IFTJ Core Team Archive

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IFTJ Core Team

Roselle Agdipa

Student Coordinator/Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Core Team

Hi there! I am a Junior Social Work Major with a Legal Studies minor on the Pre-Law track. I come from half-way across the country from San Jose, California, but that doesn’t phase me since I love traveling. I fell in love with the CCSJ before I was even a freshmen, when I saw the large group of Creighton students at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice when I was a senior in high school. Although the Teach-In was not the only reason I choose to attend Creighton for college, it was definitely a bearing factor.  I’m very excited to work at the CCSJ again this year. Last year I did weekly service at the Juan Diego Center and it was definitely something that I enjoyed immensely. Through my few years at Creighton I’ve done the service trip to El Paso, TX, I’ve spent a summer in Washington D.C. and one to the Ignatian Family Teach-In twice, making this year my fourth Teach-In. I hope to see you sometime.

 

Anna Ferguson

Student Coordinator/Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Core Team

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Hi! My name is Anna Ferguson, I am a junior from Wheaton, IL, which is a suburb just West of Chicago, and, yes, I am a PROUD Cubs fan! I am currently pursuing a double major in Theology and Journalism, which are two huge passions of mine. Writing and faith, what could be better? The oldest of six girls, I come from a lively family who instilled in me a desire to serve and learn as much as I can about the less fortunate around me. I was blessed with a very active and faithful youth group community throughout high school that continued to foster my passion for service for and with others. I spent five summers traveling with them to different cities within the U.S., doing mission work and growing in my faith. That experience, combined with the Freshman Leadership Program and the service work I dove into when I first came to Creighton, led me to the CCSJ. Since becoming a student coordinator, my office work, the IFTJ trips, the Spring Break Service & Justice Trips, and various service sites I have led, have fed my passion for simplicity, service, solidarity, and justice and given deeper meaning to my time here at Creighton. I am excited to work on the Communications and IFTJ Core teams again this year, and I can’t wait to see how much I learn in that process! When I’m not in the office or volunteering, I love reading, spending time with friends, and any outdoor activity, but most especially camping, hiking, and biking.

Kristen Masunaga

Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Core Team

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Hey! I’m a senior Elementary Education major from Honolulu, Hawaii! My interest in service began in middle school through my school’s service center where I continued to volunteer throughout high school.  Finding a college with a strong service program was something I wanted, so the CCSJ was one of the aspects that drew me to Creighton.  I first became involved with the CCSJ my freshman year through the Omaha Sustainability spring break service trip.   Since then I have taken trips to Pilsen, Chicago and Wind River, Wyoming.  I was a part of the Cortina Community my sophomore year and had such an amazing time! This past fall, I went on the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice and absolutely loved it! I’m so excited and looking forward to coordinating great trip this year!

 

Jelena Pjevic

Student Coordinator/ Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Core Team

JelenaPjevicZdravo! I am a senior majoring in Justice & Society and English, with a specialization in Creative Writing. I am also pursuing a minor in Theology. I was born in Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina, but due to the civil war that decimated Yugoslavia in the 1990s and displaced many of its civilians, my parents and I came to the United States as refugees in 1998. Therefore, I consider Chicago my second home and I love it dearly. I first became involved with the CCSJ during my sophomore year when I attended a Fall Break Service Trip to a Native American reservation in Wind River, Wyoming. Since then, I have attended another service trip and continued volunteering weekly with the CCSJ.  After graduation, I hope to volunteer for a year or two, preferably in Bosnia and Herzegovina or elsewhere in the Balkans. I want to pursue further education in Southern Slavic Languages & Literatures, Social Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Development, or Refugee Studies. In my spare time, I love to read, watch documentaries, practice yoga, travel, and drink tea. Fun fact: I studied abroad with the Encuentro Dominicano program in Spring 2013 and it was one of the best decisions of my life! I can’t wait to spend even more time in the CCSJ working, learning, and getting to know all the passionate people that come in for a visit.

