Nº 79 - 9th, March, 2022

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Commitment and Contributions to Social Justice 

In The AJCU Institutions
English. The Society of Jesus has had a clear horizon and purpose, to serve the Kingdom of God through faith rooted in justice and reconciliation. This mission has been made fruitful by the Spirit throughout 500 years and by the continuous reading of reality.

An example of this has been the work of the AJCU, which through the virtual conference "Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education", hosted by Georgetown University in 2021, addressed the Universal Apostolic Preferences in synergy with pressing issues in the framework of Higher Education, such as racial and environmental justice, migration, Women's leadership and Ignatian spirituality.   This activity was inaugurated by Father General of the Society of Jesus, Arturo Sosa Abascal, who in his opening message considered the importance of active commitment to justice in our educational apostolate. We invite you to read more about this important event and, above all, to review the conference resources for reflection and action in our classrooms and work teams.

Español. La Compañía de Jesús ha tenido un horizonte y propósito claro, servir al Reino de Dios a través de la fe enraizada en la justicia y la reconciliación. Esta misión ha sido fecunda por el Espíritu a lo largo de 500 años y por la continua lectura de la realidad.

Ejemplo de ello ha sido la labor de la AJCU, la cual a través de la conferencia virtual “Compromiso con la Justicia en la Educación Superior Jesuita”, alojada por Georgetown University en 2021, abordó las Preferencias Apostólicas Universales en sinergia con temas apremiantes en el marco de la Educación Superior, tales como la justicia racial y ambiental, la migración, el liderazgo de la Mujer y la espiritualidad Ignaciana.

Esta actividad fue inaugurada por el Padre General de la Compañía de Jesús, Arturo Sosa Abascal, quien en su mensaje de inauguración consideró la importancia del compromiso activo con la justicia en nuestra tarea educativa. Te invitamos a leer más sobre este importante evento y, sobre todo, a consultar los recursos de la conferencia para su reflexión y acción en nuestras aulas y equipos de trabajo. 

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Education and Gender: Equality and Non-Discrimination Towards 
Women and the LGBTQ+ Community

David Fernandez,S.J., Former Executive Secretary of AUSJAL

As we commemorate International Women's Day, we invite our Jesuit Higher Education communities to reflect and examine their role and commitment to justice and equity with the women who collaborate in our apostolates and those we serve. 
For this reason, we present the article "EDUCATION AND GENDER: EQUALITY AND NON-DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN AND THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY," by Fr. David Fernández Dávalos, S.J. We are convinced that its reading can provoke deep reflections in our community.

“Inferiority and superiority between genders are inculcated from childhood. In schools, through the hidden curriculum, gender mandates begin to be inculcated. Sexist attitudes, discrimination, and abuse constitute cultural violence that is learned from early childhood and that sustains various forms of direct violence.”
Fr. Fernández Dávalos, S.J., is the former executive secretary of the Association of Jesuit Universities in Latin America (AUSJAL). He also held positions as president of IBERO Mexico-Tijuana, IBERO Puebla, ITESO, and director of the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center (Centro Prodh). He also participated in the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus.

Read the complete article here in English/ Spanish

"Perspectives from the Jesuit Network" is a project sponsored by University of San Francisco


Who inspires your students? Who in their eyes is a hero?

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Dr. Francisco Urrutia Has Been Elected as the New Executive Secretary of AUSJAL


The Board of Directors of AUSJAL, unanimously and as proposed by the Executive Secretariat, has elected Dr. Francisco Urrutia de la Torre as the new Executive Secretary of AUSJAL. Read More.

The University Centre "Sagrada Familia" of Úbeda Hosted The XV UNIJES Debate League, Focused on "The Refugee Crisis"


More than 75 students from the universities of the Society of Jesus in Spain participated in the debate, representing different areas of knowledge such as Law, Economics, Business Administration, International Relations and Teaching. Read More.

Universidad Loyola Andalucía and Universidad Católica de Uruguay Will Offer a Dual Degree in Business.


Students who graduate from the program will earn both the Loyola Andalucía and the Católica de Uruguay official degree in Business. The program will start next academic year 2022/2023.  Read More.

The Lassalle Institute in Switzerland is organising the Eco Summer Camp 2022 in Collaboration with Georgetown University 


The camp will take place between 25 August and 1 September 2022 and is expected to involve around 60 young adults (18-35) from all over Europe and a dozen experts and academics. Read More.


Registration Now Opened!
IAJU Boston College Assembly

August 2022
Location: Boston College

August 3-6, 2022

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2022 Virtual Climate Change Conference

March 2022
Location: Loyola University Chicago

March 14-18, 2022

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Call for submitting best practices in Reconciliation, Peace, and Mission Integration in Jesuit higher education institutions
The Best Practices in Jesuit Higher Education Project is pleased to announce a call for articles for its third issue, which will focus on Reconciliation, Peace, and Mission Integration in Jesuit universities and colleges.


Jesuit Prayer App
Are your students looking to start their day with God? To deepen in Ignatian spirituality? To find their daily purpose in life? The Jesuit Prayer app is a well-known tool that reminds us that God pursues us in the routines of our home and work life, and in the hopes and fears of life's challenges. The founder of the Jesuits, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, wrote the Spiritual Exercises to deepen our relationship with Christ and to move our contemplation into service. May this app anchor your day and strengthen your resolve to remember what truly matters.
Leadership Gifts And Skills
What personal competencies and strengths helped your students manage situations out of their comfort zone? Which gifts do I desire for a greater service of their mission? This resource helps students to identify their weaknesses as well as focus on their gifts for a greater service of their mission. The material about the qualities and competencies of successful leaders can be used for on campus activities, workshops, retreats and in class. It includes a reflection with short passages, an exercise linked to the topic of the section that take the students from reflection to action and a theoretical input linked to the topic summarising insights from academic experts.
Pacto Educativo: Un Llamado A La Solidaridad Global En Un Mundo Roto
¿Dónde queda la cooperación entre solidaridad y educación? ¿Buscas modelos educativos para un mundo inclusivo y diverso? El papa Francisco nos invita a un pacto educativo, que “es precisamente la voluntad de ponerse al servicio de la fraternidad que consagra la plena realización de la humanidad que es común a todos”. Esta invitación hace parte del llamado a toda la humanidad para hacer un pacto educativo global que nos mueva a una solidaridad universal, a un nuevo humanismo y a la búsqueda del bien común. En sus palabras se trata de “un proceso plural y multifacético capaz de involucrarnos a todos en respuestas significativas, donde la diversidad y los enfoques se puedan armonizar en la búsqueda del bien común. Capacidad para crear una armonía: esto es lo que necesitamos hoy”. Este texto resulta útil para estudiantes de educación, para revisar y delinear modelos educativos que contribuyan a forjar el proyecto de humanidad en un mundo inclusivo, diverso y equitativo.


Ciclo De Conferencias: Ignacio De Loyola Y Su legado
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