BY CHRIS KERR | December 11, 2014
Earlier this year Loyola University Chicago’s Student Government and Latin American Student Organization teamed up to pitch administrators with the idea of a scholarship fund to support undocumented students attending Loyola. This fall the Magis Scholars Fund became a reality. ISN ED Chris Kerr caught up with Student Government president Flavio Bravo ’16 to talk about the initiative and how they have invited a broader range of students into supporting the fund.
Loyola University Chicago has made a number significant commitments to supporting undocumented students over the past few years. Loyola became the first university in the country to publicly accept undocumented medical students, welcoming a number of students into this year’s medical school class. In addition, the university also has a “safe space” program for undocumented students.
In partnership with ISN and Faith in Public Life, Loyola hosted the Student Summit on Immigration Reform in February 2014.
Chris joined the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) as executive director in 2011. He has over fifteen years of experience in social justice advocacy and leadership in Catholic education and ministry. Prior to ISN he served in multiple roles at John Carroll University, including coordinating international immersion experience and social justice education programming as an inaugural co-director of John Carroll’s Arrupe Scholars Program for Social Action. Prior to his time at John Carroll he served as a teacher and administrator at the elementary and secondary levels in Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Chris speaks regularly at campuses and parishes about social justice education and advocacy, Jesuit mission, and a broad range of social justice issues. He currently serves on the board of directors for Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ). Chris earned a B.A. and M.A. from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. He and his family reside in Shaker Heights, Ohio.