Human rights and civic responsibility

Jesuit institutions of higher learning are ideally suited for hosting a consortium of human rights practitioners, the working groups assessed.

Jesuit institutions of higher learning are ideally suited for hosting a consortium of human rights practitioners and Jesuit apostolic partners from universities, the Jesuit Refugee Service, and groups in regular contact with the Social Justice and Ecology secretariat in Rome. To be better educators for justice and more effective actors countering injustice, the working groups proposed:

  • A foundational document on human rights able to be adopted by all Jesuit institutions, drawing on the statements about justice, peace, and human rights in recent General Congregations of the Society of Jesus;
  • A continuing and rigorous self-examination by Jesuit universities regarding their just structures and investment practices;
  • An equal participation of women in governance;
  • A closer linkage with human rights organizations;
  • Curricular exposure for all students to human rights and peace issues, including as far as possible Catholic social teaching;
  • and a distinctively Ignatian and academic promotion of a culture of peace in which rights might flourish.
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A Show of Support

Students, faculty, staff rally against racism on Santa Clara University’s campus.

The Gift

Sacrifice, given willingly and with love, makes us human.

On Being Better

How can we be better to each other, particularly as white people seek to become allies?

The Sacrificial Tweet

A single misstep on social media comes at a high price these days. And yet we’re being asked to speak up louder and more frequently against injustice. What are we willing to sacrifice to keep posting?