Educating First Nations Students at Jesuit Schools in Australia
In summer 2017 Nicholas Na spent three weeks conducting research at St. Ignatius’ College in Australia as part of an ongoing initiative of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service at Georgetown University. While at St. Ignatius’ College, a secondary school in New South Wales, he explored the challenges and opportunities First Nations students face in elite institutions. The school has a First Nations Unit in which at least six indigenous students are accepted every year through bursaries. His research explores the process of their integration into the boarding school in academic, social, and cultural spheres.