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"Solidarity is mutual respect and understanding"

Looking back on my immersion experience now, I see now that the concept of 'solidarity' is a complex one. For me, the foundation of 'solidarity' with another community is made up of a mutual respect and understanding between the two communities, along with an overarching unified theme of wanting to learn about the other.

"Solidarity is a combination of both empathy and understanding"

I recently returned from an immersion trip to New Orleans, my second immersion experience but my first domestic trip. As the student leader for the trip, I spent a great deal of time preparing our group for what to expect, but the actual word ‘solidarity’ was never brought up in our pre-trip meetings. I think that many of the general concepts of solidarity were touched upon, but the word itself is hard to define and therefore hard to teach. I am a firm believer that ‘solidarity’ is one of those rare words that can take a unique shape depending on the individual experience.
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University Social Justice Student Leaders Converge at ISN Leadership Summit

Twenty-seven student leaders from Jesuit and other Catholic universities across the country are converging on San Francisco, California, for the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s 2nd annual University Leadership Summit from January 13-15, 2012 at the Mercy Retreat Center in Berlingame. The ISN University Leadership Summit invites emerging leaders for social justice to spend a weekend strengthening their capacity to effect positive social change while deepening their understanding of the relationship between faith and justice emphasized in the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola.