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Donovan Fellowships

The Jean Donovan Summer Fellowship (JDF) is named in honor of Jean Donovan, an American woman who lived, worked, and died in solidarity with the impoverished and oppressed of El Salvador in the 1980s. This Fellowship is designed to support undergraduate 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 non-profit organization locally, domestically, or abroad. All undergraduate students who will be returning to Santa Clara University for the following year are eligible. The grant funding is intended to help cover costs for the summer experience, such as travel, lodging, and program costs. It may also be used as a stipend for students who engage in unpaid work in the community closer to home. It may not be used toward formal study abroad programs.

The Jean Donovan Fellowship offers undergraduates a high-impact community-based experience rooted in the Ignatian Center's mission of a Faith that does Justice. Fellows work with organizations in communities with little access to wealth, power and privilege in the US and internationally. Fellows deepen their understanding of solidarity and vocation through pre-and post-experience gatherings that engage students in reflective practices informed by Ignatian Spirituality.

Jean Donovan was a lay American woman who went to El Salvador in 1977. Jean was seeking more meaning and purpose with her life and after local volunteer work in Cleveland she went to El Salvador to work with war refugees. Jean had very little knowledge of where El Salvador was or it’s history but a strong conviction that it was where she was meant to be. Jean accompanied a refugee community in La Libertad and was providing nutrition, shelter and transportation to communities facing devastation during the war.

 

“Jean Donovan was twenty-six years old when she went to El Salvador, and she was very much a child of her time. She was not a saint or a hero. She was idealistic and vulnerable; she had a great sense of fun, and she was hungry for life and experience.”

-Salvador Witness: The Life and Calling of Jean Donovan by Ana Carrigan p. 8

 

“What moved me about Jean’s story and what compelled me to want to write about her, was her youth, her accessibility, the integrity and modesty with which she approached her task as a lay missioner, and her political naivete. She never lost the innocence she brought to the complicated world in which she found herself. Jean was not trying to impress anyone. She went to El SAlvador searching for more meaning and purpose in her life. She found what she was looking for helping the war victims of a humanitarian catastrophe caused by U.S. and Salvadoran government policies. Working in the refugee camps and among the orphans of El Salvador’s war, for the first time in her life she met the face of extreme poverty and need, and she was awed and humbled by what she saw. She opened up her large and generous heart and embraced this strange new culture, the culture of poverty and she did so she lived out the eternal paradox, that only by giving can you receive, and only when you are useful do you find happiness.”

-Salvador Witness: The Life and Calling of Jean Donovan by Ana Carrigan p. 9

 

Jean along with Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke, Ita Ford and Dorothy Kazel were murdered by the Salvadoran Military in December 1980. Jean’s life has come to represent an authentic transformation rooted in humility, faith and fellowship. It is increasingly important for today’s students to connect with the suffering in our world, and enable their own transformations. The Jean Donovan Fellowship allows students to create this opportunity, and the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education provides the guidance for critical reflection in a structured and nurturing environment.

 

Application Deadline - Wednesday February 14, 2018 3:00pm

Fellowship Notification – Friday, March 2, 2018

Deadline for Acceptance of Fellowship – Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Please direct any questions to Valerie Sarma, Senior Program Director for Student Engagement and Special Projects.

Eligibility - Santa Clara undergraduate students in good academic and behavioral standing who will be returning to campus during the 20178-2019 academic year are eligible to apply for the Jean Donovan Summer Fellowship. Students studying abroad for 1 quarter or semester during the 2018-2019 academic year are eligible to apply. Students that have not participated in previous summer Fellowships will be given priority over students that have participated in Summer Fellowships such as the Global Fellows and Global Social Benefit Fellows program.

  • Applicants are responsible for contacting and applying to work with a non-profit community-based organization of their choice. By the time of application applicants should be in contact with their desired placement to discuss plans for Fellowship experience. For assistance with this process refer to: (please make pages for these resources).
  • Helpful Hints
  • Community-based organizations resources
  • Fellows and Projects

For additional information. Fellows seeking support with this process should contact Valerie Sarma, Senior Program Director for Student Engagement and Special Projects.

  • Due to safety and other risk management concerns, Donovan Fellows are unable to work in countries where a Travel Warning has been issued by the US State Department. Please refer to the US Department of State website to see whether the country in which you are planning on working has a Travel Warning in effect.
  • Santa Clara undergraduate students in good academic and behavioral standing who will be returning to campus during the 2018-2019 academic year are eligible to apply for the Jean Donovan Summer Fellowship. Students studying abroad for 1 quarter or semester during the 2018-2019 academic year are eligible to apply. Students that have not participated in previous summer Fellowships will be given priority over students that have participated in Summer Fellowships such as the Global Fellows and Global Social Benefit Fellows program.
  • Applicants are responsible for contacting and applying to work with a non-profit community-based organization of their choice. By the time of application applicants should be in contact with desired placement to discuss plans for Fellowship experience. Refer to Helpful Hints, Program Placement Resources, and Example Projects for additional information. Fellows seeking support with this process should contact the JDF Program Director at vsarma@scu.edu.
  • Due to safety and other risk management concerns, Donovan Fellows are unable to work in countries where a Travel Warning has been issued by the US State Department. Please refer to the US Department of State website to see whether the country in which you are planning on working has a Travel Warning in effect.
  • Donovan Fellows are expected to work a minimum of 30 hours/week with a non-profit community-based organization locally, domestically or abroad for 5-7 weeks during summer 2018. Donovan Fellows are unable to receive monetary compensation from the organization for their work (without special approval from the Director of Immersions.)
  • Donovan Fellows receive a stipend of $2000. Of these funds $1500 is awarded in spring 2018 and the remaining funds will be awarded in fall 2019 after all Fellows have submitted reflection responses and fully participated in the retreat. This award may be used to cover transportation, lodging, and program costs. It may also be used as a stipend for students who engage in unpaid work in the community closer to home. It may not be used toward formal study abroad programs.

