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Advocacy and the Promotion of Social Justice

To be just, it is not enough to refrain from injustice. One must go further and refuse to play its game, substituting love for self-interest as the driving force of society. - Pedro Arrupe SJ

Canadian Jesuits International, whose mission is to love and to serve by working with people struggling for social justice and dignity in the world, is bringing Fr. Jebamalai Stanislaus to speak at St. Mark's College on the topic of social justice and advocacy. Read about his work in India to defend human rights and create space for social change.

Date and Time: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 7:00-8:30

Location: St. Mark's College at UBC - 5935 Iona Drive, Vancouver

Cost: Free

Fr. Jebamalai Stanislaus, SJ, also known as "Stanny", is a lawyer, human rights advocate and Ashoka Fellow JESA, Indian Social Institute.

Born to landed Catholic farmers in a remote village in Tamil Nadu, Stanny grew up in a culture steeped in the traditions and conflicts of caste and race. He sensed the injustice, but wasn't sure how to intervene until he was close to finishing school. He left home to become a priest after hearing an inspiring lecture by Jesuit fathers who were working with tribals in Gujarat. Wanting to benefit more than one church congregation, and Christians and non-Christians alike, Stanny decided to study law.

In 1987, he joined a legal aid center run by the Jesuits. Deeply impressed by the struggle of tribal peoples displaced by government projects, Stanny found himself at odds with the system and its representatives–corrupt judges and apathetic lawyers. Returning to school to earn a Master's degree in law, Stanny found a new sense of purpose. He emerged from graduate school determined to serve tribal people who were denied the justice promised to them by law.

In 1991, Stanny arrived in Surat to work with a legal aid center. Finding the staff far removed from the realities of tribal people, Stanny made it mandatory for them to spend at least three days in the villages to get to know their clients. Three years later, he realized he had to do more than improve one legal aid center and started training tribal lawyers and paralegals to bring lasting change to India's justice system. Biography from Ashoka

Contact

For more information, please contact Yujin Han.
E: [email protected]
T: 604-822-6862 Ext. 161

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Summer Institute

Ready to be inspired and kickstart your own learning? Take advantage of the St. Mark’s Summer Institute, where you will attend virtual classes in real-time over a three-week period and then have many weeks left in which to finish coursework at your own pace. New and returning students have the option of completing a Catholic Core course, an elective course, or both.

Courses run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from July 5-23, 2021. Students have until late August to complete their coursework.

The Summer Institute offers all who are interested - including those who work in education, parish ministry, healthcare, and other professions - the opportunity to engage deeply in reflection and discussion and earn course credits, in a more intensive format than the usual three-month term.

SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture (Fr. Nick Meisl)
Morning class, 8:30am - 12:00pm
Courses run weekdays from July 4-15, 2021.

Discover a basic introduction to Scripture for students without previous background in Scripture. This course covers both the Old and New Testaments in their own contexts, thematic parallels between them, and gives attention to how the Catholic intellectual tradition engages these textual traditions.

Afternoon class (Elective course) – More details to come

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Spotlight on student experience

"Deciding to take the Catholic Core Courses at St. Mark’s College, particularly during Covid-19, has been one of the smartest decisions of my life. At first, I felt some trepidation as I last undertook an academic course 9 years ago; however, the entire experience has been so positive and enlightening, I am delighted I did and would definitely encourage others to undertake them as well.

The learning environment is very collegial and supportive; in our classes, our contributions were always valued, not only by the professors, but also by our classmates. It is a wonderful way of learning from each other and forming new relationships. My teaching ministry will definitely be informed by my study at SMC: I am actually looking forward to sharing what I have learned with my students and colleagues. My faith life and appreciation of the liturgy has benefitted, too, from these studies on Scripture and Theology and the readings we have done in class; my choice of bedtime reading material now isn’t novels but the Bible and Apostolic Exhortations! Every Christian Education teacher should take the Catholic Core at St. Mark's College - it’s a great place to learn and grow in your faith!"

- Ann Marie McGrath, Educator
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SUMMER INSTITUTE FAQ


Is it required that I come to Vancouver for the Summer Institute courses?

No. Attending classes virtually is always an option we offer to students who live outside of Metro Vancouver.
This year, due to COVID-19, all students will be taking their Summer classes virtually through live online courses.

Synchronous, asynchronous, online, virtual, Zoom. So many new terms - how will my classes be offered?

Many people hear “online class” and think of a series of pre-recorded lectures and online interaction with no real-time interaction with a human. That’s not how our courses are offered.

Your classes will be virtual. The live online courses taking place in a digital classroom with real-time instruction and opportunities for face-to-face interaction with your professor and classmates.

Classes run on weekdays for three weeks in July on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be a daily live lecture and class time. There may be required readings before each class and most other coursework is completed after classes end. You will have until late August to complete papers and other coursework.

Throughout the course you will be interacting with your professor and fellow classmates.

How do I access my online courses?

St. Mark’s College uses an online learning platform through UBC called Canvas. After you have registered for the course, you will be contacted by the Registrar's Office with instructions for accessing your course materials. If you have questions, please contact Chisom Onwuli at [email protected].

Will I be able to talk to my instructor and classmates?

Yes. The course design and video software allows for two-way interaction. You will be able (even encouraged) to interact with your professor and classmates and engage in discussions.

What is the cost of taking a Summer Institute course?

The Summer Institute courses are full 3-credit courses. The tuition cost can be found on the Tuition and Fees webpage.

As many of our students previously paid tuition in person, there are also special instructions on how to pay tuition during COVID-19.

How do I get the readings and books for my courses?

The list of required textbooks can be found through the online textbook list.

Readings may be shared directly by your professor or accessed through the libraries of St. Mark’s College and UBC.

Do I qualify for admission?

We have admission categories to accommodate various backgrounds including those with no previous post-secondary education, or those who wish to take classes as “auditing students” without going through the full application process. Visit our Admission Requirements webpage for more information.

If you’d like to speak to someone about starting your studies with St. Mark’s College, email [email protected].

More Questions?

Contact Dr. Lynda Robitaille
Email: [email protected]



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