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The Jesuit University of Central America Nicaragua received dire news earlier this month when the Nicaraguan Technical Secretariat of the National Council of Universities, the government office responsible for distributing funding to the country’s universities, announced it would reduce the UCA’s disbursement by more than 25%.
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In the wake of ongoing unrest in Nicaragua, Seattle University has initiated efforts to support students at the Jesuits’ Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) de Nicaragua, where political and economic crisis and accompanying unrest has led to the suspension of academic and campus activities.
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Citing financial realities including the delay of government funding for student scholarships, the Jesuit university in Nicaragua has temporarily suspended classes. The UCA has played a pivotal role as a moral voice and place of safety for those calling attention to state-sponsored attacks on peaceful protests and public actions.