 

  • Donovan Fellows participate in 4 meetings (1.5 hr./mtg.) during the spring quarter.
    • Thurs. April 5th 5:30-7:00PM
    • Thurs. April 19th 5:30-7:00PM
    • Thurs. May 10th 5:30-7:00PM
    • Thurs. May 24th 5:30-7:00PM
  • Donovan Fellows participate in a weekend retreat to discuss and reflect upon their summer experiences during the fall quarter – September 28-30, 2018. Donovan Fellows that will study abroad in the fall quarter will have an abbreviated opportunity for reflection in winter quarter 2019.
  • Donovan Fellows participate in 2- 3 additional meetings during the fall 2018 and winter 2019 quarters.
  • Donovan Fellows participate in selection process and preparation process for the following year's recipients in Winter and Spring quarters 2019.

Laurie Laird was instrumental in implementation of the Jean Donovan Fellowship when it was created in 2000 through a gift from the Jesuit Community and leadership from Catherine Wolff. She is the Director of the Moreau Center at  University of Portland and previously served as the Associate Director of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Northwest. She leaves behind a great legacy through her leadership at the Ignatian Center and her contributions in the field of community-based learning. Through Laurie's leadership the structure for the Fellowship includes a comprehensive preparation process and post-experience retreat. Laurie worked with over 150 Jean Donovan Fellows. Many of these Fellows have considered Laurie as a mentor to them on their journey to live more fully into the Ignatian values of solidarity, simplicity and compassion.  In 2013 Laurie relocated to Portland, Oregon. She is the Director of University of Portland Moreau’s Center and previously served as the Associate Director of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Northwest. She leaves behind a great legacy through her leadership at the Ignatian Center and her contributions in the field of community-based learning. Each year a Jean Donovan Fellow seeking to work on issues related to food justice, women in the developing world or with local organizations will be selected in honor of Laurie. This Fellow will have the opportunity to share his/her proposal and to meet with Laurie. Gifts to this Fellowship should be directed to the Ignatian Center's Laurie Laird Jean Donovan Fellowship.

Summer 2017 Jean Donovan Fellows 

This past summer Jean Donovan Fellows engaged with communities in four states and seven countries. Selected host-organizations focus on social justice issues ranging from healthcare to immigration.
 
To read more about their experiences please visit our Donovan Fellowship Blog!
 

 

Summer 2016 Fellows

Alejandra

Budar

Child and Family Health International, Bolivia

Marlene

Cerritos-Rivas

Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, New Bedford, MA

Andrew (Drew)

Descourouez

Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Soweto, South Africa

Julie

Dinh

Kinh Luan School, Vietnam

Saron

Goitom

Miracle Babies, San Diego, California

Audrey

Gozali

Amartya and Agua Sustenable, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Elleni

Hailu

Walta Maternal and Child Health Care Organization, Ethiopia

Rani

Hanstad

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights Oakland, California

Maggie

May

Resilient Families Program -SCU | San Jose, California

Athena

Nguyen

Maximo Nive, Cusco, Perul

Isaac

Nieblas

Cali-Immigration, Santa Clara, California

Srisruthi

Ramesh

Equal Community Foundation Pune, India

Meheret

Semma

SOS Children's Village - Nigssie Eshetie Village, Ethiopia

Thelma

Valadez

Thriving Neighbors Initiative - SCU | San Jose, California

Kassamira

Carter-Howard

US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, Washington, DC

Sergio

Olmedo-Ramirez

CIESED, Mexico, Puebla, Mexico

Abalimi

Cape Town, South Africa

Vive Peru

Peru

Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation

Masiphumelele, South Africa

Commonweal Magazine

New York City, NY

The Message Trust

Cape Town, South Africa

International Volunteer HQ

Uganda

The Telling Room

Portland, Maine

St. Raphael's Roman Catholic School

Cape Town, South Africa

YWCA of Bangalore

Bangalore, India

The Mountain Volunteer/Her Farm

Nepal

Center for Employment Training-Immigration and Citizenship Program

San Jose, CA

Projects Abroad

Cusco, Peru

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center

Portland, OR

Nomi Network

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Narayan Seva Children's Home

Bali, Indonesia