A delegation from Jesuit High School poses during last year’s teach-in at the nation’s capital. This year, Jesuit students added a local event to educate on immigration and racial justice, then urged participants to lobby lawmakers. (Courtesy Jesuit High School)
A delegation from Jesuit High School poses during last year’s teach-in at the nation’s capital. This year, Jesuit students added a local event to educate on immigration and racial justice, then urged participants to lobby lawmakers. (Courtesy Jesuit High School)
Jesuit High School on Nov. 4 hosted the Jesuit Teach-In for Social Justice, focusing on immigration and racial justice. The event featured keynote speakers from the Portland area and a live-streamed speaker from the national teach-in that took place the same weekend in Washington, D.C.

Students who couldn’t attend the teach-in in Washington decided to host an event at Jesuit. Student leaders Josie Donlon, Anna Rask, Archita Harathi, Clare Devine and Mandy Mitchell took the lead.

“Students who have studied about immigration in the classroom and have done service with migrants are able to speak passionately with members of Congress about why humane immigration reform is needed,” said Paul Hogan, principal of Jesuit. “Our students both here in Portland and traveling to DC are living the Jesuit mission to practice a ‘faith that promotes justice.’”

Following the teach-in, participants were encouraged to lobby elected officials to pass legislation that reforms immigration and criminal justice systems.