IGNATIAN JUSTICE SUMMIT
Seeking Migration + Ecological Justice on College Campuses
Seeking Migration + Ecological Justice on College Campuses
Take part in 4 days of networking; sharing goals, challenges, and best practices; sharpening organizing/advocacy skills; praying and learning about the Ignatian call to work for justice; and committing to taking coordinated, collaborative action returning to campus.
The Summit will feature leaders in the immigration and environmental movements and policy experts whose work is grounded in Ignatian thought. Presentations and workshops will allow attendees to build organizing/advocacy skills and will take a deep-dive into either migration justice or environmental justice.
Ideal Ignatian Justice Summit participants are currently involved in organizing for environmental justice and/or immigrant rights on campus. They are both directly impacted and allies, who have a commitment to continuing their work for more just campuses, communities, and policies. Participants should seek to both grow in their understanding, ideas, and convictions, as well as be willing to share their insights with fellow leaders.
All attendees, speakers, and facilitators must provide proof of COVID vaccination to ISN prior to arriving to the Ignatian Justice Summit.
Paul Campion | Organizer, Sunrise Movement
Paul Campion is a Sunrise Movement organizer and Catholic Worker, building people power to stop the climate crisis and build a loving and just world. Currently he manages Sunrise’s Distributed Organizing programs. He went on hunger strike for 11 days in October to demand that Joe Biden and the Democrats deliver on their climate justice promises. On Saturdays with his neighbors he packs and delivers food rescued groceries to other neighbors. On warm summer nights, he loves to bike along Lake Michigan looking at the bright city lights and stars that poke through. He likes to run and have bonfires with family and friends. Paul is excited to win and enact a Green New Deal so that he and the people he loves can live full, beautiful lives. Paul is Jesuit educated, having graduated from Gonzaga College High School and Loyola University Chicago. He lives in Chicago, Illinois with his housemates at Emmaus House.
Annie Fox | Provincial Assistant for Social Ministry Organizing, Jesuits West
Erin McDonald, C.S.J. | University Minister for Service and Social Justice, University of Detroit Mercy
Sr. Erin is in the Congregation of Sisters of St Joseph and a social worker. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wheeling Jesuit University, a master’s degree in social work from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University New Orleans.
Sr. Erin was born and raised on Cape Cod, Mass., but she moved to West Virginia for undergraduate studies and lived there for 11 years. For several years, Sr. Erin worked as the Director of the Service for Social Action Center at Wheeling Jesuit University, where she coordinated student volunteers, service immersion trips, campus advocacy campaigns, the Mother Jones House residential service program and lived on campus as a residential chaplain. She left Wheeling Jesuit University to work with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Rwanda as a humanitarian aid worker.
After returning from Rwanda, Sr. Erin entered the Sisters of St Joseph and moved to urban Detroit to work at Freedom House after taking first vows. At Freedom House, a shelter for survivors of torture and persecution who are seeking asylum in the US, Sr. Erin was the social worker who managed the medical, mental health and educational services for the residents.
José Arnulfo Cabrera | Director of Education and Advocacy on Migration, Ignatian Solidarity Network
José Arnulfo Cabrera was born in a small village in Mexico and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. Growing up, Cabrera remembers his mom organizing undocumented workers in Cincinnati for a just wage and safe working conditions. During this time, he learned organizing tricks and skills to keep people engaged and hopeful during disappointing moments. It wasn’t long until Cabrera started organizing for immigration reform issues, sharing his family’s story and how he would benefit from legislation like the DREAM Act. After high school, Cabrera, studied at Xavier University, while at the same time working at the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) in Cincinnati where he started a group called Youth Educating Society (YES). Through his work at IJPC and YES he became an advocate for DACA recipients across Cincinnati, particularly at Xavier, by training and working with staff members on making Xavier a DACA friendly campus. In 2017 Cabrera attended his first ISN program, the Ignatian Justice Summit on Immigration, where Cabrera fell in love with ISN’s mission. He spoke at the Advocacy Day Public Witness during the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in 2017 and the 2018 Ignatian Justice Summit, and has contributed to ISN’s online content. After graduation, Cabrera served as a government relations associate at NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice in Washington, D.C. where he enhanced his understanding and knowledge of furthering pro-immigrant policy. Cabrera is a former DACA recipient.
Brenna Davis | Director of Environmental Initiatives, Ignatian Solidarity Network
Brenna Davis joined the Ignatian Solidarity Network in February 2019. Originally from Tennessee, Brenna graduated from Boston College in 2010 with a B.A. in theology and Spanish. After graduation, she moved to Cleveland as a Jesuit Volunteer and served at The West Side Catholic Center, a multi-service center for people experiencing homelessness. In this role, she started holistic wellness classes such as yoga and creative writing for center patrons. At the end of her JV year, Brenna began working at Saint Martin de Porres, Cleveland’s Cristo Rey High School, as a theology teacher and cross country coach. After four of the most joyful and challenging years of her life as a social justice teacher, Brenna transitioned to the role of main office coordinator at the school and focused on not only administrative functions but also developed initiatives to promote joy and self-care for faculty and staff. More importantly, she was the self-proclaimed assistant to the director of facilities in all sustainability initiatives on campus. She is a certified spiritual director, Cuyahoga County Master Recycler, and is a member of NCR’s EarthBeat Advisory Panel. In her spare time, Brenna enjoys reading, running, bullet journaling, speaking Spanish, writing letters, and digging through trash cans to properly sort recycling.
Schedule subject to change
|Tuesday, July 26||Wednesday, July 27||Thursday, July 28||Friday, July 29|
Welcome, Dinner, Norm Setting, and Community Building
Staying Connected to ISN
Seeking Justice Through an Ignatian Lens
What Next? Action Plan Presentations
An Ignatian Approach to Migration / Ecology (in issue area groups)
School Group Meetings
Action Planning Lunch
Organizing in Higher Ed
Migration / Ecology Planning (in issue area groups)
Intersectionality of Migration / Ecology Work
Storytelling in Organizing Work
Dinner and Outing
$425/ person for member institutions
$450/ person for non-member institutions
$475/ person for member institutions
$500/ person for non-member institutions
Friday, May 20
Final Payment Deadline:
Friday, May 27
ISN prepares materials and arrangements according to the number of participants registered. Thus, a non-refundable deposit of $100 per person will be due at the time of registration. Any cancellations occurring after the registration deadline will NOT be refunded.
Thanks to a generous grant from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development, we are able to offer 15 partial registration scholarships to students who represent vulnerable populations, including those whose family have limited financial capacity as well as those who have limited access to long-term legal immigration status (ie. DACA recipients, TPS holders, etc.) or who have family members in similar situations.
Registration fees minus a $100 non-refundable deposit will be covered for scholarship recipients. The sponsoring school is asked to cover the cost of transportation to and from Cleveland, OH.
Each university is welcome to invite up to 8 students to participate in the Summit. We highly recommend sending both students who are leaders in organizing and advocacy on your campus, in addition to a few students who are developing their leadership skills.
Each university faculty/staff person completing the group registration will be asked to submit the name and contact information for all Summit participants no later than May 20, 2022.