JUNE 16-17, 2014 - Thriving at the intersection of leadership, spirituality and social justice!

Saint Mary's College of California Soda Center

Join educators, non-profit managers, community organizers, direct service providers, and other people committed to practicing leadership for social change for this two-day dynamic conference. This annual event focuses on the theory and practice of leadership, spirituality, and social justice. The Institute features two keynote presentations, breakout sessions, networking and reflection.


Claudia Horwitz

Claudia Horwitz
Keynote: The Praxis of Leadership: Adaptivity, Transformation & Mindfulness
Breakout: Maximizing Transformational Results in Groups

Claudia is the founding executive director of stone circles, whose mission is to strengthen and sustain people committed to transformation and justice through spiritual practice and principles, a sustainable relationship with the land, radical hospitality and strategic collaboration. Claudia was a Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellow and has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Duke University.  She is the author of The Spiritual Activist: Practices to Transform Your Life, Your Work and Your World (PenguinCompass, 2002) and serves on the board of the Seasons Fund for Social Transformation.

Reverend Deborah Lee

Reverend Deborah Lee
Keynote: The Reciprocity of Justice-Seeking & Spiritual Practice
Breakout: Inter-Faith Community Organizing

Deb is the Director of the Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights, a program of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice-California. Since 1994, the Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights has been a faithful voice, accompanying and advocating for the full participation and dignity of immigrants. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Deborah has worked at the intersection of faith and social justice for over 20 years as an educator and organizer on issues of race, gender, a just economy, anti-militarism and immigration.  Her work has consistently bridged different ethnic communities, generations, and geographies in creative and transformational processes.


Monday, June 16


Registration and Coffee


Welcome & Context Setting


Breakout Sessions

  • Research for Social Justice
  • Promising Practices for Community Engagement Centers: Lessons from a National Study (Marshall Welch, Saint Mary's College of California)
  • Dreaming Justice Into Reality: Building a  Co-Curriculum with Purpose (Sabrina Kwist & Rachel Russell, Mills College)


Networking Lunch


The Praxis of Leadership: Adaptivity, Transformation & Mindfulness (Claudia Horwitz)

 Tuesday, June 17




Welcome Back


Breakout Sessions

  • Action Research Panel 1
  • Maximizing Transformational Results in Groups (Claudia Horwitz)
  • Pathways to Service, Justice & Advocacy for College Students (Mike Bishop, UC Berkeley)


Breakout Sessions

  • Action Research Panel 2
  • InterFaith-Rooted Community Organizing (Rev. Deborah Lee)
  • Reflection Practices for Academic & Community Settings (Samantha Coon & Alicia Torres, Jumpstart)


Lunch with Keynote Presentation "The Reciprocity of Justice-Seeking & Spiritual Practice" (Rev. Deborah Lee)


Closing Reflection


Coffee and lunches are included. Parking is free and plentiful.

  2. SMC students, staff, faculty & alums who have department covering registration fee
  3. Tues. 6/17 LUNCH ONLY for SMC students, staff & faculty


The Saint Mary’s College of California Social Justice Institute is coordinated by the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA) and Leadership Studies Programs with additional support from the Office of the Provost, Social Justice Coordinating Committee, and the Cummins Institute for Catholic, Thought Culture and Action.

For questions about the Social Justice Institute, please contact Jennifer M. Pigza, Ph.D., Chair of the MA in Leadership for Social Justice and Associate Director of CILSA, at 925-631-4755 or jpigza@stmarys-ca.edu.


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