A Global Partnership Initiative of the Jesuit Schools Network
Dear Global Companions:  

What does it mean to be a global citizen? A Global Task Force put their heads together and came up with this definition:

Global Citizens are those who continuously seek to deepen their awareness of their place and responsibility, both locally and globally, in an increasingly interconnected world; those who stand in solidarity with others in the pursuit of a sustainable earth and a more humane world as true companions in the mission of reconciliation and justice. (Secretariat Global Task Force on Global Citizenship 2019)

How do you define a global citizen? Read on to see what others are doing in the Jesuit Schools Network to deepen the global dimensions in their schools and to continue to prepare our students to be active participants and agents of change in this wonderful and complex world.
"To act as a universal body with a universal mission" GC35, D.2 #20
Catharine Steffens
Director of Global Partnerships
Jesuit Schools Network
On our campuses...
Fordham Prep's Global Education Conference Center: Bringing the World to Our Students
Thanks to a generous benefactor, Fordham Prep opened a new Global Education Conference Center this September. The center is fully equipped with state of the art video conferencing equipment through two 75 inch interactive displays. Using Zoom technology the teachers can now easily connect their students to other students around the world. The built- in video camera, with ipad control, allows teachers the capability of focusing in on just a small group of students or capturing the entire room.  The intentional design of the room, with a large Educate Magis Map and photos from student trips on six different continents, reminds our students that Jesuit education calls them to new frontiers and into companionship with our brothers and sisters around the world. 
Climate Strike ~ Here are the Jesuit Schools
What Next? How are our schools continuing to advocate and act?
Jesuit High School
 ~ Jennie Kuenz

Jesuit High School's Environmental Science classes built and planted three raised garden beds to celebrate the Season of Creation, culminating with a blessing on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4 th ). The garden’s goal is to connect students more closely with the natural world and provide students with the opportunity to Care for our Common Home . Students will research different growing conditions for the plants, harvest the garden produce and learn how to prepare and enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of their labors.
Brophy College Prep ~ Will Rutt

Brophy structured Jesuit Heritage week around living into the apostolic preferences. Students responded by holding a Zero Waste Day .

Students connected with Care for Our Common Home , by demonstrating how much trash we create each day and then inviting the student body to participate in a Zero-Waste Day. 

Another group on campus is working with the varsity shop and Michael's catering to sell stickers that get students a $1 fill up on their reusable water bottle if they have the sticker. 
Red Cloud Indian School has always been at the forefront of climate advocacy and action. Greta Thunberg, Swedish youth activist honored this long standing commitment to Care for our Common Home when she joined with Red Cloud student Tokata Iron Eyes in Red Cloud's Youth Climate Crisis Panel.
...and a special note from FLACSI... We in FLACSI are also so touched by all the mobilization that has taken place in various schools in Latin America, the US and globally! We recently published a an article where we "compiled" the actions that were taken in Latin America on September 20th. Together we continue the journey. ~Jimena Castro
Pope Francis Wall Hanging: Georgetown Preparatory School
Participating in the JSN Colloquium always offers an opportunity to share best practices and collaborate on new initiatives. Sometimes, it offers the chance to just shamelessly snag someone else’s idea. That’s what we did, anyway, at Georgetown Prep .  

