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  • Jesuit Student Government Leaders Take Stand Against Racial Injustice | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    which recognizes the inherent dignity and value of every human naming specifically the human dignity of students of color With that being said the student body presidents of Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States Understand students have the right to demonstrate against racial injustices that too often impact the educational experience Acknowledge racial inequalities exist within our own Jesuit institutions and more actions must be taken in this regard Recognize standing in solidarity with people of diverse ethnic backgrounds by creating an environment that fosters open and respected dialogue is essential for the betterment of our institutions of higher education We as a collective of Jesuit colleges and universities have a duty to humanity Our Jesuit education encourages individuals to think critically reflect deeply on the realities of injustice and fight tirelessly for a just world As students of Jesuit institutions we often hear phrases such as cura personalis care for the whole person and men and women for and with others These phrases challenge us to orient our lives and education toward a greater good a world free from oppression and marginalization Thus we have a moral obligation to challenge systems and policies that privilege few and oppress many As Jesuit institutions we are prepared to engage in conversations of race microaggressions representation intersectionality and the injustices that exist within flawed systems Although many may never experience the severity of the racial discrimination that remains in our nation today we all must realize institutions of higher education should be catalysts for social change Regardless of our position on this earth we have the obligation to stand for all of humanity s rights and incorporate that into our personal ideals and backgrounds Therefore we commit to providing opportunities for dialogue to educate and advocate for change and action With this statement we encourage colleges and universities across the nation to stand in solidarity with those who strive for an end to racial injustice in the higher education system and gather complete information in regards to the specified topic We call all institutions of higher education to stand together and take action in advocating for an end to racial inequality in its many manifestations David Tassonc ASLMU President Loyola Marymount University Michelle Perez SGA President Saint Peter s University Jay W Bryant SGA President Saint Louis University Aaron Poor ASG President Santa Clara University Erin Gabrielle Marcum SGA President Wheeling Jesuit University Kayman Nixon CSU President Creighton University Richard Kubiak USA President Canisius College Taylor Kratochvil GSBA President Gonzaga University Joe Luther GUSA President Georgetown University Katie Shane Kasey Jones SGA President University of Detroit Nicholas Chingas USS President St Joseph s University Katherine Walletius RUSGA President Regis University Ashley Domagola USG President Fordham University Zack Wallace MUSG President Marquette University Mallory Barnes Ohlson SGSU President Seattle University Anif McDonald FUSA President Fairfield University Laureano Figueroa ASUSF President University of San Francisco Thomas Napoli UGBC President Boston College Christopher Kilncr OSG President The University of Scranton Rachel Pearson Student

    Original URL path: http://ignatiansolidarity.net/blog/2016/04/02/jesuit-student-government-leaders-take-stand-against-racial-injustice/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Loyola University Chicago Unveils Community Partnership Model to Further Engagement with Rogers Park and Edgewater Neighbors | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    the School of Social Work and School of Education In addition to working in the clinic these externs will also have the opportunity to under staff supervision provide school based services such as group therapy and consultations at local schools including Nicholas Senn High School in Edgewater The clinic will open to the public later this month and be fully operational in fall 2016 Partners for Business The lead initiative within this focus area includes Loyola s Department of Community Relations working with neighborhood leaders to better connect the Edgewater and Rogers Park communities by encouraging economic development within RogersEdge defined as the area where Devon Avenue Sheridan Road and Broadway intersect on the city s north side I am passionate about economic development that respects the historic culture of our Rogers Park and Edgewater communities while balancing incoming development into RogersEdge said Jennifer Clark associate vice president of campus and community planning at Loyola I look forward to kicking off a local branding and marketing effort with both neighborhoods that will help put in place an economic infrastructure that will serve future generations Additionally the University will support local independently owned retail owners by offering all inclusive short term license agreements for small retail spaces housed in the Granada Center retail storefront along Sheridan Road The first small shops or tiny shops are Third Coast Comics and Local Goods Chicago Both businesses will share retail space adjacent to campus Third Coast Comic s opened last week and Local Goods Chicago will open in early April Loyola has been exceedingly supportive in aiding our mission to cultivate and sustain a vibrant community in Rogers Park said Sandi Price executive director of the Rogers Park Business Alliance We anticipate the continued development and promotion of RogersEdge to be an inventive way to increase retail options in our neighborhood Partners for Education The Loyola community has deep relationships in dozens of K 12 schools across Chicago including more than 50 current initiatives taking place in Rogers Park and Edgewater schools To kick off the Partners for Education initiative the University will invite local principals and community organizations working in area schools to gather and prioritize needs and propose new initiatives that can broaden and deepen Loyola s involvement in these schools As an educational institution ourselves Loyola is committed to utilizing our relationships and leveraging our resources to support the children located in our backyard said Terri Pigott Ph D dean of Loyola s School of Education We have hundreds of students faculty and staff working and volunteering in classrooms across the city and we will continue to support the efforts of local K 12 teachers and administrators while identifying new ways we can all be more effective An important example of how Loyola can lend its resources to further the growth of the community is the work that has occurred at Nicholas Senn High School for the last four years We consider our relationship with Loyola to be a true partnership

