The Jean Donovan Summer Fellowship 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. The Jean Donovan Summer Fellowship is designed to encourage and support undergraduate students who desire to deepen their understanding of social justice issues through a summer community-based learning experience of 5-7 weeks. The Fellowship provides $2,000 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 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.
Central to the Fellowship experience are the relationships that students develop with individuals and communities throughout their summer experience. It is through these relationships that Fellows begin to deepen their understanding of solidarity and vocation and work toward these learning objectives.
1) Donovan Fellows participate in 4 meetings (1.5 hr./mtg.) during the spring quarter. These meetings are scheduled for the following dates:
Wednesday, April 6th 7:00-8:30pm
Wednesday April 20th 7:00-8:30pm
Wednesday, May 11th 7:00-8:30pm
Wednesday, May 25th 7:00-8:30pm
2) Donovan Fellows participate in a weekend retreat to discuss and reflect upon their summer experiences during the fall quarter – September 23-25, 2016.
3) Donovan Fellows participate in 2- 3 additional meetings during the fall quarter 2016.
4) Donovan Fellows participate in selection process and preparation process for the following year's recipients in Winter and Spring quarters 2017.
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 including a comprehensive preparation process and post-experience retreat. There have been over 150 Fellows who have served throughout the world since the Fellowship was created. 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.
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