Jesuit universities across the nation are digging into the gritty reality and working for social justice in their classrooms & communities. The ISN Media Team consists of college students who are engaged in this work for justice and desire to connect their community’s stories and ideas with change leaders in the wider network. Throughout the year, they will be connecting with each other, media leaders in Ignatian and faith/justice oriented news, and reporting and conversing with the Ignatian family. Meet the 2013-2014 team below and join the conversation!

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Lent: Breaking the Bonds of a Throwaway Culture

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“Are we a throwaway culture?” Pope Francis calls our generation to consider this question as we, a united body of brothers and sisters in Christ, reflect upon the extreme issue of United States’ Immigration Reform as a human rights issue and call into question how we are currently administering to those thrown into the societal margins of inequality.

2013-2014 Media Team

Anthony Carnesecca

Anthony Carnesecca

Santa Clara University

Anthony Carnesecca is a sophomore at Santa Clara University studying both Communication and Environmental Studies.He has a strong passion for sports and nature and spends most of my time playing different sports, hiking, camping, and enjoying time outside. He has a deep appreciation and love for the environment so that this world may stay amazing and beautiful. But, most of all, he is an extrovert that loves spending time with people while learning about their lives and hearing different stories.

Anna Ferguson

Anna Ferguson

Creighton University

Anna Ferguson is a junior studying theology and journalism at Creighton University. She is originally from Wheaton, IL, which is a suburb just West of Chicago, and, yes, a PROUD Cubs fan! The oldest of six girls, she comes from a lively family who instilled in her a desire to serve the less fortunate and learn as much as she can about the world around her. She came into Creighton with the dream of becoming a big reporter one day, but the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, the service trip she attended, the volunteering she participated in, and her theology class convinced her otherwise throughout her freshman year. She couldn’t ignore her passion for service and love for the Catholic faith, so she tacked on a theology major, and dove deeper into service, social justice, and advocacy through her job in the Creighton Center for Service and Justice. Throughout these experiences, she realized that she wanted to use her writing skills for so much more than a big newspaper job. Today, her dream is to be a kind of missionary-journalist, engaging the world in the "gritty reality" around them (to borrow from Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach).

Melissa Fowler

Melissa Fowler

John Carroll University

Melissa Fowler is a Junior at John Carroll University pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Her interests include: volunteering, education, supporting several non-profits, listening to little known music, going to concerts, writing, basketball, and lacrosse.

Carlos Martinez

Carlos Martinez

Santa Clara University

Carlos is a student of Santa Clara University’s class of 2015. Originally from San Diego, California, he is majoring in Political Science and Religious Studies with a minor in Sociology. He first became interested in the Ignatian Solidarity Network after attending the University Leadership Summit as a freshman. At Santa Clara, he has been involved in immersion trips and campus ministry events, and more recently he has been exploring volunteer opportunities through his new position as a resident assistant. Carlos is continually inspired to find more ways to learn about and promote social justice, and is particularly interested in the relationship between social justice and politics.

Fátima Peña

Fátima Peña

Central American University (UCA)

Fátima Aracely Peña Fuentes is 19 years old and in her third year of pursuing a degree in Social Communication at the Central American University (UCA). She‘s from a small country in Central America called El Salvador (Monsignor Romero and Jesuit Martyr’s country). When not in the classroom, she is an educational guide at Monsignor Romero Center and always trying to tell people all the story about our martyrs. For many years she has been interested in topics such as social justice and Liberation Theology that she has learned with the Jesuits.

Maura Rocks

Maura Rocks

Loyola University Chicago

Maura Rocks is a sophomore at Loyola University Chicago majoring in Political Science and Theology with a minor in Urban Studies. She‘s a Chicagoan born and raised (translation: ketchup does not belong on a hot dog and deep dish pizza rules) and she grew up Rogers Park, a neighborhood on the city’s north side. Since her freshman year of high school, Maura has been interested in social justice. She’s especially connected to the injustices she witnesses daily on the streets of Chicago - issues ranging from homelessness, hunger and food deserts to gun violence, education inequality, and wealth disparities. Maura hopes to share with the greater Ignatian Family stories, photographs, and musings about social justice on her campus, in her community, and in the bigger picture. A.M.D.G!

Jenn Ruckel

Jenn Ruckel

Loyola University Maryland

Jenn Ruckel is a junior English major at Loyola University Maryland. She is editor in chief of Loyola‘s student newspaper, The Greyhound, and a service coordinator at Loyola’s Center for Community Service and Justice. Jenn is an aspiring journalist and coffee fanatic, and is thrilled to serve be serving in El Salvador in May.

Maura Stewart

Maura Stewart

John Carroll University

Maura is a senior at John Carroll University with a Communications major and Spanish minor. She enjoys traveling, social justice, photography, writing, and social media. After traveling to Immokalee, Florida and El Salvador on Immersion trips, Maura became extremely passionate about immigration reform, human rights, education, and poverty alleviation efforts. She is very excited to be a part of the Media Team and attend her first Teach-In this fall!