So many members of the SCU community live according to our Jesuit and Catholic values, and actually build the "more humane, just, and sustainable world" that is our mission. However, frequently, we don't connect the lived mission with the words of our university commitments.
One priority of the Division of Mission and Ministry is to highlight how we at Santa Clara University live as people with and for others - people in community.
"The real measure of our Jesuit universities lies in who our students become. Tomorrow's 'whole person' cannot be whole without a well-educated solidarity. We must therefore raise our Jesuit educational standard to educate the whole person in solidarity for the real world."
-Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, speaking at Santa Clara University in October 2000
The Division of Mission and Ministry was formed in 2021, uniting the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, Campus Ministry, and Mission Church. Charged with promoting Santa Clara University's Mission, the Division offers programs for students, faculty, staff, administrators, trustees, alumni, to encounter and engage the Mission.
Santa Clara University's Vision, Mission, and Values
To create an academic community that educates the whole person within the Jesuit, Catholic tradition, making students learning our central focus, ... and serving the communities of which we are a part in Silicon Valley and around the world.
This is what MISSION looks like at SCU
Member, Native American Coalition for Change
In an era where many institutions are working toward acceptance and reconciliation, SCU has made strides to mend those wounds. Much work remains to be done, and students like Alford are helping the University move forward by strengthening its relationship with Native students and local tribes.
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
Led by Professor Chris Bacon, faculty, students, and staff are collaborating to address student food insecurity and envision a more sustainable and just food system at Santa Clara University. The research team evaluated the severity of food insecurity at the University and recommends realistic and effective strategies for minimizing the impact of food security on students within the SCU community.
Alison Benders | Lindsey Kalkbrenner | Chad Raphael
More than 130 universities and colleges around the world, including SCU, have pledged to embark on a seven-year journey to promote integral ecology in all they do. The Center for Sustainability and Division of Mission and Ministry are embarking on a year-long strategic planning process to develop a Sustainability Action Plan that takes us through 2030, inspired by the Pope's encyclical Laudato Si’.
Commissioner, California Student Aid Commission
Representing the college students of California, Alexis Takagi ’22, Ed.D. ’25 has been appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom ’89 to the California Student Aid Commission to provide key insight on student financial needs and issues.