Arrupe Initiative Talks
We host small intimate talks with faculty and select students, bringing guest speakers from around the world, in the hopes of creating lasting relations with other Jesuit Universities and institutions, so they have a direct link to important issues from around the work that aligns with the university mission.
After Dr. Muñoz’s visit, we learned the Colombian peace process is in a delicate state and needs support, now more than ever. However, his visit paved the way for an event that could impact the implementation of the peace agreements positively. In the month of September, USF will have the honor of hosting the Colombian Truth Commission for the Peace Process, an organism that keeps the memory alive and cultivates reconciliation in the Colombian society. The Truth Commission is formed by prominent Colombian figures, who are eager to share their knowledge with USF’s community and are excited to learn about different perspectives and opinions that could contribute to Colombia's situation.
Thursday, April 11th, 6:30 PM
Manuel Ramiro Muñoz, founder and director of the Institute of Intercultural Studies of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Cali, was recognized as one of the best leaders in Colombia by Semana magazine and the Leadership and Democracy Foundation for facilitating dialogue between Afro and Indigenous communities and rural farmers from Cauca and Nariño. His main lines of research are interculturality, the relevance of higher education in contexts of multiculturalism, and Indigenous and Afro-descendants community processes.
Dr. Ramiro serves as a consultant for the International Institute of Higher Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (IESALC / Unesco) and is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Higher Education Conference of GUNI (Global University Network for Innovation), a network coordinated by the United Nations University, Unesco and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona. He has also served as a moderator of the Dialogue Group on Mining in Colombia (GDIAM) together with the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) of New York. Dr. Ramiro has been accompanying Indigenous and Afro communities for over 28 years in strengthening their formative and organizational processes; he's spent 12 years with the Afro-descendant communities of the South Pacific of Colombia and five years with farmworker communities.