Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan is a private, Catholic, Jesuit university in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. It was founded in 1933 as the Ateneo de Cagayan by an American Jesuit Missionary. In 1958, Ateneo de Cagayan became a university and was renamed to its present name, Xavier University, in honor of St. Francis Xavier. Xavier University now has four campuses and a student enrollment of approximately 15,000. An integral part of XU’s mission is “preparing men and women with competencies, skills and a keen sense of responsibility to their communities” and encouraging students to live a life of “loving service characterized by a preferential option for the poor.” XU’s website>>
The Social Involvement Office of Xavier University was launched in 1980 but closed during a period of martial law. The SIO was reopened in 1986 and given an additional name, Kristohanong Katilingban sa Pagpakabana, the local translation for Christian Community for Social Awareness. The name itself suggests the spirit of Jesuit Education – to develop in the students awareness and concern for the social realities that they may be able to commit themselves to work for changes that will help build more just human structures. The SIO is now known as KKP-SIP. KKP-SIP’s programs include:
SEARSOLIN is a Catholic, Jesuit, Filipino and Asian institution and an international training center dedicated to the formation of socially-committed and competent leaders in the struggle for poverty alleviation and holistic human development within the context of diverse cultural and religious traditions in Asia, Pacific and Africa. The training programs are geared towards the understanding of poverty, the process that lead or perpetuate it and adoption of the skills necessary to alleviate it such that in the final analysis, the poor will be primary beneficiaries of the SEARSOLIN programs. Learn more>>
Education for Social Justice is a structured and instructive social exposure for university students and faculty from various academic disciplines to the concept of Service Learning. The general framework of the exposure follows the CERAE (Context, Experience, Reflection, Action, and Evaluation) cycle. Proper perspective is first established through a session that provides the context of the entire endeavor. It proceeds to the integration of actual community experience where conversation is facilitated and relationship is built. This stirs internal movements that will be the groundwork of the reflection where the individual contemplates and make lucid the disturbances that occur from within and without from the experience. The upshot of the reflection will then be taken as initial thrust to create concrete action as a response to the gaps observed from the community experience. The action taken will then be reviewed and evaluated.
The Xavier SL Program began as a Curriculum-based Community Involvement Program in 1997 to address a variety of social challenges, including environmental degredation, lack of political participation, low educational attainment and illiteracy, and malnutrition. The primary goals of the program are to heighten the students’ academic learning through tangible application of classroom knowledge; to deepen the students’ empathy for the poor and the marginalized; to facilitate leadership building of faculty; and to create a sustainable and empowering/participative venture in the community directed towards improving the human condition. Learn more>>