Christine Prissel

Student Coordinator/Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Core Team

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHI! I am a senior from Rochester, MN. I am pursuing a double major in Anthropology and Justice  & Society. I started doing service from a young age through a program called SOS (summer of service). However, it wasn’t until I came to Creighton I was introduced to the difference between serving and helping. I also was never before exposed to the Jesuit values or teachings prior to Creighton. This new thought process and way of viewing the world intrigued me immediately. My freshman year I went to some of the weekly service sites the CCSJ offered, but it wasn’t until my sophomore year I became more involved in the CCSJ. Since my freshman year I have taken trips to East St. Louis, Denver and Pilsen. These and other experienced have made me realize my love for hearing people’s stories. I have learned a great deal via the classroom during my time at Creighton, but I have learned even more from the stories of different people, on and off Creighton’s campus. During my sophomore year, I was also part of the Cortina Community and attended IFTJ. I found IFTJ extremely informative and a great experience and instantly wanted to become more involved with the trip.  I am looking forward to working with an awesome group of people and coordinating a great IFTJ trip this year!

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IFTJ Core Team 2012-2013

Roselle Agdipa

Hello there! I’m a Sophomore Social Work major with a Legal Studies minor on the Pre-Law track. I’m from half-way across the country, San Jose, California. This year I will be living in the Cortina community and will happily hike the stairs to the top floor as long as I get to experience the wonderfulness that is Cortina. I fell in love with the CCSJ before I was even a freshmen, when I saw the large group of Creighton students at IFTJ (Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice) when I was a senior in high school. Although the Teach-In was not the only reason I choose to attend Creighton for college, it is one of the reasons. I am so stoked to work at the CCSJ this year. Outside of the CCSJ you can see me walking backwards down the mall giving tours for Admissions or moving my hips with the Hui’ o Hawaii girls during the annual Lu’au. I absolutely love Creighton and am so excited to be a part of the CCSJ this year.

Anna Ferguson

Hello, hello! My name is Anna Ferguson, I am a sophomore from Wheaton, IL, which is a suburb just West of the Windy City, and, yes, I am a PROUD Cubs fan! I am currently pursuing a double major in Theology and Journalism, which are two huge passions of mine. Writing and faith, what could be better? The oldest of six girls, I come from a lively family who instilled in me a desire to serve and learn as much as I can about the less fortunate around me. I was blessed with a very active and faithful youth group community throughout high school that continued to foster my passion for service to others. I spent five summers traveling with them to different cities within the U.S., doing mission work and growing in my faith. That experience, combined with the service work I dove into when I came to Creighton last year, led me to the CCSJ. Through the Freshman Leadership Program, the IFTJ trip, a Spring Break Service & Justice Trip in Detroit, and the Creighton Cleanup, my sense of service and, especially solidarity, deepened significantly. A life immersed in simplicity, service, and solidarity became my source of energy and meaning at Creighton, and the CCSJ was the perfect place to find that. I am excited to work on the Communications team and the IFTJ planning team this year and can’t wait to see how much I learn in that process! Along with service and writing, other passions of mine include reading, spending time with friends, and any outdoor activity, but most especially camping, hiking, and climbing. Future plans include studying in the Dominican Republic (hopefully) and continuing my summer job at The Pines Catholic Camp in Big Sandy, TX.

Michelle Villegas

Hola! I am a political science major from Chicago, IL with a passion for social justice. I first got involved with the CCSJ the first semester of my freshman year through the IFTJ trip to Washington D.C. IFTJ led me to become more involved in the office as a member of the Ignatian Advocacy Team and Immigration advocacy group. This summer I had the privilege of participating in an internship with Interfaith Worker Justice in Chicago with the support of the CCSJ. I am beyond excited to be working in the CCSJ this year and to continue to grow in and learn from our community.Aside from school, I love coffee shops, used book stores and chocolate. I enjoy reading classic novels and watching foreign films, and I am a huge fan of music, any and almost every genre. I tend to have a “half-glass full” view on things. I like to laugh, give hugs, and day-dream. I am excited to make new friends through the CCSJ, hear their stories, have new experiences and learn a little bit more about myself through all of it.

Bianca Jinete Mejia
Bio coming soon.
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IFTJ Core Team

2010 IFTJ Core TeamStudents who have attended the IFTJ/SOA Vigil and are interested in the overall leadership and coordination of the Creighton IFTJ/SOA trip, are eligble to be part of the Core Team of six students who organizes, plans, and facilitates the trip.

If you are interested, please contact Maria Teresa Gaston.

The core team has four main responsibilities, planning the educational, spiritual, and logistical aspects of the trip, planning advocacy visits on Capitol Hill as well as serving as liaisons with the CCSJ, the Jesuit community, various Creighton departments, and the greater student body. Some of the activities that they plan are the information and educational meetings, the retreat prior to the trip, the send-off service, coordinating events in Washington, DC, and any follow-up activities. The core team meets regularly once a week during the semester.

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