Six Receive Endowed Mission Fund Grants

Written by Laura Paskin
May 13, 2014

The Office of Mission and Ministry provided funding to six members of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty that highlights the depth and breadth of faculty research and instructional activities.

“These grants will build on our deep commitment to global engagement and social justice,” said Dean David Powers.

Below are the Arts and Sciences grant recipients and projects funded for 2014-15:

  • Theology and Religious Studies Professor Jeanette Rodriguez will lead a group to Cuernavaca, Mexico, for an immersion experience that includes a critical socioeconomic analysis of the isolation of non-poor from the poor and learning from the experiences of Benedictine sisters working with poor communities.
  • English Professor David Leigh, S.J., will lead a Summer Faculty Seminar, “Economy, Violence, Justice: Catholic Social Thought and Contemporary Issues,” which will analyze the interconnections between economic injustices in the form of exclusion and inequality as they constitute or spawn various forms of violence. The group will explore applications, implications and challenges from a variety of sources and disciplines.
  • Visual Art Professor Trung Pham, S.J., will document sacred artworks in Vietnam and exhibit his Madonna art in Ho Chi Minh City.
  • English Professor Susan Meyers will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa, to lead a workshop to empower undocumented female immigrants.
  • Anthropology Professor Ted Fortier will lead a group to work with Christians for Peace in El Salvador, document changes in El Salvador since the murder of Archbishop Romero, and acknowledge the 35th anniversary of the assassination.
  • Professor Christina Roberts, who teaches in the departments of English and Women and Gender Studies, will convene local educators who work with tribal youth and conduct an on-campus cultural event for the youth.

The Endowed Mission Fund encourages personal and professional development for leadership in mission through programs, projects, and research related to the Catholic, Jesuit Identity of Seattle University.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 41 undergraduate major degrees, 36 minors, and six master's degrees.