The San Ignacio Society, named in honor of the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and the patron saint of Saint Ignatius College Prep. The San Ignacio Society, whose efforts support tuition assistance for Latino American students at Saint Ignatius, will host events for the Latino as well as entire Ignatius community throughout the year.
The San Ignacio Society supports a holistic view of advocacy, support, and inclusivity for the Latinx student body, alumni, faculty and staff of Saint Ignatius through financial support, fellowship, and student mentorship.
On Thursday, March 25th, the San Ignacio Society along with ALAS and College Counseling held a College Panel. Many alumni from various careers shared insights, resources and personal experiences of how they "set the world on fire" while at Saint Ignatius and after graduation. Thank you to San Ignacio Leaders, Patricia Avila '98 and Julio Paz '98, Saint Ignatius College Prep counselor Margaret Miranda and special guest Antonia Garcia, Senior Assistant Director for the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Northwestern University. A special thank you to our recent alumnae college student panel participants: Andrea Banda '19, Samantha Castro-Rico '18, Ashley Del Toro '18, Carolina Garibay '18 and Alejandra Natera '18 for being true women for others.
On Saturday, December 19, 2020, The San Ignacio Society along with ALAS, Association of Latin-American Students, organized and wrapped the donated gifts collected from their Inaugural Holiday Drive. The Holiday Drive was done in partnership with Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez and local nonprofit organizations to give clothing and essentials for seniors and families in need in the Pilsen Community.
On Thursday, November 12, 2020, the San Ignacio Society held their first program in their Speaker Series. The topic was “Current Themes in the National Discussion on Immigration Policy and Politics.” Our panel of experts were Ruth Lopez-McCarthy ’99, an Immigration Attorney, Juan Manuel Pedroza ’99, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of California, Santa Cruz , Ricardo Ramirez, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, Rebecca Shi, Executive Director at American Business Immigration Coalition, co-hosted by San Ignacio Programming Chair, Patricia Avila Rodriguez ’98 and moderated by San Ignacio Membership Co-Chair Simón Weffer ’91, Associate Professor of Sociology and Latino and Latin American Studies at Northern Illinois University. There were over 50 attendees, including members of club ALAS. They talked about what changes may come from a new administration and how this recent campaign brought a new focus on immigration and created a strong coming together of the Latinx Community. They explained why reframing immigration offenses and investing in Community Organizations were critical and that everyone should get involved. Other essential information was about the Legal Protection Agencies and how being educated about Immigration policies is very useful. A final message to tie everything together: Please always remember to Vote.
San Ignacio Virtual Welcome 09.09.2020
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On September 9, 2020, the San Ignacio Society hosted a Virtual Welcome for incoming Latinx students and their parents. We heard from Lou Nieto ’73, Phil Acevedo ’09 and Peter Amaro ’01 who all talked about their experience at Saint Ignatius as a Latinx student and how it prepared them for their future. Alyssa Cabrera ’21 gave insight about being a current student and her involvement with ALAS and other ways of getting involved and meeting other Latinx students. Kitty Hooper ’87, our Diversity Coordinator, listed all the resources Saint Ignatius has for Latinx students and gave examples of how ALAS can also be a resource. John Chandler expressed what a gift our Latinx families are at Saint Ignatius, thanked them for their involvement then gave examples of the many Saint Ignatius service projects that happen in the Latinx communities here and around the world. Thank you to everyone who joined this event, including Principal Brianna Latko. A special thank you to Veronica Reyes for translating and Inaugural President of the San Ignacio Society Julio Paz ’98 for moderating.
¡Gracias por atender!
El 9 de septiembre, del 2020, La Sociedad de San Ignacio organizo La Bienvenida Virtual para estudiantes entrantes Latinx y sus padres. Escuchamos de Lou Nieto ’73, Phil Acevedo ’09 y Peter Amaro ’01 quienes hablaron sobre sus experiencias en San Ignacio como estudiante Latinx y como este los preparo para su futuro. Alyssa Cabrera ’21 hablo de su experiencia como estudiante actual y su involucramiento con ALAS y otras maneras en como participar y conocer a otros estudiantes Latinx. Kitty Hooper ’87, nuestra Coordinadora de Diversidad, hablo de todos los recursos disponibles en San Ignacio para estudiantes Latinx y dio ejemplos de cómo ALAS también puede ser un recurso. John Chandler expreso el regalo que han sido las familias Latinx para San Ignacio, agradeció su participación y dio ejemplos de los proyectos de servicio que ofrece San Ignacio que se llevan a cabo en las comunidades Latinx aquí y alrededor del mundo. Gracias a todos que nos acompañaron a este evento, incluyendo a la Directora Brianna Latko. Un agradecimiento especial a Veronica Reyes por traducir y al Presidente Inaugural de la Sociedad de San Ignacio, Julio Paz ’98 por moderar el evento.