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JCU hosts the Ignatian Solidarity Network

September 8th, 2011

John Carroll University continues to fulfill its mission to “inspire individuals to excel in learning, leadership and service in the region and in the world,” by hosting the Ignatian Solidarity Network. ISN is a national Jesuit network that advocates for leadership and seeks to inform students, alumni and emerging leaders throughout the Jesuit community on issues involving social justice.

In mid-July the network relocated its central offices from the University of San Francisco to JCU’s Green Road Annex.

“We welcome the ISN to campus. This national organization provides another valuable expression of our Jesuit identity,” said the Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J. in a press release sent out in the summer.

Along with the uproot of its offices, ISN also appointed Chris Kerr,  JCU’s former coordinator of social justice initiatives and immersion experiences in campus ministry, as its new executive director. Kerr is enthused about his new position with ISN.

“There are a lot of great things happening here at JCU, around the idea of solidarity and the Jesuit community,” he said. “I am excited for people to connect and have interaction with each other while being witnesses of faith.”

He understands that ISN’s success will depend upon its visibility within the community. “We have already begun to update the website and establish a presence using social media,” he explained.

Kerr looks forward to building a presence and expanding social justice initiatives. “I am eager to work with passionate students, faculty and staff who value social justice and their commitment to community,” he said.

In addition to Kerr’s recent installment as executive director, ISN has also recruited California native Kim Miller for program director. Miller is a graduate of Gonzaga University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and broadcast studies. She has also served two years in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

Miller will work as primary facilitator for ISN’s annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, a three-day conference held in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the University of Central America martyrs who sacrificed their lives to walk with the poor of El Salvador. She will also assist with facilitating two other programs.

“Right now the ISN sponsors three programs, but we are open to expanding and networking with others,” she said.

“Kim is a resource that brings a lot of experience to ISN,” said Kerr

Both Miller and Kerr look forward to continuous involvement on campus with students and faculty.

“JCU is a university with emphasis in community and social justice and we hope to continue that legacy,” Miller said.

Kerr encourages the JCU community to become active participants in ISN and join on social media, visit the website, consider coming to one of the programs or sharing your own experiences online.

“In other words, become more engaged in this idea ‘network’ that JCU can be proud to say is based on their campus,” he said.