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Applications for Summer 2021 are now closed.

Please contact Valerie Sarma at vsarma@scu.edu if you have any questions.

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Building a Life Disconnected from Home

Excitement, gratitude, sadness and nerves - all the feelings Sri Ramesh '17 carries with her as she embarks on a 10-month AIF Clinton Fellowship in Puducherry, India. Although eager to escape the stress of Silicon Valley culture and return to the location of her 2016 Jean Donovan Fellowship, she recognizes the bittersweet possibility that her life may never be quite the same when she returns.


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Promoting Love, Positivity, & Solidarity

Ciara Moezidis ‘21, ASG Senator and 2018 Jean Donovan Fellow, strives to emulate the best of the #BodyPosi movement with the #BroncoPosi campaign. #BroncoPosi's purpose is to encourage love, promote positivity, and increase solidarity among all groups, addressing the many stigmas and stereotypes that minority groups face on campus.


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 6 weeks or longer. The Fellowship provides $2,500 in grant funding to recipients who work a minimum of 30 hours/week with a non-profit organization. Due to COVID-19, all fellowship placements for summer 2021 will be virtual. All undergraduate students who will be returning to Santa Clara University for the following year are eligible. The grant funding is intended to be used as a stipend for students who engage in unpaid work in their communities. 


 APPLICATIONS FOR THE SUMMER 2021 JEAN DONOVAN FELLOWSHIP ARE OPEN AND DUE MARCH 1. 

For more information, watch the recording of our latest information session.

2021 Jean Donovan Fellowship Information Session

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. Fellows deepen their understanding of solidarity and vocation through pre-and post-experience meetings that engage students in reflective practices informed by Ignatian Spirituality. For summer 2021 Fellowship placements will be virtual.

Central to the Jean Donovan Fellowship are the relationships that Fellows develop with individuals and communities. It is through these relationships that Fellows begin to deepen their understanding of solidarity and vocation and work toward these learning objectives.

  1. Cultivate a greater understanding of the assets and challenges facing the community in which the Fellow works.

  2. Grow in commitment to specific key virtues of solidarity, simplicity, and compassion/empathy.

  3. Develop a broader and deepening understanding of personal vocation.

  4. Develop a deepened faith life.

  5. Explore the meaning and intersections of service, authenticity, and humility.

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 its 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 as 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.

 

Killed in El Salvador: An American Story

Accompaniment-based Service - At the heart of the Jean Donovan Fellowship is that idea that Fellows accompany people and communities with less access to wealth, power and privilege. Fellows should seek placements that offer opportunities to work directly with or alongside people served by the organization.

Simple Living - A core value of the Jean Donovan Fellowship is simplicity. Donovan Fellows are asked to embrace this value, which is rooted in the Ignatian value of Detachment. Living simply fosters increased presence, attentiveness to environmental sustainability.

Placement, Location, Dates - Fellows should seek a placement with a non-profit community-based organization where Fellows work is accompaniment-based service. Suggested plan for communicating with organizations includes:

A. Fellows are encouraged to do thoughtful research before reaching out to organizations. 

B. Fellows are expected to work for 6 weeks, or longer and with start dates during the weeks of June 21, 28 or July 5 and according end dates are as follows: weeks of July 26, Aug 2, or Aug 9. Start and end dates for the Fellowship can be based on Fellows’ availability and organizational needs.

C. Fellows are encouraged to reach out to 1+ organizations via email and phone and should have a minimum of 1 phone conversation with volunteer coordinator/supervisor at the organization. Fellows are expected to work for 6 weeks or longer. Questions that may guide those conversations are below. Also refer to the 2021 JDF Placement Toolkit Update for detailed information on outreach and communication with placement organizations. 

  1. Tell me more about the programs/services your organization offers.
  2. What are the community needs your organization is addressing? 
  3. Tell me about some of the clients or community served through your organization.
  4. What are current issues facing your organization and community?
  5. Is there an opportunity for me to work virtually in a role of community-based service with your organization and what might this look like?

Recommended Organizations - In recent years Fellows have worked and had very meaningful experiences with the following organizations:

    1. Sacred Heart Community Service - San Jose 
    2. St. Anthony Foundation - San Francisco 
    3. Faithful Fools - San Francisco 
    4. Rachel’s Women’s Center - San Diego 
    5. International Rescue Committee - Various locations
    6. Virginia Garcia Memorial Health - Portland 
    7. Child Family Health International - Various locations, * Gold Standard for Healthcare placement
    8. Maryknoll Lay Missioners - Kenya & Tanzania 
    9. Maximo Nivel - Various locations

Budget - Fellows receive $2000 in spring 2021 and will receive an additional $500 in Fall or Winter Quarter following their Fellowship. Fellows have equally meaningful experiences regardless of budgetary constraints. Fellows are eligible to seek funding through other SCU programs as well as outside of the University.

