The Center was founded to be the catalyst for multidisciplinary research on critical social issues, particularly those that resonate with the priorities of the Society of Jesus, such as:
Recognized as a major contributor to the national debate on migration policy, the Center has successfully led research projects that provide insight to the nuanced challenges for undocumented students in higher education. With the support of our communities, we are helping to shape a new model for constructive dialogue on contentious issues within a faith-based framework.
In 2010, Fairfield University, Santa Clara University, and Loyola University Chicago launched a 2-year study to understand legal and social context, attitudes and social current practices in Jesuit institutions of higher education in the United States regarding undocumented students. It is estimated that only 5-10% of the 65,000 undocumented students that graduate from an American high school each year are able to enter post-secondary education.
The Center for Faith and Public Life’s Strangers as Neighbors on Long Island project is helping to shape a new model for bringing people together on contentious issues such as immigration reform within a faith-based framework.