Social Justice in Action
IFTJ 2019 application is available now! If you are interested, please fill out the application below.
Meet the keynote speakers that will be presenting at the Ignatian Family Teach in For Justice 2019. They are powerful voices that advocate for basic human rights of people that are silenced by the injustices that occur on a daily basis. IFTJ gives students empowering insight on social justice issues and the ability to become leaders that give voice to those without it. If you are driven, passionate, and willing to take the challenge, join the IFTJ cohort this year. This is not just a trip to Washington, D.C., it is the a stepping stone to your career as a LatinX leader. Apply Here!
Reyna Montoya is the founder and CEO of Aliento. Reyna was born in Tijuana, Mexico and migrated to Arizona in 2003 fleeing violence. She is an undocumented/DACAmented social entrepreneur, community organizer, educator, and dancer. She is a 2016 Soros Justice Fellow, which enabled her to start Aliento. She is also a founding member of the first Teach for America DACA Advisory Board. She currently serves as a member of the Leadership Council of the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. Reyna holds bachelor degrees in Political Science and Transborder Studies and a Dance minor from Arizona State University; she also holds a M.Ed in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University. She recently completed an executive education program from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She has engaged in local, statewide and national platforms to advance justice for immigrant communities. In 2013, she was the lead organizer, who prevented an immigration bus of undocumented immigrants from deportation in Phoenix, AZ for the first time in the nation’s history. In the same year, with the help of the community, she stopped her father’s deportation. She was also recognized as 2017 #NBCLatino20. She is a 2017 Echoing Green Fellow and a 2018 Forbes: 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur. In 2018, she was recognized by Univision as one of the 15 Latinas currently transforming the world and was awarded as the 2018 Humanitarian Recipient for Spirituality by the Muhammad Ali Center. She hopes to share her talents and skills with the community to co-create healing spaces, political change, and leadership development of our immigrant youth and migrant families.
Sr. Peggy O’Neill, S.C. has been living in El Salvador for the past 30 years, during which time she was an active member of the Pastoral Team, Santa Lucia Parish Suchitoto. She is the director of Centro Arte para la Paz (Center of Arts for Peace), a regional educational cultural center promoting peace through dance, art, and theological reflection, in Suchitoto, El Salvador. Sr. Peggy founded this healing space in 2006 and works toward building a culture of peace using the arts as a vehicle. A highly respected long-time peace activist, Sr. Peggy has received many honors and awards including the 2008 Peacemaker Award of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, recognizing her many years of peace efforts in El Salvador and honoring her “contribution to peace making and work for justice.” Also, in 2008 she received the Ciudadana Ilustre Award, for her work on behalf of social and cultural development in Suchitoto.
Sister Peggy earned a Master of Arts Degree in Theology from Marquette University and an Ed.D. in Religious Education from New York University. A lifelong educator her entire professional career in both the USA and El Salvador, Sr. Peggy served as assistant professor of Augsburg College, Center for Global Education and at Santa Clara University, Casa de Solidaridad in the Jesuit University, El Salvador. For many years she also served as associate professor of Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y.
Dr. Marcia Chatelain is a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University. Previously, she was the Reach for Excellence Assistant Professor of Honors and African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma’s Honors College. After graduating the University of Missouri in 2001, Chatelain worked in Washington, D.C. as the Resident Scholar at the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. In 2008, Chatelain graduated with her Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University. While at Brown, Chatelain received the University of California-Santa Barbara’s Black Studies Dissertation Fellowship. The author of South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration from Duke University Press, she teaches about women’s and girls’ history, as well as the history of black capitalism. She is currently working on the book Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, which is under contract with Liveright Publishing, a division of W.W. Norton and Company. Chatelain’s book will examine the intricate relationship among African American politicians, civil rights organizations, communities, and the fast food industry. Her next book will examine the history of college access programs and the specific ways that first-generation college students are transforming higher education. Chatelain has published pieces on the websites of The Atlantic and Time, as well as The Washington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2017, Chatelain contributed to the popular podcast, “Undisclosed,” serving as the resident historian on a narrative arc about the 2015 death of Freddie Gray while in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department. An active public speaker and educational consultant, Chatelain has received awards and honors from the Ford Foundation, the American Association of University Women, and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. At Georgetown, she has won several teaching awards. In 2016, the Chronicle of Higher Education named her a Top Influencer in academia in recognition of her social media campaign #FergusonSyllabus, which implored educators to facilitate discussions about the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. In 2017, she held an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellowship at the New America think tank. During the 2017-2018 academic year, she held a National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship. She makes her home on Georgetown’s campus as a faculty-in-residence at Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Hall.
More info on IFTJ HERE.
The deadline for the IFTJ application is 5:00 pm on Friday, September 6.
Interviews will take place on week of Tuesday 9/9 -9/13. Interview dates will become available in August.