By Virginia Rider and Mandia Mdluli,
McGrath Graduate Fellows, University of San Francisco
Guided by the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm and the Universal
Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus, the McGrath Graduate Fellows
from the University of San Francisco (USF) had the opportunity to engage with local
communities and Jesuit partners in Cambodia during the summer of 2023.
During a two-week immersion experience, USF
students learned about the devastating effects of climate change on Cambodian
natural resources and livelihoods. They had meaningful conversations with local
Cambodians about the injustices they are currently facing and witnessed the
increasing social and geopolitical challenges in the region. One of the main
topics was the forced migration in Cambodia due to the depleted fishing
industry at Tonle Sap Lake and the harm done to the environment by illegal deforestation.