Ignatian Companions is the University Ministry student leadership group on campus.
: The University Ministry Ignatians are the bridge between students and University Ministry. We strive to be men and women for others. Ignatians engage reality, reflect, and discern in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. We advocate through active participation on campus. We promote University Ministry programs, such as retreats, immersions, and staff faith formation. During weekly reflections we come together to develop our faith. We hope to empower the great USF community to engage with faith and spirituality.
I am from San Diego,
California. I am a Senior Nursing Student at USF hoping to work in
labor and delivery or maternal health when I graduate. I chose USF
nursing program because of their holistic approach to healthcare. By
taking care of people’s mind, body and soul, I believe we are
serving our community better. I also have a passion to teach our
underserved youth. For the past two years I have been an instructor
for Sprout Up, a volunteer environmental education program, where I
work with other college students in 1st
grade classrooms. I also have participated in the liturgical choir at
USF for the past three years. I have found that singing is the most
personal form of prayer for me. The liturgical choir is a community
where I can come every week and actively participate in mass while
learning about my relationship with God in the process. This will be
my first time being an Ignation and I look forward to strengthening
my faith and serving others through this opportunity.
I am 19 years old and a
sophomore psychology major. I’m also a member of the Saint Ignatius
Institute. I am from Northridge, California – a little city in the
most northern part of Los Angeles. I have one older brother, and he
lives with my two parents at home in LA. I chose USF because of its
Jesuit education and also because I love the city of San Francisco. I
love to spend time with my family, visit museums, and go to the beach
and concerts. Next year I plan on studying theology abroad at Oxford.
I was born and raised in
Seattle, Washington. My interests include playing basketball,
listening to music, and taking long walks on the beach. I’m a
Design major with a minor in Fine arts and I’m currently a junior.
At USF I’ve been involved with a number of different retreats
including the Magis Emerging Leadership Retreat, Kairos Retreat, and
the Undergraduate Mid-Day Retreat. Through University Ministry, I’ve
learned a lot about my faith life and have grown in my decision
making. Because of UM, I’ve learned lessons that I’ll continue to
take with me for the rest of my life.
Sarah Abigaile Estrada
I am currently a senior,
studying International Studies at the University of San Francisco.
I'm originally from San Jose, CA and this would be my 3rd year as
part of the Ignatians, where I work on the CORE program (which are
Communities of Reflection). Some of my involvement with University
Ministry includes attending and leading retreats, such as Kairos and
New Student Retreat, and immersions to Spain and Brazil through
the Magis program. I currently work in the University Ministry office
as a student worker, so feel free to stop by and say "Hi!"
I am an alum of the Casa Bayanihan program, travel enthusiast, and
enjoy drinking milk teas and adding sriracha and tapatio to my food.
name is Alfonso Garcia. I am from Pinole, CA and a Sophomore
majoring in Communication Studies. Besides being a student at
the University of San Francisco I am passionate about raising
awareness for organ and tissue donation among students. The reason
being that in 2010 a liver transplant saved my life. This year
I have joined the Ignitions because I want to be a part of something
in the USF community far greater than myself. I want to learn
more about the Jesuit order, be more engaged in my faith, and help
others grow in theirs as well.
I’m a senior at USF majoring
in International Business and Accounting with a Legal Studies Minor.
I’m also Co-President of the Anti-Human Trafficking Club and a
passionate advocate for social justice. I’m a native of San Juan,
Puerto Rico but spend most of my vacations traveling to other
countries to immerse myself in different cultures. I like extreme
sports and use my free time to learn about social entrepreneurship.
After graduation, I hope to continue to become an International Human
I am originally from San
Diego, CA. I am a senior Politics major, focusing my studies on
international development and marginalization. I have a passion for
promoting social justice and using my education to better the world.
This passion grew out my experience studying in Casa Bayanihan, USF's
alternative study abroad program based in Manila. This fall I am
returning to San Francisco after studying abroad in China and
interning in India for the summer. One thing I love about USF are the
numerous opportunities to strengthen one's faith and serve the
community. Being an Ignatian has helped me to strengthen my
relationship with God, others, and myself. During my free time, I
enjoy playing basketball, riding my bike, reading the news, and
exploring San Francisco.
I am in my fifth year at the
University of San Francisco as a Chemistry major with a Biochemistry
Emphasis. This is my fourth year with the Ignatians and I have
been involved with University Ministry since my freshman year. I
have participated in and led retreats, days of service, CORE groups,
and I also sing with the choir at the Student Liturgy. Aside
from participating with University Ministry, I am also involved with
Hawaiian Ensemble, Jazz Voices, GO Team, and the Dance Ensemble.
I am currently a junior at USF double majoring in Communication Studies and Advertising. I am also a student worker at University Ministry. Having the opportunity to work closely with UM has opened many doors for me. This past November I was able to attend the Ignatian Family Teach-in in Washington D.C. for the first time. This trip allowed me to meet with our state representatives and speak to them about issues regarding the Immigration Reform and the unfair wages and treatment of workers. I will also be taking part in an immersion trip to Peru in March where I will be working with an organization that provides support for street kids. I am a huge advocate for supporting the Latino/minority presence in higher education and that is why I hope to provide more tools and resources in order to help others. As the community action chair of Latinas Unidas, I also give a big emphasis to community service and dedicate a lot of my time to that.
am a Sophomore, from Laguna Beach, California, double majoring in
Business and Politics. Throughout high school my youth group was an
important part of my life and thus when I came to USF I wanted to
stay strong in my faith as well as get involved on campus and
University Ministry provided me with an opportunity to do both. As a
result in my first year I attended retreats, participated in the
student mass, and went on an immersion trip. UM has provided me with
life changing experiences and has allowed me to meet some amazing
I'm a second year student here
at USF with a major in Philosophy, on the Pre-Med track, and in the
St. Ignatius Institute. One of my favorite things about being a
student here at USF is how easy it is to get involved with the things
you are most passionate about. For me, that's social justice.
