The Xavier Social Justice Network (XSJN) came into being when a group of like-minded parents and staff envisaged that combining skills and resources within a community such as Xavier could actually make a difference.
Our Mission is to work within the spiritual tradition of the Jesuits. This tradition calls us to live a faith within which social justice is the heart. Our inspiration is Jesus Christ, the model of a fulfilled life.
We seek to engage the wider Xavier College community – Old Xaverians, current parents and their families, past parents and staff – in becoming compassionate and reflective men and women who are committed to serving those in need through direct service and through raising awareness about social justice issues.
The Xavier Social Justice Network invites the Xavier College community to engage in volunteer work with social service agencies which support those in need. The Network also offers opportunities for volunteers to reflect on their experience and so to deepen their understanding of their commitment.
The partner agencies include:
- Sacred Heart Mission – Dining Hall and Women’s House
- St Vincent de Paul – Soup Van and Friday Night BBQ
- Jesuit Social Services – English Language and Child Minding Programs
- Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project – Friendship Through Teaching English Program
- The Haven – Companionship Program
- Free to Feed – Cooking School Assistant
- Education First Youth Foyer – Mentoring Program
- River Nile School – English Language Program
- Wellsprings for Women – Program Support
- Refugee Legal – Migration Agents and Paralegal Support
- Melbourne Adult Migrant English Program – English Tutor
As a way of bringing our new XSJN Volunteers together we have organised a XSJN Volunteer gathering each term. These evenings are a chance to bring Network volunteers together, share stories, induct new members and learn about new volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in becoming a XSJN volunteer we would encourage you to attend a XSJN Volunteering evening.
The XSJN also holds a number of advocacy events each year to raise awareness and to challenge our understanding of social justice issues. This includes the annual Xavier Social Justice Network Dinner in support of Jesuit Refugee Services and the annual advocacy forum, Dare to be Different. The XSJN newsletter also serves to inform members of current issues and offers ways for people to get involved to work towards positive solutions.
It is free to become a member of the Xavier Social Justice Network. If you would like to subscribe to our monthly eNewsletter or to find out more about the Network please contact us:
XSJN Coordinator: Ms Danusia Kaska
Telephone: (03) 9815 4891