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On Mission - In Solidarity 

Mission Week  |  November 14 - 18, 2022


The mission of Santa Clara University encompasses all the many ways we express our Jesuit values, our grounding in the Catholic tradition, and our commitment to building a more just, humane, and sustainable world. We treasure our Jesuit heritage and tradition, which gives expression to our Jesuit educational mission and Catholic identity while also welcoming and respecting other religious and philosophical traditions, promoting the dialogue between faith and culture, and valuing opportunities to deepen religious beliefs. Above all else, a Jesuit education is an invitation to fully develop every dimension of your humanity.

Mission Week is a celebration of the mission of Santa Clara University. It is about a purpose - our purpose, as a Jesuit, Catholic university.

It is why we tackle issues of justice looking back on our past.
It is why we consider new perspectives on leadership as we look to the future.
It is why we prioritize care for our common home always.

It is through our Jesuit values that we find meaning and purpose.

Join us the week of November 14-18 for this inaugural event as we embrace our values and celebrate our collective mission-driven work. 

Donation Drives
October 31 - November 18, 2022

We are committed to building community and serving the needs of our neighbors inside and outside the University. Join us as we collect items for SCU's Bronco Pantry and Feed the Block, a local organization serving the unhoused community. Donation bins are located in Campus Ministry (Benson Center) and the Ignatian Center (990 Benton Street).

Bronco Pantry Donation Drive
Navigate here to Bronco Pantry

An SCU program for students who are experiencing food insecurity.

Items Needed:
Rice, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, canned vegetables, microwavable meals (vegetarian friendly), granola bars, dishwashing sponges and dish soap, paper towels, and toilet paper. We cannot accept homemade items but financial support is greatly appreciated.
Donate to Bronco Pantry

Feed the block Donation Drive
Navigate here to Feed the Block

A non-profit organization providing meals for individuals in need.

Items Needed:
Large tarps, new socks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, masks, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, new or gently used warm clothing (especially larger men's sizes), deodorant, menstrual hygiene products, hats, and scarves. Financial support is also greatly appreciated.
Donate to Feed the Block

 Monday  |  November 14
A Mission of Discernment, Reflection, & Reconciliation

Formal place setting
Navigate here to New Employee Welcome Dinner

5:00 - 8:00 PM  |  Locatelli Center

In celebration of Mission Week, employees new to the University as of this year have been invited to attend this first New Faculty and Staff Welcome Dinner.

This event is by invitation only. 

Hosted by the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education 

Nourish Night - Center for Sustainability Salad
Navigate here to Dinner | Nourish Night

6:00 - 7:00 PM  |  The Forge Garden

This weekly event hosted at The Forge Garden supports the physical and mental health of students while also addressing the problem of food insecurity at SCU. Each week, a group of students, called the Nourish Team, prepares a free, plant-based meal using ingredients from the garden for SCU students. Join us! 

Sponsored by the Center for Sustainability

Inhabitants - Indigenous Perspectives on Restoring Our World Movie
Navigate here to Movie | Inhabitants - Indigenous Perspectives on Restoring Our World

7:00 - 8:30 PM  |  St. Clare Room, LC

Following five Native American Tribes across deserts, coastlines, forests, and prairies, this feature documentary highlights the time-tested practices of North America's original inhabitants - practices that are becoming increasingly essential as the climate crisis escalates.

In partnership with the de Saisset Museum

Tuesday  |  November 15
A Mission of Solidarity & Kinship

Tom Vozzo Homeboy Industries CEO and book The Homeboy Way
Navigate here to Homeboy Industries | A Jesuit Focused Approach to Business & Life

4:00 - 6:00 PM  |  Locatelli Center

Tom Vozzo spent 26 years as a global business executive with a proven track record. After retiring, he began volunteering at Homeboy Industries and eventually became the first CEO of Homeboy Industries. Tom will share his experience in learning a new way to view leadership and a call for others to take a radical approach to business and life.

Hosted by the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education in partnership with the Leavey School of Business

Homeboy Joy Ride Documentary
Navigate here to Documentary | Homeboy Joy Ride

6:00 - 6:45 PM  |  Locatelli Center

Homeboy Joy Ride is a compelling documentary about transformation and the power of community. Homeboy Industries is the starting point of a joy ride that welcomes people suffering from addiction, isolation, and marginalization. Witness how individuals can come together to heal themselves through community and service.

Hosted by the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education

 Wednesday  |  November 16
A Mission of Finding Love in All Things

Salvadoran Martyrs
Navigate here to Salvadoran Martyrs Vigil & Remembrance

9:00 AM  |  Multi-faith Sanctuary, St. Joseph's Hall

Join us for a brief moment of prayer to honor the lives of the six Jesuit Priests and two lay people who were murdered in El Salvador on November 16, 1989. There will be a museum style exhibit of the Central American Civil War and biographies of the martyrs on display throughout the day.

Hosted by Campus Ministry

Vintage globe
Navigate here to International Education Week Festival

12:00 Noon - 3:00 PM  |  Santa Clara Mall

As we celebrate 10 years of Global Engagement at SCU, we invite you to explore the Global Programs available, view the 2022 Global Engagement Photo Contest Finalists Display, learn about Immersions, and connect with Study Abroad Returnees and International Students. You'll also have the chance to win some cool prizes!

Hosted by Global Engagement

Letterpress image
Navigate here to Letterpress Holiday Gift Making & Card Workshop

3:00 - 5:00 PM  |  Dowd 306 & 310

Join us for this fun, creative experience using SCU's Letterpress to create holiday gifts and cards. You will learn how the press operates and have the opportunity to get creative and make some gifts for your family and friends. All necessary materials will be provided.

Hosted by Digital Humanities & The Forge Garden

Thursday  |  November 17
A Mission of Cura Personalis

Lunchtime Examen Square
Navigate here to Lunchtime Examen

12:45 PM - 1:00 PM  |  Via Zoom

All are welcome to join us for a 15-minute Lunchtime Examen this (and every) Thursday. 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. 

Hosted by the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education

Hands making a heart
Navigate here to Gratitude Project

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM  |  Diversity & Inclusion Student Center

Stop by to create a thank you card to give to someone for whom you are grateful. All the necessary supplies will be provided - you just need to bring your creativity! 

Hosted Santa Clara University Faculty & Staff

Friday  |  November 18
A Mission of Service Rooted in Justice

Letter Writing
Navigate here to Letters of Change & Hope

12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM  |  Ignatian Center, 990 Benton

Join us in a letter-writing gathering to contact our representatives and demand humane migration reform, as well as make handwritten holiday cards for migrants and refugees at the border. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Hosted by Undocumented Students & Allies Association (USAA) and the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education

Hands Stacked from Immersion trip
Navigate here to Community Care Kits

12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM  |  Ignatian Center, 990 Benton

Join us as we build hygiene kits for the unhoused community in our neighborhoods. Kits will be distributed through Feed the Block, a nonprofit organization in downtown San Jose. We will provide you with refreshments.

Hosted by SCU Staff Senate and the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education