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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 6-8 weeks. The Fellowship provides $2,500 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 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 with less access to wealth, power and privilege. Fellows should seek placements and be in a role to work directly with or alongside people served by the host organization for a minimum of 25 hours/week and can work in an administrative role for 5+ hours/ week. Fellows are expected to work a minimum of 30 hours/week for 6-8 weeks. 

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 and may be closer aligned to daily living for folks in the communities where Fellows are working. 

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:

    1. Fellows are encouraged to do thoughtful research before reaching out to organizations. 
    2. 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 6-8 weeks and can determine specific dates for Fellowship based on their availability and organizational needs.  Questions that may guide those conversations are the following:
      1. Tell me more about the programs/services your organization offers.
      2. What are 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 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 - Budget is a very important consideration. Fellows receive $2000 in spring 2020 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. In light of the programs, core value of simplicity total funding should not exceed $5,000. All additional funding beyond $2,500 must be approved by JDF Program Director. 

 

There will be two rounds for review of applications. Students may submit their application before either application deadline. Applications reviewed in Round I will be accepted or student will be provided with suggested revisions and encouraged to re-submit the application by Round II deadline.

Application Deadline - Round I - Sunday, December 1, 2019 by 11:59 PM

Applicant Notification - Round I - Thursday, December 12, 2019

Applicant Confirmation - Round I - Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Application Deadline - Round II - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by 11:59 PM

Applicant Notification - Round II - Friday, February 21, 2020

Applicant Confirmation - Round II - Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Eligibility - 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 or abroad. 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

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 or abroad. 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, Donovan Fellows are unable to work in countries where a Travel Advisory of level 3 or 4  has been issued by the US State Department. Please refer to the US Department of State website to read through the travel advisory for the country in which you are planning to work.
  • Donovan Fellows are expected to work a minimum of 30 hours/week with a non-profit community-based organization locally, domestically or abroad for 6-8 weeks, or longer during summer 2020. 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 2020 and the remaining funds will be awarded in fall 2020 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 hr./mtg.) during the spring quarter.
    • Tuesday, April 14th 5:45-6:45PM
    • Tuesday, April 21st, 5:45-6:45PM
    • Tuesday, April 28th 5:45-7:15PM
    • Tuesday, May 5th 5:45-7:15PM
    • Tuesday, May 26th 5:45-6:45PM
  • Donovan Fellows participate in an overnight retreat in Spring 2020 - Friday, April 17th at 5:00PM - Saturday, April 18th at Noon.
  • Donovan Fellows participate in a weekend retreat to discuss and reflect upon their summer experiences during the fall quarter – September 17 -18,2020 (OR winter quarter if students are abroad in the fall).
  • Donovan Fellows participate in 2-3 additional meetings during the 2020-20201 academic year including: Meeting with Listening Companion, supporting marketing & communications efforts on behalf of the Fellowship.
  • Donovan Fellows participate in Ignatian Corps programs 2-3/quarter in 2020-2021.
  • Donovan Fellows participate in selection process and preparation process for the following year's recipients in Winter and Spring quarters 2021.

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 2019 Jean Donovan Fellows 

This summer, the 2019 Jean Donovan Fellows will engage with communities from around the country and around the world. 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!

Abigail Alvarez


Class of 2022 | Political Science
RespectAbility National Leadership Program
Washington, DC
 

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Kendra Bean


Class of 2020 | Psychology
Malama I Ke Ola Health Center
Maui, Hawaii

 

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Benjamin Davidson


Class of 2020 | Philosophy
The Parker Bounds Johnson Foundation
Portland, Oregon
 

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Lorena Delgado Marquez


Class of 2022 | Physics
Mount Saint Vincent
Denver, CO
 

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Ali Fetter


Class of 2021 | Political Science
IVHQ
San José, Costa Rica
 

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Hiwad Haider


Class of 2022 | Chemistry
International Rescue Committee
Oakland, California

 

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Gladys Hilerio


Class of 2020 | Computer Science & Engineering
Esperanza International
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
 

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Christian Jimenez


Class of 2021 | Biochemistry
Maximo Nivel
Cusco, Peru
 

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Maya Kuchan


Class of 2021 | Political Science
IVHQ
Kathmandu, Nepal
 

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Christopher Lindrud


Class of 2020 | Political Science
Parque por la Paz Villa Grimaldi
Santiago, Chile
 

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Vidya Pingali


Class of 2020 | Computer Science
HEAL Charity: Health and Education for All
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
 

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Victoria Salcedo


Class of 2021 | Biology
Rachel's Women's Center - Catholic Charities
San Diego, California
 

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Riley Scherr


Class of 2021 | Anthropology
IVHQ
San José, Costa Rica

 

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Hana Seastedt


Class of 2020 | Public Health
Swiss-Laos Hospital
Vientiane, Laos
 

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Emily Swanson


Class of 2021 | Biology
Sacred Heart Community Service
San Jose, California
 

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Past Fellows

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
Maria Muñoz Yepez '19 IVHQ Quito/Inti School, Ecuador
Javier Ortega '20 Sacred Heart Community Service, San Jose, California
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
Samantha Perez '19 Connect 1-2-3 - Focus Area: Human Rights, Argentina
Victoria Montes '21 ELI Abroad - Focus Area: Youth, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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