    Original URL path: http://ignatiansolidarity.net/blog/2016/03/21/loyola-university-chicago-unveils-community-partnership-model-to-further-engagement-with-rogers-park-and-edgewater-neighbors/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Loyola University New Orleans Jesuit Social Research Institute Issues Inaugural JustSouth Index 2016 | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    across the three key measures that address fundamental concerns of human development health education and income The holistic report is not simply an economic report it also provides a roadmap for changing the social environment Key findings in Louisiana include On nine quantitative indicators related to social justice Louisiana ranked 51st compared to all other states and Washington D C The other Gulf South states ranked similarly low with Mississippi at 50th Texas at 49th Alabama at 48th and Florida at 41st The average income of households in the lowest income quartile in Louisiana was just 11 156 per year in 2014 This is compared to the national average of 15 281 per year and 20 956 per year in New Hampshire the state that ranked highest on that indicator Nine in ten Louisiana households that are in the lowest income quartile are renting their home are housing cost burdened meaning that they spend 30 percent or more of their income on rent Louisiana has the highest gap in annual earnings between white and minority workers of similar age level of education and occupation Minority workers in Louisiana earn 21 percent less than their white counterparts when age education and job type are accounted for This compares to a national average of an 8 8 percent gap More than one fifth or 21 5 percent of immigrant youth ages 18 to 25 in Louisiana are considered disconnected youth This means that they reported not being enrolled in school or regularly employed States that have raised the minimum wage implemented a state Earned Income Tax Credit EITC expanded Medicaid eligibility and invested in housing assistance outperformed states that have not Louisiana has instituted a very modest state EITC and taken the initial steps to expand Medicaid eligibility It is imperative that the state lawmakers continue and enhance efforts to address economic and social injustices Recommendations for improving social justice and equity in Louisiana include raising the minimum wage strengthening investments in child care assistance and creating a state Earned Income Tax Credit creating state and local incentives for the development of affordable housing and investing state funds in low income housing assistance improving access to English as a Second Language ESL and adult education classes revisiting policies that improved integration of schools in the 1970s and 1980s increasing resources to schools that serve primarily minority and immigrant students and combating employment discrimination and workers rights violations through enhanced enforcement efforts by federal state and nonprofit entities Jeanie Donovan JSRI economic policy specialist and principal investigator on the social indicators project led a team of research fellows and student researchers in researching and compiling the JustSouth Index In the report she states that state and local governments as well as nonprofits and employers have the ability to improve social justice for individuals and families in Louisiana Although this inaugural release of the JustSouth Index paints a grim picture of the current state of social justice in Louisiana and the Gulf South we

    Original URL path: http://ignatiansolidarity.net/blog/2016/03/18/loyola-university-new-orleans-jesuit-social-research-institute-issues-inaugural-justsouth-index-2016/ (2016-04-30)
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  • University of Scranton Hosts Refugee Simulation | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    minute showers and bedrooms of their own Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassadors transformed the ballroom into the student center into a makeshift refugee camp All of the students began at a border where they received an identity card featuring stories of refugees from various countries They crowded into a tent that was only a few feet in length Then they were shown rations consisting of a few bowls of rice which they compared to the average breakfast for a student at the University of Scranton Then participants carried five gallons of water roughly the amount of water used in a two minute shower to illustrate how hard refugees must work to sustain their daily needs There was also a table where they could write letters to legislators in support of refugees In addition participants were able to learn more about the refugee on their identity card such as how long they stayed in a camp depending on their country of origin To conclude the event students had an opportunity to reflect together and digest their experiences Many of the students shared that their eyes were opened to the heartbreaking struggles that refugees face every day Some were unaware that refugees could stay in these camps anywhere from one to 33 years It is our hope that these students can take this experience with them to advocate for change on behalf of displaced people According to Jesuit Refugee Service Part educational and part interactive experience the Jesuit Refugee Service USA s Refugee Simulation allows participants to show solidarity with nearly 59 million displaced persons worldwide Jesuit Refugee Service s mission is to accompany serve and defend the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons Participants walk through five stations while assuming the identity of a refugee entry border food water shelter and an advocacy table Each station displays the kinds of conditions refugees regularly have to live in and provides many facts and figures regarding different aspects of refugee life As participants walk through the simulation they will experience some of the harsh realities of camp life from carrying heavy buckets of water to the limited space inside a family tent After the simulation participants can learn about what Jesuit Refugee Service USA does for refugees and learn practical tools to become more actively engaged in the issue Facebook 23 Google 1 Linkedin 26 Twitter 50 Tags Catholic Relief Services Jesuit Refugee Service The University of Scranton http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2016 03 IMG 1802 1 jpg 2448 3264 ISN Staff http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png ISN Staff 2016 03 16 16 11 02 2016 03 16 16 29 05 University of Scranton Hosts Refugee Simulation You might also like ISN Connects Jesuit University Immersion Experience Coordinators for National Summit Remember the Sudanese refugees New Study Sheds Light on Mistreatment of Migrants Crossing the US Mexico Border Jesuit Education Transforming Thinking Transform the World Mary Small Ignatian Family Teach In

