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IN FOCUS


An teducationhat inspires


Loyola faculty spark the flame of social justice in their students by modeling the Jesuit mission both in and out of the classroom BY HANNAH HEPFER


ALICE THOMPSON (BA ’17) entered Loyola with a loose concept of injustice, knowing only that she wanted to work for the greater good. But it wasn’t until she met faculty member and research mentor Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz that the concept of social justice really came to life. Gomberg-Muñoz’s passion for the inequities in the immigration system had a direct influence on Thompson, who decided to pursue the issue both as a student and post-graduation. “Her energy pushed me to think beyond myself to my community and systems of empowerment,” said Thompson,


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who was the recipient of a two-year research fellowship to examine the gender indications of the DACA appli- cation process. She also interned with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and is now a deten- tion project paralegal at the National Immigrant Justice Center. Gomberg-Muñoz, a sociocultural


anthropologist and associate professor of anthropology, said she puts forth the idea that when one person suffers due to inequality, the rest of society inevitably suffers, too. “I explain to my students that the degradation of others


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