Plenary Speaker Materials

Rev. Marcel Uwineza, S.J. (click on links below to download PDFs)

Assembly Presentation
Healing and Suffering in Scripture
Reflection on Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

Eboo Patel (download PDF)

Wednesday, July 17 (2:00PM-3:15PM)

Lightning Rounds: Cuneo 109

Infusing Environmental Justice Across the Introductory Business Curriculum
Susan McCarthy, Loyola University Chicago
How can faculty use themes related to environmental justice to both accompany youth and help them care for our common home? By incorporating an environmental justice framework, instructors can use their introductory business classes to build upon students’ natural interest and curiosity.

The Importance of Teaching Responsible Investing at Jesuit Colleges and Universities
Noradeen Farlekas, Fairfield University
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Jesuit business schools are uniquely positioned to teach students about the responsible allocation of capital, or responsible Investing. This lightning round includes an overview of responsible investing and investment concepts such as fiduciary duty. The discussion will also focus on how responsible investing is aligned with Jesuit values, and how a Jesuit liberal arts education can prepare students to become positive agents of change and ethical stewards of capital.

Steer Clear Fridays: Religious Resources for Climate-Friendlier Dining on Campus
Patrick Cousins, Saint Louis University
This lightning round will highlight a campus initiative to leverage religious traditions to educate students about the benefits of more plant-based eating for “care for the common home.” Participants will discuss the disproportional ecological impact of a 2011 decision by the Catholic bishops of the United Kingdom and Wales to return to meatless Fridays year-round.

Integrating Laudato Si’ Into Major Facilities Decisions
Kristin Nelson, University of Detroit Mercy; Rev. Gilbert Sunghera, S.J., Gonzaga University
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AJCU member institutions average 150 years old, with aging buildings and infrastructure. Decisions to renovate existing elements or demolish and replace with newer versions typically only consider the cost of renovation compared to the cost of demolition. Decisions in the built environment carry an outsized environmental impact, responsible for approximately 40% of all global carbon emissions. Our stewardship and advocacy in the built environment will play a large part in meeting our collective commitment to Laudato Si‘, and addressing the climate crisis.

Roundtables: Rooney Hall

Ignatian Spirituality & Anti-Racism: A Movement in Understanding and Finding God in All Things
Clarissa Aljentera, Ignatian Solidarity Network; John Igwebuike, St. Ignatius College Prep
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In this roundtable, participants will be guided through an experience of the Ignatian Spirituality and Anti-Racism Gathering (ISAG), which took place in Arizona in January 2023. ISAG participants included individuals working among secondary institutions, within Province roles across the United States, and lay organizations that interface with Ignatian Spirituality. This presentation will focus on the learnings and experiences of our time together and how our work can move on and invite others into that space.

Combining High-Impact Practices to Facilitate Hope for Young Adults Transitioning into College
Michelle Sterk Barrett, College of the Holy Cross; Kathryn Hauver, College of the Holy Cross
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This roundtable will focus on ways to facilitate hope for first-year students through the high-impact practices (HIPs) of service-learning and first-year seminars. Participants will discuss a recent mixed-methods study conducted at the College of the Holy Cross, reflect on what programs might be effective in stimulating hope, and share best practices from their own institutions.

Climate Action: Our Spiritual Responsibility
Kristin Kusanovich, Santa Clara University
tUrn Climate Crisis Awareness & Action is a responsive framework, inspired by Ignatian spirituality, created by artist and transdisciplinary researcher Kristin Kusanovich. tUrn promotes science communication, climate justice, and anti-racist liberatory action: it conveys the urgency appropriate to the time-based problem of irreversibility, and helps create the time, space, and social permission to lean into the climate crisis and find just solutions. Help your “U” make a u-tUrn.

Workshops

Just Words: Examining the Language of the “Other” in Community Engagement through an Ignatian Lens (Cuneo 202)
Susan Haarman, Loyola University Chicago
Community-based learning, scholarship, and engagement work lies at the nexus between the Universal Apostolic Preferences. The language of “the other” is found throughout community-based learning, and is often intended to draw students’ attention to disparity and injustice, but it can also reinforce a “savior” mentality. Another approach in this work emphasizes surface-level kinship frameworks, minimizing the complexity of difference and privilege between students and the community. We will review how language of “the other” is used and how institutional context affects this choice, and consider ramifications of “other” language in several philosophical frameworks of justice, including Catholic Social Teaching.

Higher Education in Times of Repression: Academic Freedom, University Autonomy & Critical Thinking Under Threat (Cuneo 116)
Ana Karen Barragan, Santa Clara University; Serena Cosgrove, Seattle University; Marissa Olivares Morales, Seattle University
In the Americas, university autonomy and academic freedom are under threat as anti-intellectualism, state repression, and violence of populist policies and leaders seek to circumscribe the societal contributions of higher education to society, critical knowledge production, and democracy-building. This workshop aims to open with an incisive analysis of the impact of repression and populist politics on Jesuit universities, specifically on the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in Nicaragua. This will be followed by an interinstitutional dialogue of shared experiences among the participants facing state repression and a discussion on key elements for long-lasting solidarity actions among the Jesuit network.

Toward Ecological Koinonia: Laudate Deum and Systematic & Structural Conversion (Cuneo 210)
Felipe de J. Legarreta, Loyola University Chicago
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Conversion and reconciliation are the result and expression of God’s gift of redemption to both humankind and creation (Romans 8). In this workshop, we will discuss and explore concrete steps that may foster and promote personal and structural “ecological conversion” in the classroom and in the structural administrative offices of Jesuit institutions of higher education.

