Facilitated by the Maryland and Bolivian Provinces of the Society of Jesus, Saint Joseph’s University (SJU) began a partnership with Fe y Alegria:Bolivia in 2001. The Faith-Justice Institute is the primary facilitator and animator of the partnership for the University. The partnership continues to develop and evolve based on both partners’ needs, resources and vision and includes community-based research, SJU faculty/staff immersions, Fe y Alegria:Bolivia professional immersions, SJU student immersions and professional collaboration.
Honorary Degree in Education Awarded to P. Rafael Garcia Mora, SJ, National Director of Fe y Alegria:Bolivia (pictured on the right next to President Fr. C. Kevin Gillespie, SJ in 2013)
Sample Collaborative Trainings and Community-Based Research:
Collaborative Trainings: Institutional and Curriculum Planning, The Jesuit Mission in Education, Ignatian Pedagogy
J. Neiva de Figueiredo and M.A. Marca Barrientos, "A decision support methodology for increasing school efficiency in Bolivia's low-income communities," International Transactions in Operational Research, 19:99-121.
J. Neiva de Figueiredo, A.M. Jursca-Keffer, M.A. Marca Barrientos, and S. Gonzalez “A robust University-NGO partnership and CBR: Analyzing school efficiencies in Bolivia with community-based management techniques,” Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, 6:93-112
“We must therefore raise our Jesuit education standard to ‘educate the whole person of solidarity for the real world.' Solidarity is learned through ‘contact' rather than through ‘concepts'….When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be challenged to change. Personal involvement with innocent suffering, with the injustice others suffer, is the catalyst for solidarity which then gives rise to intellectual inquiry and moral reflection” - Father General Peter Hans Kolvenbach, SJ, The Service of Faith and the Promotion of Justice in American Jesuit Higher Education, 2000).
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2003 Saint Joseph’s University delegation
Peter Clark, SJ Theology, Carmen Croce, University Press, Ann Marie Jursca, Faith Justice Institute, Mimi Limbach Admissions, Betsy Linehan, RSM, Philosophy, Tom McDuffie, Education, Amy Myers, Mathematics, Eva Recio-Gonzalez, Foreign Language, Joan Timby, Residence Life
2004 Saint Joseph’s University delegation
Concha Alborg, Foreign Language, Chris Bagley, Academic Advising of Student Athletes, George Bur, SJ, Rector Jesuit Community, John Jewell, Psychology, Ann Marie Jursca, Faith Justice Institute, Linda Lelii, Student Life, Guy Lemaitre, Foreign Language, Marty Meloche, Food Marketing, Cathy Schoffstall, Institute for Violence Research Prevention
2005 Saint Joseph’s University delegation
Frank Bernt Faith Justice Institute, Megan Combs, Student Services, Bill Conway, College of Arts & Sciences Deans Office, Kathy Gaval, Office of Planning, John Longo, Chemistry, Jerry McGlone, SJ, Office of Mission, Evelyn Minick, Francis A. Drexel Library, Peter Norberg, English, Jean Smolen, Chemistry