    Original URL path: http://ignatiansolidarity.net/blog/2016/03/16/university-scranton-refugee-simulation/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Central American Jesuits Social Commission Speaks out on Death of Berta Cáceres | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    courageous path of her struggle in defense of our natural resources land rights and communities The constant threats she received and criminalization of her actions on the part of the large hydro electric construction companies demonstrate the risk that she always faced and like several of her companions in the movement cost Berta her life We join in the condemnation issued by her three daughters her son and her mother that reads as follows Those responsible for her murder are business groups that in collusion with the national government municipal governments and the repressive State institutions which are behind the extractive projects that are being developed in the region Those who finance these extractive projects of death are also responsible for the death of our Berta and so many people who are struggling against the exploitation of their territories The money of these financiers makes possible the imposition of economic interests above the ancestral rights of peoples We are calling for an immediate investigation in depth and independent with the support of international specialists to ensure findings are not contaminated by Honduran political interests and forces in power who intend to tarnish the perspicuous trajectory of generosity and heroism that made Berta into one of the most internationally recognized Honduran social movement leader We demand that the Honduran government end of any agreement which grants the concession of the Rio Gualcarque to the Energy Development Corporation DESA At the same time that we ask that this emblematic river be declared a World Heritage Site as a perpetual tribute to the blood shed by our mourned and courageous Berta CacBerta Ca cereseres We ask the government of the United States immediately suspend bilateral direct assistance to the Honduran government particularly funds from the Alliance for Prosperity Berta Ca ceres was a strong opponent of this plan as she perceived that it strengthened links between the Honduran government and exploitative multinationals extractors of natural resources We demand the immediate repair of the damage to the communities of Rio Blanco in the northern region of the Department of Intibucá in western Honduras where the machinery of DESA has caused damage to the Gualcarque river and the environment and heritage of the Lenca indigenous communities Similarly we ask that you recognize the organization COPINH as the main protector of the Gualcarque river and of the natural resources of the Lenca communities so strongly defended by the campaigner Berta Ca ceres We join the family of Berta Ca ceres the Lenca communities and people s organizations and environmentalists of Honduras and along with the mystique of our ancestors the blood of our martyrs and in union with all the peoples of the Earth we raise our gratitude Laudato Si praised be my Lord who hast given us the sun and the moon seas forests and rivers and women like Berta who loved our common home and all who inhabit it and defended it with her own life Tuesday 8 March 2016 Central America Commemoration of

    Original URL path: http://ignatiansolidarity.net/blog/2016/03/14/central-american-jesuits-speak-on-death-of-berta-caceres/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Jesuits Speak on What is At Stake In DACA/DAPA Supreme Court Case | Ignatian Solidarity Network

