UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OHIO – Kim Miller has joined the staff of the Ignatian Solidarity Network, assuming the role of program director on August 8, 2011. The Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) is a national social justice organization connecting members of Jesuit universities, high schools, parishes, current and former Jesuit volunteers, and many others, committed to working for justice inspired by faith in the tradition of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Kim Miller graduated from Gonzaga University in 2009, earning a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Marketing and a minor in Broadcast Studies and Electronic Media. Miller spent the next two years serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. During her first year, she worked with teens with developmental disabilities and provided programming and marketing services for STRIVE in South Portland, Maine. In her second year, Kim served as an outreach coordinator for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA based in Washington, D.C. While at JRS/USA Miller created interactive refugee awareness programs and spoke to campus groups across the country. In coming to work at ISN, she said this, “I am inspired by the Ignatian family members I meet, and look forward to continuing to empower students and parishioners to promote justice within their local and global communities.”
When asked about Miller joining the ISN staff, Christopher Kerr, ISN executive director, said this, “I am excited by the wealth of experience Kim brings from her time as a Jesuit Volunteer and her undergraduate studies at Gonzaga University. Her passion for justice and marketing skills will be a great asset to the Ignatian family.”
Started in 2004, ISN initially became known for hosting one of the largest faith-based social justice gatherings for young people in the country. Until 2009, the event known as the “Ignatian Family Teach-In for Social Justice” took place in Columbus, Georgia. In 2010, the Teach-in moved to Washington, D.C., on the campus of Georgetown University.
The Teach-In includes prominent national and international speakers, educational workshops, and an advocacy day on Capitol Hill. Over 1,200 Jesuit students, alumni, and parishioners attend the event each year. ISN also facilitates gatherings related to social justice leadership and advocacy throughout the United States as well as providing opportunities for students and staff at U.S. Jesuit institutions to network about engagement with social justice and Ignatian spirituality.
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA welcomes their new Outreach Coordinator, Cara Pavlak, next week.
The Ignatian Solidarity Network promotes leadership and advocacy among students, alumni, and other emerging leaders from Jesuit schools, parishes, and ministries by educating its members on social justice issues; by mobilizing a national network to address those issues; and by encouraging a life-long commitment to the “service of faith and the promotion of justice.” ISN’s office is located at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. ISN is non-profit 501c3 organization.