminate and activate the Ignatian tradition in their work. Sessions focus on the history of the Jesuits and Jesuit education, core concepts of Jesuit education, the intellectual and spiritual tradition, and justice in the Ignatian tradition.

    Fall 2021  |  Staff  |  Tuesdays, 12 Noon - 1 PM  |  October 5, 12, 19, and 26


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    MISSION MONDAYS | Virtual Program

    This email series serves as an opportunity to connect with and celebrate the mission and tradition that unites our campus and the wider Jesuit network. Whether in times of crisis or in everyday situations, a deep engagement with the Jesuit mission shapes our actions and underpins our transformative vision of higher education. The mission of our institution also binds us together as we educate global citizens of conscience, competence, and compassion.  


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    SEARCH FOR WHAT MATTERS | Virtual Program

    This popular, in-person luncheon speaker series provides a space for the discussion of core values and experiences among SCU faculty, staff, students, and alumni. With SCU's ongoing social distancing requirements, we have continued to offer this program virtually, through regularly scheduled emails. While we can’t recreate the environment of the Williman Room during lunch, this reimagined format has proven to be a fun way to connect with members of our SCU community. 


If you would like to explore how Jesuit Education and Ignatian Spirituality can be incorporated into your course or student programming, please contact the Ignatian Center.