Arrupe Launching Brings Together ASEP and SICO Alumni Spanning 30 Years

SICO at 30

The launching of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (or simply, the Arrupe Office), the new name of the Social Involvement Coordinating Office (SICO), gathered together alumni of the Ateneo Student Exposure Program (ASEP) and the corps of SICO Volunteers spanning its thirty-year history. The Arrupe Office was launched during the kickoff on 26th September at F-213, commemorating SICO’s 30 years of social involvement work.

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Rationale of SICO’s 30th Year Celebration

It is such a privilege to serve the Ateneo de Davao University through the Social Involvement Coordinating Office, or its unmistakable acronym, SICO. As its new director commencing the school year 2012―which is our 30th year―it is an even greater privilege to personally welcome all of you, and all of us, who have been, in one way of the other, associated with SICO through its three-decade journey. I say journey precisely because for all that was and for all that has been, SICO’s history has been one great journey, indeed.

From its early beginnings, at a time when there that was a huge clamour for social conscientization occasioned by the socio-political climate which characterized the penultimate years of the Marcos regime, until the ushering in of an age of democratization through the People Power Movement, and even with the changing temper of the age, as it were, that accompanied the presidencies of Ramos, Estrada, Arroyo, and the second Aquino presidency―it could with reason be said that SICO has certainly tried to live up to the challenges which these different eras have brought upon. The myriad of programs that it has rolled out through the years and given the number of stakeholders it has served, both internal and external, are witnesses of the journey which SICO has experienced and come to reckon with.  Continue reading

SICO Launches Arrupe Office of Social Formation at Today’s Kickoff

The Social Involvement Coordinating Office (SICO) will formally change its name to the “Arrupe Office of Social Formation” at the kickoff on 26th September 2012, celebrating SICO’s 30th year as the social arm of the Ateneo de Davao University. This special celebration will also formally launch SICO’s year-long celebration to commemorate its three decades of work in social formation. The kickoff carries the theme “Leadership and the Formation of Social Conscience.”

The change of name is significant for SICO because it pays tribute to the late former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, a gigantic historical figure who has been largely credited for his strong articulation of the Jesuit’s primary apostolic mission of the service of the faith and the promotion of justice, expressed in the documents of the 32nd General Congregation (GC 32). This change of name is also born out of SICO’s organizational discernment to reaffirm its mandate and refocus its overall direction in view of the university’s new vision, mission and goals (VMG).

With its new name, SICO (in which case, Arrupe) will certainly proceed as a renewed office that underscores the promotion of social formation in accordance with the university’s social thrust. Likewise, it will continue to advance social consciousness building among the members of the university community and beyond, and respond to the challenge of living a truly engaged faith that does justice.

SICO cordially invites the university community to the kickoff this afternoon at 2:00 p.m., F-213. (By M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications & Advocacy)

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