A highlight of the Colloquium was visiting Loyola Academy, Wilmette . The tour of their facilities, the “taste” of Chicago buffet dinner and time for more collegial conversation was a great experience. But what especially got our attention was a large wall hanging with the image of Pope Francis and the message that “ Transformational Leaders are Jesuit Educated ” prominent in the main hall of the school.  
Such a mission bearing message was just the thing we needed in a building with lots of foot traffic. With the help of Loyola Academy’s president, Father Pat McGrath and his director of Public Relations, Robin Hunt we tracked down the artwork, method and process of production and were able to replicate the wall hanging at Georgetown Prep.  
The wall in question was perfect not only because it was large and centrally located, but, as our colleague, Dan Bowen pointed out, anyone coming and going from the Admissions Office, the Board Room or College Counseling will be getting a not so subtle reminder of the objective of Jesuit education: to educate students willing and able to work toward making the world more just and more humane, all for the greater glory of God. 
And beyond...
Fr. Joe Parkes SJ at BC High teaching students from our Jesuit school in Barranquilla, Colombia how to bless themselves in Irish! #JSNglobal
Tag your photos with #JSNGlobal and SHARE your global journeys in & out of the classroom.
Jesuit Education: Today and Tomorrow  
How can we re-imagine our Jesuit schools in the new global context of our time?  Fr. José Mesa SJ, Secretary for Jesuit Education reflects on how the Global Jesuit Education Community has an enormous apostolic global potential for networking and collaboration, through ongoing discernment (GC 36, D.2, #3). The Cycles of Global Jesuit Education Gatherings help us discover creative responses to walk as a global network at the service of the mission. Jesuit schools are called to become environments that “breathe” the spirit that flows from these global gatherings and act on them, thus making Jesuit Education a living tradition!  Read More
My Experience Taking the Global Citizenship Course
Stacy Dainard, a teacher of Social Studies at St. Paul’s High School in Winnipeg, Canada is featured on Educate Magis reflecting on his experience taking the Educate Magis Global Citizenship Course. He first took it in preparation for his participation in JSN's Ad hoc Global Working Group.

You may see yourself in his response when asked " Why did you decide to take the course? " ...Stacy: " To be honest, like many people I am guessing, I was on Educate Magis a fair bit when I first heard about it but sort of went away from it after a little while only visiting it when email updates and prompts would come in. " Read Stacy's blog post to see how he came to conclude that: " The Global Citizenship Course will not take too much of your time and I would be very surprised if you completed the course and did not find  at least  one thing to use in your classroom. Additionally, this course will help you guide students to thinking critically about their world – locally, nationally and globally. Finally, as Ignatian educators I believe this course allows us continue to be life-long learners. "
An Activity for the Fast Approaching Exchange Season
The fast-approaching date of the  Spanish/French/ Italian/German/Peruvian/ Brazilian/etc.   Exchange  is here: months of preparation have materialized into the arrival of this year's group of students and chaperones from one of the schools in our global Jesuit network of schools, and, before you know it, you'll be celebrating at the farewell dinner to see them off safely!

It seems the two-week model that many of our schools follow for exchange programs is really optimal: visiting students feel like locals, commuting to/from school and attending classes with their new classmates, experiencing the ever packed daily schedule of extracurriculars and sports after school before returning home to a family dinner, and, of course, enjoying cultural excursions and taking in all the best local sights whenever possible. 

When I reflect on these exchanges, I always imagine what a whirlwind experience it must be for the visiting group and try to think of how to make the visiting students and faculty feel as welcome as possible from the outset. I know our students and their families do a great job of this, so as a classroom teacher, I wondered how I could do the same to let the students hit the ground running while they are on campus. 

As I was explaining some aspects of our school to a new colleague this year, it occurred to me that much of that feeling is just understanding the day-to-day schedule, and, inevitably, a new set of vocab, specific to our school and culture. This led me to create the activity linked below for the first exchange group that was with us this school year. It allowed the students to understand some essential parts that make up our school that we simply take for granted -- as given and understood by everyone, since we see them all the time -- and then, share similar aspects, their equivalents or differences, from their school back home. 

I shared the questions with them as soon as they arrived and then at some point in the second week, we went over it to see not only how they understood it, but hear how they had seen/heard/experienced these things on campus. It was a fun activity that I think allowed us to build a shared vocabulary to describe the similarities and differences that make our Jesuit schools so unique; hope you can enjoy/share/expand on it!
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
JRS recently released a report about JRS’s response to the Venezuelan diaspora.  Los Desplazados  features the stories of Venezuelan migrants as they’ve journeyed across South America to find refuge. Please contact Josh Utter  if you’d like a Spanish PDF of the report for use in the Spanish classroom.
Adult Ignatian Pilgrimage Opportunity
Come walk in the footsteps of St Ignatius this summer with other faculty and staff from Jesuit schools: July 16-28, 2020 . Cost is 953 Euros plus flight to and from Barcelona. Please contact Bill Haardt or Fr. Jose Luis Iriberri with any questions.
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