On Sunday, June 16, Rev. José Alberto “Chepe” Idiaquez, S.J, president of the University of Central America (UCA), a Jesuit institution in Managua, Nicaragua, received an honorary degree during the undergraduate commencement ceremony at Seattle University. The degree was conferred by Seattle University’s president, Rev. Stephen Sundborg, S.J., at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA (pictured left).

Click here to learn more about Fr. Chepe’s honorary degree.

Appeal for the Students at the UCA in Nicaragua

The University of Central America (UCA) in Nicaragua has been embroiled in political unrest since April 2018. The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) continues to stand in solidarity with the UCA, a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Latin America (AUSJAL), and offers support on behalf of our member institutions (click here for AJCU's statement on April 24th).

To learn more about the ongoing situation in Nicaragua, please click on the images and links below to statements, articles, reports and helpful accounts to follow on Twitter. This page is regularly updated. Please send any suggestions or additional links to Deanna Howes Spiro, AJCU's director of communications: dhowes@ajcunet.edu.

AJCU is sharing an appeal for donations to scholarships that will help support students at the University of Central America (UCA) in Managua, Nicaragua. This effort has been coordinated by Seattle University (which has a longstanding partnership with the UCA) and the Jesuits Central and Southern Province (UCS). Details can be found in this letter from Rev. Stephen Sundborg, S.J., president of Seattle U, along with a link to a website where you can make individual donations to the UCA for scholarships.





Twitter is a strong resource for finding current coverage on Nicaragua in real-time. Search for stories using the hashtag #SOSNicaragua and consider following these accounts:

  • La Prensa Nicaragua (@laprensa)

  • Organization of American States (@OAS_official)

  • Washington Office on Latin America (@WOLA_org)

  • Nicaraguan Human Rights Center (@cenidh)

  • Silvio José Báez, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Managua (@silviojbaez)

  • Brian Strassburger, S.J. (U.S. Jesuit Scholastic working in Nicaragua: @StrassburgerSJ)

For additional information, please visit peacewinds.org, maintained by the Winds of Peace Foundation.

Statements of Support from North American Jesuit Colleges & Universities: