2023 CSJ Center Symposium

Faces of Justice: Deepening Encounters, Confronting the Struggles

January 31 - February 2, 2023
Loyola Marymount University

This year, we highlight campus and community partners whose work goes beyond literacy and reflection.

We invite you to join us for our annual symposium highlighting the work of the LMU community and beyond with justice as the fundamental theme. The symposium sets the stage for all interested in listening, discovering and responding as we continue our journey towards transformation within ourselves and as part of our commitment to our community. In a time filled with much divide, our desire that "all may be one" becomes an ever more essential message and mission of the CSJ Center. 

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Monday, January 30, 2023

The Arts That Do Justice (Virtual Opening Event)

Monday, January 30 from 5:00pm-6:00pm (PST)

Opening Remarks by Judith Royer, CSJ, Director of the CSJ Center for Reconciliation and Justice and Dean Bryant K. Alexander, School of Communication and Fine Arts

Tour of “Luciana Abait: On The Verge” exhibition at LMU’s Laband Art Gallery by Luciana Abait

Dance presentation conceived, choreographed, and performed by Bernard Brown, Assistant Professor of Dance, and S. Kelvin Bank Class of ’25 with video by Isaiah Kim ’21 LMU Alum

Presentation on how Augmented Reality (AR) created a new interactive immersive experience for the St. John’s Bible by Jose Garcia Moreno, Director of the Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination, Loyola Marymount University


Rethinking Racism Through The Lens of Catholic Social Teaching by Gloria Purvis

Monday, January 30, 2023 from 7:00pm-8:00pm (PST) - Life Science Building Auditorium, Loyola Marymount University

Gloria Purvis is an author, commentator and the host and executive producer of The Gloria Purvis Podcast. Through her media presence, she has been a strong Catholic voice for life issues, religious liberty, and racial justice. She has appeared in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, PBS Newshour, NPR, Newsweek, and Catholic Answers Live and hosted Morning Glory, an international radio show. She presented a powerful video series entitled Racism, Human Dignity and The Catholic Church through the Word on Fire Institute. Most recently, she was part of a groundbreaking, exclusive interview with Pope Francis with a delegation from America Media. She is the Inaugural Pastoral Fellow at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame University and recently received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of Portland in Oregon.



Day 1: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

  • This session will examine the impact of free trade agreements, climate change, and support for authoritarian governments, which have repressed social movements working for change. It will include a focus on Honduras, in which a coup in 2009 led to the corruption of government institutions and militarization of society, propelling mass caravans (or: an exodus of people), and it will offer recommendations for policy change.

    Kathleen Erickson, Chaplain, Immigration Family Detention Center

    Maria Elena Perales, Director, Justice Center, Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange (Moderator)

    Jean Stokan, Coordinator for Nonviolence and Immigration, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas’ Justice Team



    What alternative border policies might look like:

    • American Immigration Lawyers Association, “ICYMI: Policy Brief: What Does a Secure Border Look Like?,” 1/17/23 https://www.aila.org/advo-media/aila-policy-briefs/policy-brief-what-does-a-secure-border-look-like.

    • National Immigrant Justice Center, “Solutions For A Humane Border Policy,” 1/17/23 https://immigrantjustice.org/staff/blog/solutions-humane-border-policy.

    * Southern Border Communities Coalition A New Border Vision.

    What would different US foreign policies look like: Letter To President-Elect Biden on Central America Policy – Americas Program

     Additional resources:

    Hope Border

    Netflix film “A 3 Minute Hug

    Presentation slides - Roots of Migration PPT

  • One of the most remarkable transformations of the Church under ten years of Pope Francis has been in its exercise of authority, as modeled by the reformed Roman Curia and the global synod. The CSJ Center for Reconciliation and Justice, in collaboration with Global-Local Affairs, Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination, Political Science and International Relations, Theological Studies, and Mission and Ministry, presents a conversation with Dr. Austen Ivereigh about the reform of governance in the Church, moving from a juridical, authoritarian, and centralist model to one centered on discernment and service. The papal biographer and Fellow in Contemporary Church History at Campion Hall, Oxford, argues that in an age of national-populism (the “revenge of power”) Francis’ reforms (“the conversion of power”) represent a vital Gospel witness.

    Austen Ivereigh, D.Phil, Journalist and Commentator



  • Student leaders from the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Center Alliance Advisory Council introduced participants to the TRHT framework and the vision and goals of LMU's TRHT Center Alliance. These student leaders were guides through an experiential exercise called a story circle, where participants had a chance to deepen their connections with other participants through a lightly structured and supportive process. Following the story circle experience, participants were invited into dialogue regarding pressing issues they perceive in our campus culture and climate and worked together to envision how each of us can help nurture a deep sense of belonging among all community members.

    Elijah Blanton, Student Leader, Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center Alliance, LMU

    Jesus (Paco) Estrada, Student Leader, Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center Alliance, LMU

    Ariane White, Director, Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center Alliance, LMU


  • As part of the 2023 CSJ Center Symposium, the LMU Latinx Theology and Ministry Initiative hosted journalist and scholar Austen Ivereigh, D.Phil as part of the 2023 Hispanic Ministry and Theology Lecture.

    About the Lecturer
    Dr. Austen Ivereigh is a writer, commentator and speaker on contemporary church affairs, with a specialist interest in the Church of Latin America and the papacy of Francis. He drew on his D.Phil. from St Antony’s College, Oxford, in 1993 — which was published as Catholicism and Politics in Argentina, 1810-1960 — for his biography of Pope Francis, The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope, which has been translated into many languages. He has recently published a follow-up, reviewing the pontificate, published in the US as Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and the Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church and now available in the UK. As a journalist and commentator, he has written widely on church affairs and on the Francis papacy more specifically for The TabletCommonwealThe New York TimesCruxAmerica magazine, Thinking Faith and many others. He appears often on BBC and other media. 

    About the LMU Latinx Theology and Ministry Initiative
    This initiative emerged from a need to assess and then respond to the large population of Hispanic Catholics in the United States, and is a joint project of Loyola Marymount University's Department of Theological Studies and Center for Religion and Spirituality. As a Catholic university in the largest Catholic archdiocese in the country, LMU is uniquely situated to gather data and marshal resources that will aid in preparing Latinx Catholics for leadership and service in the Church. As the Hispanic Catholic population continues to grow, LMU seeks to grow in the capacity to truly serve this important community in the Body of Christ. 


Day 2: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

  • We have been engaging in many discussions recently about justice and justice systems in our LMU community and our society as a whole. Many of us have heard the term restorative justice but are not necessarily sure what it means or what it applies to. Sexual harm remains prevalent on college campuses and reporting has increased since the viral takeoff of the #MeToo movement in 2017. As the movement and conversations about sexual harm have progressed, interest in restorative justice approaches has grown. This session will engage Dr. Alissa Ackerman, an Associate Professor in the Division of Politics, Administration and Justice at California State University, Fullerton in a dialogue about restorative justice and what it offers for individuals and the community. Dr. Ackerman has dedicated her career to studying sex crimes policy and practice, the etiology of sexual offending, the effects of sexual victimization, and, most recently, restorative justice options for those impacted by sexual harm.

    Alissa Ackerman, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Division of Politics, Administration and Justice at California State University, Fullerton


  • As part of the 2023 CSJ Center Symposium and co-sponsored by the Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainability, Thomas Vozzo, CEO of Homeboy Industries, presents on the topic of his book "The Homeboy Way: A Radical Approach to Business and Life." His book is a reflection on leadership and organizational life designed to impact lives as he has learned “The Homeboy Way.”

    Thomas Vozzo, CEO of Homeboy Industries and Author of "The Homeboy Way: A Radical Approach to Business and Life"



  • Leaving the Factory is loosely based on the Triangle Factory Fire - of 1911 - that was the impetus for creating unions - all across the country. All the people who died (mainly women) were immigrants, working for low wages. 


    The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, featuring the following speakers:

    Catharine Dada, Producer of Leaving the Factory and Professor of Theatre at LMU (Moderator)

    Andrew Levay (LMU Screenwriting, '24), Producer of Leaving the Factory
    Roberta Sparta, Leading Actress of Leaving the Factory
    Reception to follow panel discussion in the East Atrium outside the Ahmanson Auditorium.


  • The CSJ Center for Reconciliation & Justice invites you to this Justice and Spirituality on Screen discussion and screening of Personhooda 2019 documentary film directed by Jo Ardinger.

    Program and Panel
    The CSJ Center's Justice and Spirituality on Screen series engages questions of faith and culture through the lens of modern cinema.  It is cosponsored by the LMU Center for Religion and Spirituality and William H. Hannon Library. The 2022-2023 series theme echoes that of the CSJ Center's annual symposium, Faces of Justice: Deepening Encounters, Confronting the Struggles.

    • Roberto Dell'Oro, Ph.D., Austin & Ann O'Malley Chair in Bioethics at LMU Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts and an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy for Life
    • Christopher Kaczor, Ph.D., professor and chair of Philosophy at LMU Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts and a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life
    • TBA
    • Michael McNaught (moderator), Assistant Director of the LMU Center for Religion and Spirituality

    To Attend (February 1)
    This event is free and open to the public. Public guests are required to register in advance (click Register button). Preregistered guests will then check-in at the LMU Playa Vista Campus gallery. LMU students, faculty and staff will need a One Card to access the gallery. The film discussion and screening will begin at 7 p.m. 

    For more information, contact Stefani Mejia at the CSJ Center at stefani.mejia@lmu.edu.

    Getting to the campus. The Playa Vista Campus is located on the second floor and is accessible via Elevator Lobby 1 on the east side of the building, above Sweat Yoga. The pedestrian entrance is near the corner of S. Lake Center Drive and W. Waterfront Drive. Click here for campus directions and map

    Parking. Paid parking is available at both campuses, subject to posted rates (we do not validate parking). Free street parking may be available around the Playa Vista Campus, but can be limited at peak times. A free shuttle service from the Westchester (Main) Campus is open to the public and is a convenient option for people commuting between campuses. Shuttle schedule is posted online.

    Watch the Panel Online (February 3)
    The panel discussion will stream on the Center's YouTube and Facebook pages on Friday afternoon, February 3, at 5 p.m. (Pacific). Participants are invited to post questions in the comments sections.

    Personhood is available on streaming services with subscription.

    Q&A (February 8)
    To accommodate both in-person and online participants, the panel Q&A will stream on the Center's YouTube and Facebook page on Wednesday, February 8, at 5 p.m. (Pacific). Panelists will answer questions submitted at the screening and online.



Day 3: Thursday, February 2, 2023

  • As part of the 2023 CSJ Center Symposium, this panel reviewed the past 10 years of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Act in the United States. Speakers spoke on the current and future legal challenges, shared personal experiences as DACA recipients, and we learned more about the ongoing political battle to protect the future of our vulnerable, yet resilient, Brothers and Sisters.

    Yurie Blons, JD Candidate and Clinic Student at Immigration Justice Clinic, Loyola Law School

    Daisy Chávez-Mendez, Community Strategist, Immigration Justice Clinic, Loyola Law School (Moderator)

    Marissa Montes, Director, Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic

    Alma de Jesus Ramirez, Community Health Worker, Health Care Center

    Joseph Villela, Director of Government Relations, The California Wellness Foundation




    1. Information for DACA renewals Daisy Chávez-Mendez Dchavezm@lls.edu / (213) 736-1408
    2. College Scholarships: https://www.boundless.com/blog/college-scholarships-daca-students/ 
    3. Advance Parole: https://www.boundless.com/immigration-resources/the-advance-parole-travel-document-explained/ 
    4. Health Access Info: https://www.nccp.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/DACA-Health-Insurance_7.6.21.pdf 
    5. Contact your local elected officials: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials/ 
    6. National Campaign - https://unitedwedream.org/


  • The CSJ Center for Reconciliation and Justice in collaboration with Global-Local Affairs presents a session featuring the evolution of student participation in international education at LMU, including Alternative Breaks and global immersions. It will highlight how several faculty and staff have intentionally engaged in efforts to promote student diversity in experiences abroad, and encourage students to explore other cultures, while also reflecting back on their own communities through a new lens. The main portion of the session features alumni who participated in these programs who offer reflections and lessons learned for their formation as people with and for others.

    Isaac Cardenas '20 MA '25, Center for the Study of Los Angeles Student Participant

    Megan Castillo '19, Global Immersions Student Participant 

    Deanna Cooke, Director Engaged Learning and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, LMU

    Jorge Cortes, Research Coordinator, Center for the Study of Los Angeles, LMU

    Patrick Furlong, Director, Pam Rector Center for Service and Action, LMU

    Carlos Rodriguez '11, Alternative Break Student Participant 


  • How do organizations such as libraries (academic and public), nonprofits like the Alexandria House, and LMU’s service organizations contribute to a person’s stability in their lives and therefore provide them with space to embark on their educational and career pathways?

    Libraries provide physical safe spaces and access to technology and resources for the homeless/houseless whether they are from the public or among the student body. The Alexandria House provides stable housing for women and children and helps them get permanent housing as well as provide educational and enrichment opportunities. LMU’s service organizations focuses on the academic success of students, especially those who were/are in foster care or homeless/houseless. In so doing, they ensure students experiencing instability in their lives such as homelessness receive the support they need so they can participate and succeed in their own educational and career pathways. How can these organizations improve upon their services with this sector of the community?

    Jamal Epperson, Assistant Director for DEI Initiatives, Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (Moderator) - https://resources.lmu.edu/dei/

    Yadira Enciso, Assistant Director for Student Engagement, Pam Rector Center for Service and Action - https://studentaffairs.lmu.edu/activities/centerforserviceandaction/

    John Frank, Senior Librarian, Venice-Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch, Los Angeles Public Library - https://www.lapl.org/branches/venice

    Nicole Murph, Reference & Instruction Librarian, William H. Hannon Library - https://library.lmu.edu/


    Ashly Nufio, Former Resident, Alexandria House - https://www.alexandriahouse.org/

    Sr. Judy Vaughan, Founder and Director, Alexandria House - https://www.alexandriahouse.org/