Mission and Introduction
The Xavier Social Justice Network (XSJN) aims, through its actions, to bring about change in the world. The XSJN came about because of the desire of a group of like-minded Xavier parents and staff to do something about the injustice they saw in our world and to model to their children an action in response to injustice. They envisaged that combining skills and resources within the School community of Xavier College could make a difference to the lives of others and help address some of the injustices in society.
Our XSJN Mission is to work within the spiritual tradition of the Jesuits. This tradition calls us to live a faith in which social justice is at the heart. Our inspiration is Jesus Christ. As Christians we seek the common good for all, recognising the dignity of each human person, and especially focusing on those who are excluded from opportunities due to injustices in society.
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 vulnerable people. You can find a list of our wonderful volunteer opportunities here.
These agencies are chosen carefully by the XSJN Committee to ensure that they are in line with our mission and values and will be suitable for our volunteers. Our volunteers are always to be engaged in a way that is primarily relational, taking account of the full dignity of the person they seek to serve. The Network also offers opportunities for volunteers to reflect on their experience and so as to deepen their understanding of their commitment.
If you’d like to hear from our valuable volunteers about their experiences first hand, please click here.
As a way of bringing our new XSJN Volunteers together, we have customarily organised an 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 an XSJN volunteer, we would encourage you to attend an XSJN Volunteering evening.
Members of the XSJN are invited to a ‘Megaphone Music’ lunch at Artful Dodgers Studios, 11:00 am - 2:30 pm Thursday 27 October.
Art and music have the power to change how we encounter the world. A song can take you to another place. A photo can spark emotion. A video, rap or sculpture can let you connect, explore and express different parts of yourself. But not all young people have access to this powerful creative exchange. The good news is you could change that.
Based in Collingwood’s creative heartland, Jesuit Social Services’ open-access art and music studios support young people to unlock their creative potential in the face of monumental barriers.
By barriers, we mean things like not having a safe home, missing out on an education, living with a mental illness, misusing drugs and alcohol, surviving poverty or trauma, experiencing racism, battling long-term unemployment, or spending time in custody. Things that make it hard to feel stable, inspired and connected to the community.
The XSJN community are warmly invited to spend a few hours over lunch learning about Artful Dodgers Studios, including some of the wrap-around services and programs that Jesuit Social Services provide.
Listen to their stories and music, enjoy a delicious meal and learn how you can support this important work. James Haines (OX, ‘87) will be providing the meal and sharing some stories with the group.Tickets are limited to 20. RSVP by Tuesday 25 October.
Tickets are available via: here.
Photo credit: Courtesy Jason Lau, Arts Centre Melbourne
The XSJN seeks to help change the structures that keep people in poverty and social isolation. Therefore, the XSJN holds several advocacy events each year to raise awareness on important and current social justice issues and to challenge our understanding of them. This includes the annual Xavier Social Justice Network Dinner in support of Jesuit Refugee Service Australia and the annual advocacy forum, Dare to be Different. These advocacy events always include a call to action and strive to change our participants’ understanding of the systemic issues and thinking that creates injustice. “Magis on the margins” is an Ignatian way of saying that we seek to do the most deeply and integrally good thing for and with those marginalised and most in need. Acting thus confronts the issues that are difficult and takes courage. So, in selecting issues for advocacy, we look to confront the difficult issues on the margins.
XSJN Dinner in Support of Jesuit Refugee Service
The XSJN Dinner in support of Jesuit Refugee Service was held on June 9 2022. You can find more information on the night here.
Dare to be Different Forums
The 2022 Dare To Be Different forum was held on 1 September. You can read more about it here.
The XSJN newsletter also serves to inform members of current issues and offers ways for people to get involved to work towards positive solutions. There is no cost to becoming a member of the Xavier Social Justice Network or to subscribe to our eNewsletter.
You can read our newsletters here.
If you would like to subscribe to our regular eNewsletter or to find out more about the Network please contact us:
XSJN Coordinator: Ms Danusia Kaska
Telephone: (03) 9815 4891
The XSJN Committee is made up of members of the Network, including current and former parents, Old Xaverians and staff of Xavier College. The Committee defines the strategy of the XSJN and sets the direction of the Network. The Committee works hard throughout the year, including in discerning the themes for advocacy events and the agencies which to partner with. The events and activities of the XSJN are run and supported by the XSJN Committee and its members.