Call for Submissions to ‘Voices from the Margins’ Film Contest

Last year, America Media and Ignatian Solidarity Network received more than 70 entries from over 50 colleges and universities to their annual college social justice film contest Voices from the Margins. Creighton University student Nico Sandi won both First Prize and the Audience Choice award for his short film “Stones,” a documentary on the death penalty in Nebraska, which was shown at the annual Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice (IFTJ) Filmfest in November 2015.

The call for submissions for Voices from the Margins ’16 is now open! All college and university students and recent graduates are invited to submit short social justice films. Submissions are due by September 30, 2016 for the chance to win production equipment from Blackmagic Design and a free trip to Washington, D.C. to screen the film at IFTJ 2016.

Read more about Voices from the Margins ’16 here!

A Call to Combat Racism in Jesuit Higher Education

Food for Thought Friday: In a recent America Magazine article, , author Alex Mikulich highlights how Jesuit colleges and universities can increase diversity and combat racism.  He calls for greater diversity among student bodies and faculties and multicultural programming, noting that “The rationale for Jesuit institutions to develop bold initiatives for both diversity and racial equity are deeply rooted in Jesuit and Catholic values”. He calls for an “analysis of white privilege, power, and racism in the context of US history”, transformative training and practices to increase diversity in students, faculty, and staff, and liberation from intellectual, moral, human, and spiritual deformities caused by racism.

Mikulich mentions some Jesuit higher education institutions have begun to act on their commitment to diversity, equality. He writes “some schools, like Fordham University and other institutions, have engaged in proactive, antiracist institutional training through Crossroads Ministry or the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, which offer training, resources, and capacity-building to engage racial equity practices.”  Read more in his essay, Breathing Space.