Pres Students and Faculty Attend Virtual Immersion Trip to the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

In October, eight Presentation students and six faculty attended the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ), through a virtual conference, joining over 6,000 attendees from Catholic institutions and justice-oriented organizations from all over the world. The IFTJ is an annual nationwide Catholic social justice conference sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network, and is typically held in the Washington DC area.
 
It was especially a treat to have Alyssa Perez '11 and Crystal Catalan, Dir. of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Dir. of Community Involvement lead the way and serve as the emcees for the entire national conference!
 
This year, the IFTJ experience started with a "high school track" focusing on different topics each day leading up to a weekend conference: breaking open the theme of the conference, immigration, ecological justice, racial justice, and advocacy. Throughout the week, students engaged with the content and participated in reflections in partnership with delegates from Bellarmine College Prep
 
The event continued with prayer, opportunities to connect in breakout sessions with other IFTJ attendees, and with a series of inspiring keynote speakers like author Olga Segura and Bishop Mark Seitz from the Diocese of El Paso. Upon concluding the conference, students shared how they each felt and were called to explore the following social justice issues: criminal justice reform, human trafficking, how to have critical conversations on important topics, indigenous rights, ecological justice, Islamophobia, and the prison system. We are truly grateful for all who attended the conference and look forward to future advocacy efforts to come!
 
About Presentation High School
Presentation High School is an independent, college preparatory school for girls with a Catholic mission that fosters a lifelong sisterhood, courageous leaders, and compassionate advocates who are ready for college and life. Pres delivers a well-rounded, faith-based experience including academic excellence, award-winning programs and clubs, and individualized support where all are welcome. Presentation offers more than 120 classes, including more than 15 honors and AP classes, along with a 15:1 student-teacher ratio. 100% of Presentation students attend college. For more information, visit www.presentationhs.org.