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The Ignatian Center is excited to offer access to a virtual teach-in for students seeking an opportunity to explore the intersection of contemplation and justice-based action. This Fall opportunity is hosted in conjunction with the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s Virtual Teach In from October 24-26th. Students will commit to participating with an SCU delegation, together examining how we can bring “Prophetic Resilience” to the SCU and their local home community. The goal of the program is to explore the intersection of reflection and social justice action and to build community alongside other justice minded SCU classmates. Following the Teach-In, students have the option to apply for a virtual fellowship in the Winter Quarter, concretizing the skills they gained through the Teach-In into a meaningful solidarity action project in their local communities. More details to follow.  

Who should participate? 

  • Students interested in contemplation and social justice 
  • Students who want to connect with the Jesuit network across the country
  • Students looking for an opportunity for combining reflection with action planning 
  • Students looking to build community with social justice minded classmates 

Benefits

  • Teach In registration fee covered by the Ignatian Center; this includes 9 months of access to the online content 
  • Build a network with students at other Jesuit universities and a more tight knit community here at SCU alongside other SCU Solidarity in Action Fellows 
  • Build a helpful toolkit for action planning 
  • Build a helpful toolkit for exploring meditation, mindfulness, and contemplation 

 Fall Quarter Commitment (all are mandatory)

  • 1 one-hour-long prep meeting with Ignatian Center staff: Week of October 12 (time/day tbd) 
  • Full Weekend Virtual Conference: October 24-26
    • This year’s theme is “Prophetic Resilience: Breaking Down. Building Up” 
    • See schedule of events here 
    • See keynote speakers here
    • The group will be “attending” together as an SCU delegation and may have 1-2 additional group reflections
  • 2 one-hour-long Follow Up meetings during  Week 7 and 9 (time/day tbd) 
  • Evaluative follow up with the Ignatian Center (approximately 1 hour) 
  • Total time commitment: ~20 hours (4 hours outside of weekend retreat) 

Deadline: Applications are due Sunday, October 11th at midnight. 

Registration

  • If you are able to make the commitment as outlined above, please fill out the application by Sunday, October 11th at midnight. 
  • For any questions or comments, please reach out to immersions@scu.edu.

 

Solidarity in Action Fellows

At the end of the quarter, students who participated in the Teach-In will have the option to apply to be a Solidarity in Action Fellow and earn a $250 stipend. Commitment outlined below, and more details to be provided in the Fall Quarter. 

Winter Quarter Commitment 

  • Student-designed project focused on local advocacy and action to be completed by March 5th (end of week 9) 
    • On your own time (~15 hours) 
    • Project must be approved by Ignatian Center staff
    • Note: projects can be done in small groups or as individuals 
  • 4 one-hour-long meetings with Ignatian Center staff focused on what it means to be a contemplative in action 
    • Meetings held Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 (time/day tbd) 
    • Contemplative meetings - focused on how to be a contemplative in action 
    • Some time may be required to prepare for these meetings (short readings, podcasts, videos, etc.) 
  • 500-700 word write up outlining project (more details to come) 
  • Evaluative follow up with the Ignatian Center (approximately 1 hour) 
  • Total time commitment: ~20 hours 

***All Teach-In participants are able to join for the contemplatives in action meetings with the Ignatian Center staff even if they opt not to design their own project. They would just not qualify for the stipend. 

 Benefits

  • Fellows will receive a $250 stipend upon completion of their project and submission of their write up (some time in the Winter quarter) 
  • Students will have access to a $500 budget for action planning 
  • Deepen tools for exploring meditation, mindfulness, and contemplation 

For any questions or comments, please reach out to immersions@scu.edu.