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Educational Initiatives & Leadership

Office Updates

We are proud to collaborate with Beth Norcross, Executive Director at The Center for Spirituality in Nature, to offer the 2018 Global Citizen Program for young adults (18-30) with a focus on ecological transformation.   

The Popular Education Network of the Religious of the Sacred Heart, in collaboration with ARISE (A Resource in Serving Equity) of Alamo, Texas and MACC (Mexican American Catholic College) of San Antonio, Texas are pleased to offer the 6th Continental Meeting of Popular Education, Migration, Immigration & Human Trafficking: Crossing Frontiers-Connecting Humanity. 

We are deeply troubled by government policies that denigrate and demonize immigrants.  While remaining realistic about the challenges, we choose to be proactive and hopeful about the future.  The best possible outcomes will result through collaboration and partnerships.  The Office of Educational Initiatives & Leadership is currently working to promote social justice, human dignity and empowerment of the marginalized in partnership with others.  Some of our current work and partnerships include:

We are embarking on a new project for the formation and professional development of educators in collaboration with the National Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba.  Reyna Gonzalez and Imma De Stefanis recently spent a week in Bayamo, Cuba as part of a new alliance between the Stuart Center and the Bishops’ Conference.  In this new venture we have been able to recognize and bear witness to the new life that is emerging in Cuba.

The EIL office was instrumental in successfully coordinating a workshop on migration using a videoconferencing platform.  The presenter, Rafael Moreno, SJ, of Mexico is a pre-eminent researcher and activist with many years of experience in the area of immigration.  He is currently affiliated with Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes, Mexico.  The three-hour workshop brought together more than 30 people from 7 countries.

Reyna Gonzalez, RSCJ has been appointed Director of the Office of Educational Initiatives and Leadership.  She has held the role of Assistant Director for the last three years.  Reyna is a specialist in non-profit organizational management and popular education methodology.  She has more than 20 years of experience as an educator, administrator and consultant.  Her areas of expertise include, among other areas, strategic planning, leadership training, program developmenta and evaluation. 

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