 

All applicants should attend 1 of the following virtual JDF information sessions. 

January 28  |  5:30-6:30 PM
February 24  |  10:00-11:00 AM

Click here to register for the information session. 

Application Deadline - March 1, 2021 by 11:59 PM

Applicant Virtual Interviews - March 1 - 12, 2021

Applicant Notification - March 17, 2021

Applicant Confirmation - April 1, 2021

Eligibility - Santa Clara undergraduate students in good academic and behavioral standing who will be returning to campus during the 2021-2022 academic year are eligible to apply for the Jean Donovan Summer Fellowship. Students studying abroad for 1 quarter or semester during the 2021-2022 academic year are also eligible to apply.

Applicants are responsible for contacting and applying to work virtually with a non-profit community-based organization of their choice domestically. 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:

Helpful Hints

Community-based Organization Resources

2021 JDF Placement Toolkit Update

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

  • Santa Clara undergraduate students in good academic and behavioral standing who will be returning to campus during the 2020-2021 academic year are eligible to apply for the Jean Donovan Summer Fellowship. Students studying abroad for 1 quarter or semester during the 2020-2021 academic year are eligible to apply. 
  • Applicants are responsible for contacting and applying to work with a non-profit community-based organization of their choice domestically. 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 (See Application process for links to these sections). Fellows seeking support with this process should contact Valerie Sarma, Senior Program Director for Student Engagement and Special Projects at vsarma@scu.edu.
  • Due to safety and other risk management concerns as of now all Fellowship placements will be virtual.
  • Donovan Fellows are expected to work virtually for a minimum of 30 hours/week with a non-profit community-based organization locally, domestically or abroad for 6 weeks or longer during summer 2021. 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 $2500. Of these funds $2000 is awarded in spring 2021and the remaining funds will be awarded in fall 2021 after all Fellows have submitted reflection responses and fully participated in the retreat.
  • Donovan Fellows participate in 4 meetings (1 hr./mtg.) during the spring quarter.
    • Thursday, May 6th,  5:30-6:45PM
    • Thursday, May 13th, 5:30-6:45PM
    • Thursday, May 20th, 5:30-6:45 PM
    • Thursday, May 27th, 5:30-6:45 PM
  • Donovan Fellows participate in a weekend retreat to discuss and reflect upon their summer experiences during the fall quarter (winter quarter if students are abroad in the fall).
  • Donovan Fellows participate in 2-3 additional meetings during the 2021-2022 academic year including meeting with Listening Companion, supporting marketing & communications efforts on behalf of the Fellowship.
  • Donovan Fellows participate in the selection process and preparation process for the following year's recipients in Winter and Spring quarters 2022.

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 2021 Jean Donovan Fellows 

This summer, the 2021 Jean Donovan Fellows will engage with communities from around the country and around the world - virtually. 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!
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Chanel
Bullock '22

Major:
Psychology
Placement:
SCU's tUrn
Santa Clara, CA

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Elizabeth
Chimalpopoca '23

Major:
Accounting
Placement:
Independent School Alliance
Culver City, CA

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Maria
De La Lima '22

Major:
Child Studies
Placement:
EduCare Foundation
Los Angeles, CA

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Preeti
Devulapalli '23

Major:
Management Information Systems
Placement:
The Arc
Portland, OR

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Rosalie
Dillon '22

Major:
Psychology
Placement:
YouthSpace
San Jose, CA

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Sasha
Eros '23

Major:
Psychology
Placement:
Sacred Heart Community Service
San Jose, CA

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Natalie
Henriquez '23

Major:
History/Philosophy
Placement:
Community Legal Services
East Palo Alto, CA

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Natalie
Hoffman '23

Major:
Bioengineering
Placement:
Heartfire Missions
Arizona

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Jessica
Hwang '22

Major:
Child Studies
Placement:
Sacred Heart Community Service
San Jose, CA

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Jacqui
Jones '23

Major:
Public Health Science
Placement:
Faithful Fools
San Francisco, CA

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Gloria
Karekezi '23

Major:
Public Health Science
Placement:
SCU's tUrn
Santa Clara, CA

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Maryam
Khatoon '22

Major:
Sociology
Placement:
International Rescue Committee
San Jose, CA

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Carolyn
Kuimelis '22

Major:
Communication
Placement:
Sacred Heart Community Service
San Jose, CA

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Yvonne
Lu '22

Major:
Biology
Placement:
Sonrisas Dental Health
San Mateo, CA

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Robert
O'Brien '23

Major:
Political Science
Placement:
Project Fleri
Annapolis, Maryland

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Dhanya
Paul 
'23

Major:
Neuroscience
Placement:
StandUp for Kids
Silicon Valley, CA

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Liliana
Regpala '22

Major:
Child Studies
Placement:
Sacred Heart Community Service
San Jose, CA

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Ciera
Robinson '22

Major:
Political Science
Placement:
La Mesa Verde at Sacred Heart Community Services
San Jose, CA

