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Connections: November-December 2022

2022: A Milestone Year in Higher Education

Letter from the Editor
In 2022, the higher education community celebrated several milestone anniversaries: fifty years since the establishment of Pell grants and Title IX, and ten years since the creation of DACA. In the Jesuit network, another milestone was celebrated this fall: the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice.
Brandi Chastain: Title IX is the Foundation of Success in Women’s Sports
Professional athlete, activist, and 1991 Santa Clara University alumna Brandi Chastain grew up at a time when Title IX was in force— but not really enforced. In a new interview, Chastain discussed the impact of Title IX (and Jesuit education) on some of the key moments of her life and athletic career.
Saint Peter’s Community Reflects on the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice
The Saint Peter’s University community has developed a tradition to participate in the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice: an annual event where students can engage in a dialogue of faith and justice and experience the company of people working for change.
Title IX & Advances in Women’s Athletics at Creighton University
Fifty years have passed since the establishment of Title IX in 1972. The Creighton women who were then performing intramural water ballet and synchronized swimming routines, and indeed those of even earlier dates who formed rifle teams and fitness clubs in the 1930s, must surely today marvel at the vibrant world of women’s athletics they did so much to create.
Expanding Access to Education at Loyola Chicago
Last year, Loyola University Chicago students and Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, BVM joined the #DoublePell national campaign led by the Double Pell Alliance, a coalition of higher education associations, organizations, and advocacy groups committed to doubling the maximum Pell Grant in honor of its 50th anniversary.
‘We Are a Home for Dreamers’: How Georgetown Created a Support System for DACA Students
An early advocate for the Dream Act legislation and a supporter of the DACA program since 2012, Georgetown University leaders have pressed Congress to pass permanent protections for DACA recipients, and worked to create programs to support them on campus.
Standing in Solidarity with Undocumented Students at USF
Since the establishment of the DACA program ten years ago, the University of San Francisco has strengthened its support and defense of undocumented undergraduate and graduate students on campus.
ISN Marks 25 Years of Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice
In October 2022, more than 2,000 individuals gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s 25th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice The 2022 theme, Rooted and Renewing, invited attendees to root themselves in the history of the Teach-In and the legacy of the Jesuit Martyrs and their companions, who were killed in El Salvador in 1989.
Government Relations
Title IX, Pell Grants and DACA are three foundational programs that have had an outsized impact on post-secondary educational access for women, for individuals with economic need, and for immigrants. Because of these programs, post-secondary education has evolved to become more inclusive and more accessible.
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Connections is an online publication of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), published monthly from September through May. Each issue features original articles on a topic relevant to Jesuit higher education, along with news on Government Relations and AJCU Conferences.

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