Community outreach is my most favorite pastime. If I'm not busy with
my studies, I love being out in the community. Other interests of
mine include traveling, Spanish/Latin culture and language, and
having meaningful conversations with friends and peers.
Furthermore, to draw a link between my studies and
my hobbies: my interests lie in public health and taking
a look at policies to combat structural injustices. I hope to someday
work for Doctors Without Borders and not only do "doctorly"
things, but also work and advocate for the world's marginalized.
Leah Ragen is a student of Politics and Education.
This junior is all about interfaith work and conversation,
She has been with USF’s program since its recent foundation.
Originally from the country’s capital city,
Leah’s a trained facilitator, plus also witty.
Leah knows a lot about many faith and non-faith traditions, too.
She really looks forward to working with you!
Hi! My name is Lauryn and I am
a senior studying Theology & Religious Studies with a minor in Philippine
Studies. I especially enjoy studying the Liberation Theology movement and
the intersection between faith and social change. I recently returned
from a semester abroad in El Salvador through the Casa de la Solidaridad
immersion study abroad program, and I also spent a semester abroad about two
years ago in the Philippines with the Casa Bayanihan program. My
experiences accompanying marginalized communities and learning from the
Filipinos and Salvadorans there I encountered have deepened my passion for
social justice and international solidarity. I have enjoyed serving the
USF University Ministry community as a member of the social justice team and
retreat leader, and I feel very grateful to be a part of the UM community!
CRS Campus Ambassadors are working hard to build a constituency for the global poor on their campuses and to advocate for more just policies. CRS Campus Ambassadors serve as the official liaison between their campus community and CRS. ach fall, CRS U.S. Regional Offices hold regional Campus Ambassador trainings, and send Campus Ambassadors back to campus equipped to advocate for and educate others on social justice issues. To learn more about CRS Ambassadors, please click here.
Adriana Goiricelaya is a current Senior at USF majoring in International Business and Accounting with a Legal Studies Minor. She’s also Co-President of the Anti-Human Trafficking Club and a passionate advocate for social justice. Adriana is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico but spends most of her vacations traveling to other countries and immersing herself in different cultures. She participates in extreme sports and likes to use her spare time to learn about social entrepreneurship. After graduation, Adriana hopes to continue the path to become an International Human Rights lawyer. Being a CRS college ambassador means being a leader who's responsible for educating other students about issues of social justice. It's an opportunity to represent CRS in different activities and engaging students to take action and learn how to be solidarity with the most vulnerable around the world.
See Jacqline's bio above.
Hi, my name is Melissa Lundberg. I am a second year sociology major. I am from Ventura county, in southern California. Over the past year I have really found my place here at USF and in the larger San Francisco community. I love the mission of our school and the courses available to students who value social justice, and care to learn about the different cultures and ways of life, both locally and around the world. If I had to pin point one event in my life that has really directed me and my goals to further my education in social justice, it would be the immersion trip to Peru last spring break. The first time you are exposed to conditions outside of your norm, it is heart wrenching, eye opening, and mostly inspiring. I hope that my experience with social justice can reach others who also wish to better understand and in turn help our world. Being a CRS ambassador is a great opportunity to spread knowledge of social justice issues to students here at USF. I hope to engage with students on campus to cultivate a community with the ability to connect in solidarity when they, in turn engage in social justice programs.
Graduate Student Leaders
Angelica Posadas, Tutoring Coordinator
I am a first year graduate student in the
School Counseling Psychology program. A native to San Francisco, I have worked
with youth for the past ten years doing everything from teaching to after
school programs. I am incredibly passionate about social justice and youth
advocacy, which led me to my position as the Tutoring Coordinator here with the
University Ministry department. Aside from working and being in school, I enjoy
spending time with my husband and two-year-old daughter, Ava, who loves the
park and children's museums!
Peggy Tio, HESA Practicum Graduate Student
I am graduate student in the Higher Education
and Student Affairs program. I received my bachelor's degree from San Diego
State University where I majored in Psychology. I am originally from the
Brentwood - a small town east of San Francisco. I am currently working with
University Ministry creating a module relating to the "Think About
It" course here at USF, focusing on healthy relationships. Aside from
working with University Ministry, I am also a graduate intern with the
Emergency Medical Response services on campus. On the side, I also coach at
Pacific Rowing Club in the afternoons and weekends.
Sarah F Ahmad, Marketing and Web Content Coordinator
Born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, I worked with Social Justice at University
Ministry for more than two years. I am a graduate student in
Organization and Leadership at the School of Education and hope to build a
career in university administration with a focus on on-campus student
leadership. I have recently transitioned to a role in marketing and web content
management and am excited to help the University Ministry communicate and
promote its mission to internal and external stakeholders.
Deanna Voss, Social Justice Coordinator
I am a graduate student in
the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) Program. Originally from
Northern California, I lived in Colorado for two years prior to relocating back
to California and starting grad school at the University of San Francisco. I am currently the Social Justice and Community Action
Coordinator for University Ministry. In my role, I am responsible for assisting
in the coordination of the Community Action, Days of Service and social justice