Jesuit values inspired Gabrielle Hanke
As Gabrielle Hanke (JD '20, MBA ’20) prepares to leave Loyola, she is especially thankful for her Jesuit education.
“I would not have grown to be the same person I am today without these values present in my education,” she says. Some ideas that made an impact on Hanke are “go forth and set the world on fire” and “cura personalis,” which means taking care of the whole self.
But the Jesuit idea that has stuck the most with Hanke is the idea of being men and women for others. For Hanke, this means “radical generosity – a deep commitment to social justice and giving of oneself to others.”
"Because I attended Loyola University, I can say that I experienced radical generosity. I saw what it means to be men and women for others.”
Reflections from the Class of 2020
To celebrate the Class of 2020, Hanke and other Quinlan students created brief digital send-offs discussing Loyola, the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and their hopes for the future. Watch Hanke's message:
In March 2019, Hanke participated in a service-oriented study abroad course in Puerto Rico. Hanke, along with other MBA students and Professor Carolyn Tang Kmet, traveled to San Juan and Manati to see the effects of Hurricane Maria first-hand.
“While there, we saw service groups supporting all who need help in their community. We saw volunteers treating community members like they were their own family, their own loved ones,” says Hanke. “The devotion to others was astonishing.”
During the course, students studied the effects of the devastation and interviewed stakeholders in the area to help develop solutions based on the needs of Puerto Ricans. One stakeholder that made an impact on Hanke was Fundacion Unidos para Servir, a group providing educational, legal, and social assistance to the north central region of Puerto Rico. “I will never forget this group of people – they provide water and other necessities to individuals who would otherwise have no way of getting these essential items.”
Their mission statement, “serving our community – serving our neighbor” reminds Hanke of Jesuit values. “These volunteers are saving lives in their own community each and every day. These are people who probably never expected to live through such devastation. And now that it has happened, they labor without asking for reward,” says Hanke.
Hanke plans to take the Illinois Bar Exam this July. After, she hopes to work in the areas of commercial litigation and business law.
Hanke encourages her classmates and colleagues to use the Jesuit values in their forthcoming roles and leadership opportunities. “Our Jesuit values are used to drive and guide us in leadership. They should be incorporated into our work and used in everyday life to make a difference. This is what sets us apart as graduates of a Jesuit university,” says Hanke.
As her time at Loyola ends, she recalls the Bible verse Matthew 5:16: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
She says, “I believe it exemplifies the necessity of being men and women for others.”