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Marie
Schauer '22

Major:
Biology
Placement:
The Primary School
East Palo Alto, CA

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Meghana
Sinnappan '22

Major:
Public Health Science
Placement:
Sex Ed for Social Change
Washington DC

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Oladayo
Thomas '22

Major:
Political Science
Placement:
Soccer Without Borders
Oakland, CA

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Kimberly
Wood '24

Major:
Political Science
Placement:
SCU's tUrn
Santa Clara, CA

Past Fellows

Summer 2020 Fellows

Shakira Asuncion Perez '23 Northeast Legal Aid, Lawrence, MA
Jessica Britt '21 International Rescue Committee (IRC), Sacramento, CA
Holden Gordon '21 Andre House, Phoenix, AZ
Seamus Hudnut '20 (MS '21)        D-Rev, San Francisco, CA
Emma McCurry '21 La Mesa Verde, Sacred Heart Community Service, San Jose, CA
Claire Murphy '22 Compass Center for Women and Families, Chapel Hill, NC
Caitlin Toth '21 Community Housing Works, San Diego, CA
May Wallace '21 Kagha la Themba, South Africa
     

Summer 2019 Fellows

Abigail Alvarez '22 RespectAbility National Leadership Program, Washington DC
Kendra Bean '20 Malama | Ke Ola Health Center, Maui, Hawaii
Benjamin Davidson '20 Parker Bounds Johnson Foundation & Four Worlds United, Portland, OR
Lorena Delgado Marquez '22        Mount Saint Vincent, Denver, CO
Ali Fetter '21 IVHQ, San Jose, Costa Rica
Hiwad Haider '22 International Rescue Committee, Oakland, CA
Hana Seastedt '20 Swiss-Laos Hospital, Laos
Gladys Hilerio '20 Esperanza International, Tijuana, Baja CA, Mexico
Christian Jimenez '21 Maximo Nivel, Cusco, Peru
Maya Kuchan '21 IVHQ, Kathmandu, Nepal
Christopher  Lundrud '20 Parque por la Paz Villa Grimaldi, Santiago, Chile
Vidya Pingali '20 HEAL Charity: Health & Education for All, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
Victoria Salcedo '21 Rachel's Women's Center - Catholic Charities, San Diego, CA
Riley Scherr '21 IVHQ, San Jose, Costa Rica
Emily Swanson '21 Sacred Heart Community Service, San Jose, CA

Summer 2018 Fellows

Annalicia Anaya '20 International Institute of the Bay, San Francisco, California
Lauren Cherrey '21 Vive Peru, Tujillo, Peru
Kristin Godfrey '19 Root & Rebound, Oakland, California
Mary Maas '21 Women's Lunch Place, Boston, Massachusetts
Richard Matthews '19 Jesuits Province, Talasari, India
Makda Mehari '20 Placement via National Union of Eritrean Youth, Eritrea
Ciara Moezidis '21 Maximo Nivel, Cusco, Peru
Victoria Montes '21 ELI Abroad - Focus Area: Youth, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Maria Muñoz Yepez '19 IVHQ Quito/Inti School, Ecuador
Javier Ortega '20 Sacred Heart Community Service, San Jose, California
Samantha Perez '19 Connect 1-2-3 - Focus Area: Human Rights, Argentina
Christopher Tian '21 IVHQ, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Vivian Vo '20 Momentum Crisis Center, Concord, California
Kaitlin Wheeler '19 IVHQ - Focus Area: Environmental Justice, Philippines
Madeline Wilcox '19 BorderLinks, Tucson, Arizona

Summer 2017 Fellows

Nicholas Chan Abalimi, Cape Town, South Africa
Sarah Craven Vive Peru, Peru
Bridget Flaherty Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, Masiphumelele, South Africa
Ciaran Freeman Commonweal Magazine, New York City, New York
Jack Herstam The Message Trust, Cape Town, South Africa
Madison Hokans-Csurilla International Volunteer HQ, Uganda
Margaret Kathryn LaFountain The Telling Room, Portland, Maine
Jessica Lew-Munoz St. Raphael's Roman Catholic School, Cape Town, South Africa
Talia Menezes YWCA of Bangalore, Bangalore, India
Harshitha Mogallapalli The Mountain Volunteer/Her Farm, Nepal
Jenna Salinas Center for Employment Training-Immigration and Citizenship Program, San Jose, CA
Cooper Scherr Projects Abroad, Cusco, Peru
Veronica Shulte Virginia Garcia Memorial Health, Portland, OR
Nicholas Spragg Nomi Network, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Grace Zimmerman Narayan Seva Children's Home, Bali, indonesia

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