Jesuit Social Research Institute
The Jesuit Social Research Institute is a partnership between Loyola University and the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus, which promotes research, social analysis, theological reflection, and practical strategies. The institute focuses on issues related to poverty, race, and migration, and is founded on the principles of faith and justice.
After Hurricane Katrina, Jesuits of the New Orleans Province realized that they had been failing to address social issues and respond to the plight of people of color in the region. The Jesuits discovered that persistent poverty was a major contributor to higher unemployment, illiteracy, and incarceration rates for people of color in the South. The Institute seeks to combat these root causes and create a more just society.