Santa Clara University

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Solid Core

core_210The Ignatian Center brings together three vital programs dedicated to extending Santa Clara’s core values to the campus as a whole. The Arrupe Partnerships for Community-based Learning provide integrated learning experiences to more than 1,200 students in 50 courses. Being an integral part of the global community, students realize, starts in their own neighborhood by working at elementary schools, senior centers, and community clinics.

The Kolvenbach Solidarity Program offers students, faculty, staff, and alumni extended immersion experiences into the gritty reality of our globalizing world. These poignant moments of vocational discernment invite participants to consider their place in our global society and to see the world with new eyes.

The Bannan Institute assists Santa Clara in keeping its Catholic and Jesuit character at the heart of the educational enterprise. Last spring the institute celebrated its 25th anniversary. At a conference marking the occasion, Charles Currie, S.J., president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, lauded Santa Clara for being “at the center of all that is good about contemporary Jesuit higher education,” including “the holistic pursuit of excellence in all that you are doing, and a vibrant, engaged Jesuit, Catholic institutional identity.”

At the same conference, SCU Regent Margaret Taylor ’65, M.A. ’76, MBA ’86, observed that the University was very different from the one to which she was first admitted. But that was a good thing, she said. Now chair of the board of directors for United American Bank, she praised the Jesuits who taught her “how to think, how to question, how to ponder, and then how to take action.” Yet today’s students, she said, have the tremendous benefits offered through the centers of excellence, community-based learning programs, and campus ministry.