The KBI welcomes our new volunteer coordinator to the staff, and will host a Kino Teen Retreat at month’s end. We also share details about the KBI’s participation in last month’s Ignatian Justice Summit and recent immersion experiences.
- The KBI on the Road: From July 23–26, the Ignatian Solidarity Network held their Ignatian Justice Summit on Immigration, a conference aimed at student advocates to educate them about critical issues, create an advocacy network, and provide tools for coordinating action plans on their home campuses. Convening at John Carroll University in Ohio, twenty-seven students from fourteen Jesuit schools in the U.S. participated, and the KBI’s Joanna Williams, Director of Education and Advocacy, gave presentations on immigration policy and advocacy strategy. Read more about the summit here: https://ignatiansolidarity.net/blog/2019/07/29/faith-justice-action-ignatian-justice-summit-immigration/.
- New Volunteer Coordinator: The KBI is happy to welcome Lizzie Williams, our new Volunteer Coordinator. Originally from the Central Valley of California, Lizzie graduated from Whitworth College in Spokane, WA, and then worked in Managua, Nicaragua as a Jesuit Volunteer. Upon returning to the U.S., she worked in immigration and refugee services at Catholic Charities in Louisiana, accompanying adult students learning English. She is grateful to join the KBI, and hopes to soon re-adjust to the familiar dry heat of her childhood summers. An avid reader, Lizzie finds particular inspiration in volumes of poetry. We are thankful for the experience and dedication Lizzie brings to her new role, and look forward to working together. We also thank Sister Maribel Lara Hernández, M.E. for her three years of service as the KBI’s Volunteer Coordinator. We wish her all the best in her new mission with the Tarahumara people in Chihuahua, Mexico. ¡Bienvenida, Lizzie! ¡Buena suerte, Maribel!
- Kino Teen Retreat: The KBI is hosting a retreat for Kino Teens from Friday to Saturday, August 23–24, St. David’s, AZ. The retreat includes groups exercises and discussions about immigration and border issues; consideration of ways to advocate within one’s community; and time for reflection. The cost for the retreat, including all meals and the overnight stay, is $35. For more information, Kino Teens can speak with their facilitator, or email Tracey Horan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Immersion Experiences: High school students from across the U.S. traveled to the KBI for immersions during their summer break:
|Immersion Group||# of participants||# of days at the KBI|
|St. Ignatius College Prep
San Francisco, CA
|11 participants||14 days|
|10 participants||6 days|
|Walsh Jesuit High School
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
|10 participants||5 days|
|St. Xavier High School
|9 participants||6 days|