Letter from the Editor

This month’s issue of Connections features graduate and professional programs as they are enhanced by mission at Jesuit universities. From social justice outreach at Loyola Law School (Loyola Marymount University), Saint Louis University and the University of Detroit Mercy, to mission-based curricula at Seattle University and The University of Scranton, these institutions demonstrate a commitment to Jesuit values through all levels of higher education.

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Federal Relations

Three weeks after the AJCU Federal Relations Conference, AJCU delivered another successful outreach effort through the October 28th Congressional Breakfast on Capitol Hill, attended by AJCU presidents and government relations officers, as well as 32 members of Congress from both the Senate and the House. This breakfast focused on Federal student aid issues, including saving Perkins loans.

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SLU LAW Seeks a Higher Purpose and Greater Good in Wake of Ferguson

As a Jesuit institution, Saint Louis University (SLU) School of Law faculty, staff and students are compelled to put its mission into action. Amid controversies in St. Louis, MO last year, SLU LAW professors and students immediately took it upon themselves to go into the community and assist residents through the process of healing and reform in the wake of Ferguson.

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Ethos Matters: Delivering on the Jesuit Mission through Graduate and Professional Experiences at Seattle University

The Jesuit mission of social justice is a conspicuous flame at all AJCU institutions and drives which graduate and professional programs our schools offer and where and how we offer them. By sharing a few examples of graduate and professional programs at Seattle University, we hope to find new conversation partners and tend more fertile ground for developing more agents of social change across the AJCU network.

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Infusing Business Education with Jesuit Values

Exhibiting Ignatian values is both a duty and an opportunity for Jesuit business schools. Because we prepare students to become successful corporate executives and entrepreneurs, we incur a special responsibility to inculcate a sense of business ethics and social justice, as well as spirituality and discernment to help graduates balance demanding careers with fulfilling personal lives.

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Educating for Justice Toward Migrants: USF’s Master in Migration Studies

The University of San Francisco (USF) has created, in collaboration with the Jesuit university in Mexico City (Universidad Iberoamericana), a unique academic program to train professionals and researchers on the many perspectives involved in understanding migration and supporting the personal, social, legal and spiritual needs of migrants and refugees.

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