I have participated in almost every program that the ISN runs and I am always blown away by the energy, creativity, and passion they bring to educating and organizing Jesuit institutions around issues of social justice. As an administrator at a Jesuit high school, I am always energized and inspired by my experiences with the ISN. And I know that my students' experiences with the ISN, particularly the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice have changed the way they look at the world and their role in changing it.
I can sincerely and honestly say ISN has changed my life. As a student at a Jesuit institution, I have participated in many different forms of ISN programming: an IFTJ participant and student speaker, an Arrupe leader, a volunteer intern. ISN not only educates students like myself about issues of social justice, it empowers them. Empowers them, or should I say it empowered me, to be faithful to my Jesuit identity, to go beyond bandaging wounds and work towards systemic change, to be a leader in the model of so many great people of faith and justice before me. ISN has taught me that to be a leader for justice one must not only speak and act but, perhaps more importantly, listen and be and accompany. Thank you ISN for your work and inspiration: all you have done to "set the world on fire," one student's heart at a time.
A few years ago, as an interested observer, I attended for the first time the annual ISN Jesuit Family Teach-In held in Washington, DC (Jesuit universities, colleges, high schools, parishes, etc.) dedicated to social justice education and advocacy, which is the heart of ISN's mission. There were 1200 attendees (mostly students) listening attentatively and respectfully to peers and well known speakers for a full day before lobbying on Capitol Hill, but the most telling feature to me was the lack of any cellphone use or texting -- total involvement and attention to the speakers and to what was being said! I thought, "If this is our future, I want to be part of it!"
I attended the 2013 Ignatian Solidarity Network University Leaders Summit at John Carroll University. The ISN Summit far exceeded my expectations; the organizers provided a comfortable and engaging environment in which students from Jesuit universities across the country could discuss social justice on their campus and in their communities.
I attended a Jesuit university leadership conference sponsored and organized by ISN this summer. The conference was an amazing opportunity for me to meet other college students who share in my passion for social justice. I was also given a toolbox of useful skills - budgeting, community organizing, fundraising, and advocacy - that I will be able to apply to many of the programs and initiatives I hope to bring back to my university community. The weekend was inspiring and affirming. I left with a more confidence, better focus, a deeper desire to work for justice, and a network of individuals I can look to for support, wisdom, and guidance. I continue to be involved with this organization, and I have already begun to start some social justice conversations on my campus. ISN is an amazing nonprofit that does amazing work for the greater glory of God. St. Ignatius would be proud.
I participated in a conference put on by the Ignatian Solidarity Network with a focus on social justice. It was amazing. I learned a lot, had the opportunity to grow and network with other people of similar interest and had a truly amazing and motivating experience. I would highly recommend attending an ISN event if at all possible!
I've had the pleasure of working with ISN as a steering committee member for their annual teach-in. After going to the teach-in in college, and now after seeing the inner workings of ISN up close, I know how hard Chris and Kim work, and what a great organization ISN is. As someone who works for social justice, I know that ISN is at the forefront of a larger movement in our Church, and in society. It's important to get students involved in this important work, and ISN is one of the best launching pads to ensure that in the future, young people will grow up and work to make our society and world a more just place to live.
What an experience!!! The ISN Arrupe Leadership Summit inspired my students to develop a school-wide service and justice program for the entire school, on all grade levels. The energy and enthusiasm that they came back with, continued in their work on our campus. The ISN summit was not only worthwhile, it is already on our calendar for next year as well.....Thanks to ISN for their leadership, energy, and well run program.
After returning to the United States in August 2012 following a year of international post-graduate service, I was hoping to find ways to reconnect with faith and social justice communities back home. The Ignatian Solidarity Network helped me do that. Although I was pretty familiar with ISN during my undergraduate career at a Jesuit University, I became more familiar with this nonprofit in the past year. In November 2012, I attended the Ignatian Family Teach-In in Washington, DC. I have always loved attending the Teach-In because I feel that I leave with a renewed passion for the Jesuit mission and the different communities that support it through their own works and missions.
In February 2013, I was grateful to learn more about ISN by attending the Arrupe Leaders Summit (for high school students on the east coase) as a team member for the weekend. I was able to meet and connect with several high school groups and learn about the inspiring social justice work that these students engage in. As a team member, I was also able to share a bit of my own story and involvement of social justice while helping the students begin their own discussion of how they are going to continue the Jesuit mission in their own lives.
I am grateful for and applaud ISN for their wonderful work and mission.
The Ignatian Solidarity Network has provided well organized, intentional, and meaningful programing for our faculty and students. Our experience at the Arrupe Leadership Summit far exceeded our expect actions for the event. This event was prayerful, engaging, and age appropriate for high school student. By far one of the best events I have ever brought students to.