Santa Clara University

Casa de la Solidaridad

Current Students

Spring 2014


Back row (L-R): Michele Spotts (Fordham University), Ann Burns (Loyola Chicago), Lauren Ross (Fordham University).

Front row (L-R): Celesté Martinez (Regis University), Rachel Thompson (St. Catherine University), Alivia Elovich (Loyola Baltimore).


Current Student Bios


Alivia Elovich

Loyola University Maryland

Hi! I'm Alivia Elovich and I am a junior at Loyola University Maryland. I am studying Psychology and minoring in Spanish. I am originally from West Hartford, CT and have been there all my life. I enjoy playing lacrosse at school and babysitting in my free time. I am so excited to be here in San Salvador and look forward to getting to know the country and the people in it!


Celesté Martinez

Regis University

Hola! My name is Celesté Martinez and I am a junior at Regis University in beautiful Denver, Colorado. I am double majoring in Philosophy and Peace & Justice with a double minor in Music and Sociology. At school my main interests fall into working with our Immigration Campaign, music, and participating activities with University Ministry. I am from San Antonio, Texas and have one younger sister. This semester I am very excited to accompany the people of Mariona as well as continue to grow in community. I feel so blessed to be a part of this beautiful experience!


Rachel Thompson

St. Catherine University

I am in my final year at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. This means ten days after returning to the States in May I will be walking across the stage at graduation! I will be graduating with a major in Women's Studies and minors in Anthropology and Spanish. For praxis, I will be accompanying the people in San Ramon. Throughout this semester and beyond I am will be working to learn with each encounter, challenge myself, and embrace everyone around me with love.


Annie Burns

Loyola University of Chicago

Annie Burns is a proud native of Cleveland, Ohio. Roll Tribe! She is currently a sophomore at Loyola University of Chicago, where she studies Management and Theology, with a minor in Catholic Studies. She feels incredibly blessed to accompany the communities of Tepecoyo and experience the graces of God in the Salvadoran people, culture, and country. Her first experience of this country, in 2011, left her with a desire to dig deeper into 'la realidad' of the marginalized and stand in solidarity with the people of God. She cannot wait to see how this experience shapes her vocation and confirms God's call for her life. In the meantime, she will sing and cook, laugh and dance the days away with her new friends in Zacamil, La Javia and Casa Romero. ¡Vaya con Dios!