Educational Initiatives & Leadership
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.
The Summit Leadership Academy is a week-long rigorous training program with a focus on motivating youth to be proactive social change agents. Through hands-on seminars participants explore such topics as personal leadership style; role of contextual reality; spiritual and ethical dimensions; concepts of power/empowerment; and the interplay of gender, race and social class. They also learn professional level skills of project development, implementation and evaluation.
If you attended a Sacred Heart school anywhere in the world,are between 18 and 25,would like to share your experience and build new connections... then join others like yourself at AMASC's First International Youth Meeting in Washington, DC from June 27-July 1.
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