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  • Wheeling Jesuit University Announces New ‘Jesuit STRONG’ Program for Cristo Rey Students | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    model Cristo Rey is a network of 30 Catholic prep schools across the U S which provide a private education to more than 10 000 under represented urban youth each year Rev James Fleming S J announces the Jesuit Strong program at Wheeling Jesuit University Wheeling Jesuit University is a perfect place to establish Jesuit STRONG said Rev James Fleming S J president of WJU Having already witnessed the success of our Jesuit STRONG Summer Academy students now will have the ability to build on their high school accomplishments We will be able to provide them with the tools to continue that success at the college level Fleming added In addition to making the university affordable Jesuit STRONG focuses on building work ready college graduates Year round on and off campus internships will be available for students to gain valuable employment experience Dr Robert Phillips WJU s vice president for Academic Affairs said the Jesuit STRONG program prepares students for the workforce like no other Wheeling Jesuit has always produced graduates who are critical thinkers problem solvers and ethical leaders This program allows us to build upon these strengths and provide practical experiences and professional development opportunities said Phillips Many incoming Jesuit STRONG students already have experienced college life thanks to the Jesuit STRONG Summer Academy WJU Admissions Representative Danny Brosnan said the cost for students enrolled in the four year program will be minimal Two thirds of tuition and fees will be covered by the University and Jesuit STRONG benefactors leaving one third of the cost to the student Wheeling Jesuit University is the most affordable Jesuit institution of higher education in the United States Thanks to the generosity of individual and corporate sponsors students enrolled in Jesuit STRONG will have the majority of their college tuition paid said Brosnan Seventy Cristo Rey High School seniors have already been accepted into WJU s Jesuit STRONG program for the fall 2016 semester Additionally over the past 18 months Wheeling Jesuit has raised more than 1 million for Jesuit STRONG from corporations private foundations and individuals including WJU alumni staff and trustees Wheeling Jesuit University is an institutional member of the Ignatian Solidarity Network Wheeling Jesuit University Facebook 8 Google 1 Linkedin 7 Twitter 16 Tags Cristo Rey Network Wheeling Jesuit University http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2016 03 Screen Shot 2016 03 14 at 10 48 18 AM png 313 323 ISN Staff http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png ISN Staff 2016 03 14 10 51 21 2016 03 14 22 10 39 Wheeling Jesuit University Announces New Jesuit STRONG Program for Cristo Rey Students You might also like Celebrating Appalachia Wheeling Jesuit University to Offer Summer Academy for Cristo Rey Network Students Advent Dorothy Day and the Holiness of the Mundane Jesuit Institutions Across the U S Uniting in Prayer in Support of Pope Francis s Encyclical on Climate Change Jesuit Institutions Make Fall Call for Humane Comprehensive Immigration Reform Nuns

    Original URL path: http://ignatiansolidarity.net/blog/2016/03/14/wheeling-jesuit-cristo-rey/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Shock and Sorrow Expressed for Slain Honduras Leader in Letter to Secretary Kerry | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    Ca ceres winner of the prestigious 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize was a visionary indigenous and environmental rights leader She championed efforts to protect indigenous peoples from large scale development projects that are being advanced in Honduras without consultation of communities and without concern for the environment She was killed on March 3 2016 by armed men who broke into her home in La Esperanza department of Intibuca Honduras Mexican environmentalist and journalist Gustavo Castro Soto of Otros Mundos Chiapas Friends of the Earth Mexico and the Mesoamerican Movement against the Extractive Mining Movement was also wounded in the attack The organizations urged Secretary of State Kerry to support an independent international investigation led by the Inter American Commission on Human Rights into Ms Ca ceres murder and to urge that the Honduran government invite and fully cooperate with such an investigation They also urged the Secretary to press the Honduran government to comply with the precautionary measures granted by the IACHR on March 5 and provide immediate effective and carefully consulted protection to members of COPINH members of Ms Ca ceres family Mr Castro and all witnesses in the case The organizations support the call by Senator Patrick Leahy to abandon the Agua Zarca dam project and to protect the territory that Berta Ca ceres devoted her life to protecting They ask the Honduran government to recognize that the pace and process by which it is facilitating the extraction and trade of natural resources by national and international investors is contributing to social conflict and human rights violations They urge the Honduran government to meet its obligation to provide prior free and informed consultation of indigenous communities In addition the organizations call on the U S government to ensure that no U S assistance and support for multilateral bank projects promote or permit development projects without meeting the obligation for prior free and informed consultation with indigenous communities nor without ensuring meaningful consultation of all affected communities and that strong human rights labor rights and environmental safeguards are in place Finally the organizations urge the State Department to suspend all assistance and training to Honduran security forces with the exception of investigatory and forensic assistance to the police so long as the murders of Berta Ca ceres and scores of other Honduran activists remain in impunity The full letter to Secretary Kerry is available in English and Spanish Facebook 84 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Twitter 84 Tags Berta Cáceres Honduras Jesuit Conference John Kerry http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2016 03 Screen Shot 2016 03 10 at 2 46 37 PM png 371 519 ISN Staff http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png ISN Staff 2016 03 10 14 49 07 2016 03 10 15 53 07 Shock and Sorrow Expressed for Slain Honduras Leader in Letter to Secretary Kerry You might also like Jesuit Human Rights Organization Staff Member Murdered in Honduras Human Rights in Honduras Interview with Shaina Aber Tom Greene

    Original URL path: http://ignatiansolidarity.net/blog/2016/03/10/slain-honduras-leader-secretary-kerry/ (2016-04-30)
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