For members of Seattle University's faculty and staff, March was a month of high engagement with other Jesuit schools throughout the world.
SU was well represented at the recent launch of the new academic year for the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in Managua, Nicaragua, through a trip organized by Joe Orlando of the Office of Jesuit Mission and Identity. Serving as panelists of a colloquium, five of our faculty took up Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si': Pat Kelly, S.J., and Jeanette Rodriguez of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Michael Trice and Leticia Guardiola-Saenz of the School of Theology and Ministry and Russ Powell of Global Engagement. The university has a longstanding partnership with UCA, which was formalized in 2014. (UCA President Chepe Idiaquez, S.J., recently visited SU and participated in the university's Mission Day.)
Also in March, Jesuit Mission and Identity led a group of faculty and staff on the university's first India Immersion Experience. Included in the pilot program were Orlando, Powell, Jenny Loertscher (Chemistry), Sonora Jha (Communication),and Meena Rishi (Economics). This visit was designed in partnership with St. Joseph's College, a Jesuit institution of higher education in Bangalore, India.
(Pictured from left to right at the Universidad Centroamericana: Joe Orlando, Michael Trice, Russ Powell, Jeanette Rodriguez, Leticia Guardiola-Saenz and Pat Kelly, S.J.)