Community Service & Social Justice

Service & Social Justice

Jesuits practice a "faith that does justice," and SI asks students to do the same. It's how we understand the Great Commandment: to love God above all else and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Students have all sorts of opportunities to help those in need and to understand the systems at play that create poverty, injustice, violence and discrimination. Their job now and for years to come is to find ways to heal a broken world and to love as Christ loved. Read below to see the opportunities we offer.

Community Service Program

The Office of Community Service & Social Justice (CSSJ) is a program that supports students to serve our community as volunteers who walk with those in need. As a vital aspect of our Ignatian character, we invite our SI students to engage in service with and for others, both as a part of their academic requirements and as a part of their everyday lives. We encourage participation and commitment to social justice using the teachings of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ and his influential speech "Men for Others: Education for Social Justice and Action Today."

The Community Service Center works to strengthen the service-learning character of our  graduation requirement, intentionally developing both curricular and co-curricular experiences that enhance student learning within the community. As a Jesuit school, we have the mission to support our graduates to be “men and woman with and for others.” Through social justice and service engagement, SI students practice what  it means to live out this ideal within the real world. 

Viewed through the lens of a "continuum of service," the Center aims to engage our students in a variety of ways, helping to facilitate their active involvement in service, faith development and personal leadership. Our activities and programs are flexible-in the sense that they provide different entry points to our students such that their own personalities and unique styles can shine through their volunteer activities.

With the help of Canvas (SI's Learning Management System) and x2VOL (tracking application in Naviance/Family Connection), the office of CSSJ helps students to:

  • track and support for students' progress towards fulfilling their Community Service Graduation Requirement
  • discern a proper agency placement for their Core Service Project (we also facilitate the learning process through Canvas and organize Reflection Groups to enhance community learning)
  • connect with Weekly Service Opportunities and Saturdays of Service
For more information about the Office of Community Service and Social Justice, please see our website.
For the most consistent communication and response to your inquiry, email us at Our staff will respond within the next business day. All other direct communication can be sent to each individual below.

Ms. Ana López
Director of Community Service & Social Justice
415-731-7500  ex.5701

Ms. Ericka Scott
Associate Director 
415-731-7500  ex. 5357 

Networking for Justice

SI students and staff participate in two networking events over the course of the school year.

The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

Each fall SI students travel to gather with thousands of other students from Catholic and Jesuit high schools, colleges and Universities to honor the life of the Jesuit and other Salvadoran Martyrs and respond to the justice issues of our day in Washington D.C. Come join this three-day learning experience to dialogue and strategize about ways to confront issues of injustice, poverty, and oppression both nationally and internationally. The experience culminates in over 120 congressional visits to representatives on Capitol Hill.

Radical Hope, Prophetic Action will be from November 16 - 18, 2019. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors encouraged to apply!

  • Applications available now!
  • Applications are due to Ms. López by 3 p.m. on Sept. 13, 2019.

Arrupe Leaders Summit

High School students gather with one another in 3 cohort groups around the nation for a weekend of learning and growing in the imperative of a "faith that does justice." The weekend is filled with fun leadership activities that engage the mind and the heart. Educators us the life of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ as an inspiration. 

The West Coast Summit will be held at Mt. Hermon, CA from February 1-3, 2019.

  • Applications available Monday, Nov. 19.
  • Applications due Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Visit the Ignatian Solidarity Network to learn more about our shared Jesuit and Ignatian network for justice.

Social Justice Clubs & Arrupe Council

The following student clubs fall under the heading of Arrupe Clubs (named for Pedro Arrupe, S.J., the former Father General of the Society of Jesus). They promote social justice in unique ways.

The Arrupe Council supports student organizations with fundraising for their causes through educational support, publicity assistance, and networking for community impact. 

The Arrupe Council is governed by the Student Body Treasurer and Director of Community Service and Social Justice. Two students from each class serve as Arrupe Ambassadors.
  • Applications for Arrupe Ambassadors for 2018-2019 will be available on the first day of school, August 24.
  • Applications are due by September 4 by 3:33pm.

Club information for the school year 2018-2019 will be updated by the end of the first quarter. Below is a listing of the active clubs from school year 2017-2018.

Cancer Awareness & Support Club It is the mission of the Cancer Awareness Group to outreach to those both in the SI community and the greater community who is affected by cancer. The CAG strives to provide a safe and caring environment for students to give and receive support for cancer related grief and loss. We also seek to support the outside community by providing funding for cancer related organizations. Moderators: Brice Campoverdi and Donna Murphy

Friends of Ocer Campaign, Uganda Moderator Mary Ahlbach

G.E.A.R. (Gender Equality And Rights) Club

The Green Team at SI exists to educate and inspire changes in action and attitude in all members of the SI community so that we can create sustainable practices regarding food, water, transportation, housing, energy, and general consumer practices. We also hope to deepen a connection with nature for members of the SI community so that we might truly find God in all things. We hope that the changes we inspire affect us personally, affect the institution of the school and go beyond the bounds of the school in ever widening circles. Moderators: Shelley Friedman and Paul Totah 

Iggies in Action: This club supports local Bay Area needs. Moderator: Veronica Bricker

Music for Others: To serve the San Francisco community by sharing our musical talents with the elderly of local convalescent homes. Moderator: Carol Quattrin

Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center Society: Moderator John DeBenedetti

SI Smiles: To help others achieve their dreams by providing them with dental supplies such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, and floss so that they can build self-esteem through their healthy smiles.

Thursday Morning Comfort Run: The Comfort Run team facilitates student trips to accompany our tenderloin neighbors through the distribution of sandwiches, juice and smiles. Moderator: Carlos Escobar