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IN FOCUS


is also a degradation of themselves,” she said. “I want them to consider the degree to which our stories and fortunes tend to be interconnected.”


LEADING BY EXAMPLE Faculty members like Gomberg-


Muñoz are rousing the idea of social justice in students through their own fidelity to the topic, inspiriting them to consider how to integrate service into their professional path. Whether they be conducting research in a lab, getting hands-on experience in the


More than enough people are ready


to knock down systems. I want students to struggle and fi nd answers for what can be done and, ideally, to relish those challenges.” —ANITA WEINBERG (JD ’86)


community, or discussing complex topics in a lecture hall, students are gaining more than the tools for a career—they are learning how to live the Jesuit mission. For Anita Weinberg (JD ’86), a


member of Loyola’s clinical law fac- ulty since 1998, merging her career with helping others was a given. “I never really thought of doing any- thing different,” she said. “[Service] was what my family valued.” She


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obtained her master’s degree in social work, followed by a law degree nine years later. “I wanted to use the law as a tool to make change,” said Weinberg, who recently was named executive director of Loyola’s new Curt and Linda Rodin Center for Social Justice. She has more than 35 years of experience as an attorney and social worker and by her mea- sure came to teaching late, but said the real-world experience helped her teaching enormously. Weinberg’s first legal work was representing children in abuse and neglect cases, prompt- ing comments like, “That must be such depressing work.” But she saw beyond the immediate struggles of the job to the greater sense of duty to her clients. “I just think we all have a responsibility to do our share,” she said. “Life is hard for people. I can’t separate my work life, my home life, and my social life from what else is going on in the world.” It’s that sentiment that Weinberg


tries to instill in her law students, whom she encourages to use their legal training in aid of the under- served and underrepresented. “By the time they leave [law school], I want them to know that they’re probably not going to be fulfilled if they don’t spend at least some of their time helping others,” she said. “It may be through their actual practice, through pro-bono legal services, what they share in a conversation, or how they bring a broader perspective to their interactions with people in general.” In Weinberg’s legislation policy


clinic, students—in addition to learn- ing skills like how to read, critique, and interpret legislation—work on a social justice-oriented team project for an organization that’s asked for help. Projects have included drafting a guide for undocumented families to help them with safety planning for their children if the parents are detained, researching the cur- rent effectiveness of the how one reports the suspicion of child abuse or neglect, and working to eliminate


childhood lead poisoning in Illinois. Weinberg’s students also drafted SB 1774, a bill that provides financial assistance to low-income property owners (or those who rent to low-in- come tenants) to remove lead haz- ards, including window replacements and lead service lines. It also initiated job-training programs for community members to be able to do the lead removal work. The Illinois General Assembly recently passed the bill and Governor Bruce Rauner signed it in August. Weinberg hopes her students will


embrace the sometimes two-steps forward, one-step back pace of con- fronting injustice. “More than enough people are ready to knock down sys- tems,” she said. “I want students to struggle and find answers for what can be done and, ideally, to relish those challenges.”


A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE Eve Geroulis (BA ’85), senior mar-


keting lecturer in the Quinlan School of Business, said most of her students come in already concerned with how they can serve the world; they just need guidance on how to channel that energy. “They’ve got this social justice warrior in them,” she said. “So I encourage them to stay vigilant and true to themselves and they will make those visions come true.” Her roles as a Loyola alumna,


mother, and now instructor forged her worldview. “It was fundamentally the Jesuit principles of education,” she said. “You do well by serving oth- ers and by serving others you serve the greater good.” Geroulis, who is director of the


Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications pro- gram, uses her time in the classroom to expose students to Jesuit values but also to get them to consider how who and what they work for is reflective of them as individuals. “It’s very relevant in a world awash in deeply fundamen- tal and ethical questions to ask how


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