Just Teaching: Using the IPP to Prepare Instructors to Teach Justly (Cuneo 217)
Gina M. Merys, Saint Louis University
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For many instructors at Jesuit institutions, creating a hope-filled future means focusing on the work of cultivating a justice orientation within our students. However, creating just learning environments for our students also plays an integral role in setting the stage for a just future. In this workshop, participants will engage in several focused activities culminating in a preliminary action plan for designing a campus event that prepares instructors for just teaching in any discipline at their own institutions.

Fostering Environmental & Social Justice Through Community-Engaged Research (Cuneo 218)
Iris Stewart-Frey, Santa Clara University; Christopher Bacon, Santa Clara University; Tania Schusler, Loyola University Chicago; Jennifer Eagleton, Georgetown University
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Using Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, as a framework, we will discuss the transformative potential and practical challenges of using community-based participatory action research (CB-PAR) for community-led change toward environmental and social justice. Four presentations will focus on shared experiences of building transdisciplinary community-academic partnerships; discernment of goals and strategies to achieve them; and acquiring funding for community-based work. The projects presented will be followed by a discussion on the potential and challenges of implementing the calls of Laudato Si’ through CB-PAR, and the potential of networking across Jesuit institutions to leverage impact.

Wednesday, July 17: 3:45PM – 5:00PM

Roundtables: Rooney Hall

How Jesuit College and University Presidents Are Preserving Democratic Values
Vana M. Zervanos, Saint Joseph’s University

The preservation of democracy is an ideal and guiding principle that requires colleges and universities to inspire real and enduring solutions to societal problems. Presidents of Jesuit institutions of higher education are uniquely positioned to impact public interests compatible with institutional ones. Research conducted for a fellowship with the Graduate School of Education and The Netter Center in Democratic Civic Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania uncovers how sitting presidents of Jesuit colleges and universities have made difficult choices to uphold democratic values, animated by Jesuit principles, on their campuses and beyond.

Social Justice Dialogues: Creating Spaces of Global Encounter
Lauren DeVeau, Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya; Dr. Laney Bender-Slack, Xavier University

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How do we create spaces for students to have sustained and equitable transnational encounters that foster global citizenship and a hopeful future? This roundtable will discuss ways to practice collaborative and mutual institutional partnerships between the Global North and Global South using the Social Justice Dialogues Module, with a full-semester virtual program between Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya and Xavier University as a case study.

Logistics & Challenges to a Multifaith Residential Life
Michael Tofte, Fordham University

Accepting, welcoming, and celebrating students according to our Jesuit values of cura personalis, and women and men for others, leads to an intersection of reflecting on how spaces, logistics, and other physical investments inform how welcome our students and residents feel at college. Some topics to discuss in this roundtable include nonbinary/gender nonconforming bathrooms or housing options; halal/kosher/ethical vegan /vegetarian dining options; prayer spaces; and community assistance for fasting based holidays (e.g., Lent, Ramadan, Yom Kippur).

Organizing as Praxis: Teaching the “How” of Catholic Social Teaching
Annie Fox; Jesuits West Province; Michael N. Okińczyc-Cruz; Coalition for Spiritual & Public Leadership; Nicholas Hayes-Mota, Boston College

This session will explore community organizing as a uniquely Ignatian pedagogy for forming ministers in the practice of Catholic Social Thought. It will focus on the role of organizing in Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies’ contextual education program, as well as an upcoming edition of the Journal of Catholic Social Thought, which will spotlight “Organizing, Synodality, and Catholic Social Thought & Practice.” We will invite sharing from others doing similar work.

Workshops

Building Bridges: Creating Courses for Incarcerated and Campus Students Inside a Correctional Facility (Cuneo 202)
Ann E. Green, Saint Joseph’s University; Elizabeth Linehan, Saint Joseph’s University; Danielle Critelli, Saint Joseph’s University

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This workshop will present some of the principals and challenges of designing or revising courses based on “Inside-Out”: a model for courses that take place inside correctional facilities for incarcerated and campus students. We will offer examples of activities, pedagogy, and curriculum; discuss how our teaching has evolved due to the changing conditions of incarceration; describe the iterative nature of teaching inside correctional facilities; and consider how Ignatian values like cura personalis and solidarity influence course design.

Queer Stories: LGBTQ, Catholic Narratives of Inclusion (Cuneo 116)
Lucas Sharma, S.J., University of California San Diego; Jodi O’Brien, Seattle University

This workshop will draw on 25 years of interviews with former and practicing LGBTQ Catholics as they make sense of the seemingly contradictory nature of their religious and sexual identities. This workshop documents specific narratives of meaning ranging from “apologist” to “radical inclusion” perspectives. Just as LGBTQ Catholics wrestle with contradictions, so too all of us at Jesuit institutions can hold the tensions called for by being Jesuit, Catholic and radically inclusive. These narratives offer the opportunity for Jesuit higher education to make radical inclusion the distinctive Jesuit and Ignatian model for walking with the marginalized at our institutions, today.

Laudato Si’ and Your Campus: Strategic Action Steps Toward Sustainability in the Holistic Vison of Integral Ecology (Cuneo 218)
Yolanda Cieters, Seattle University; Dr. Jeanette Rodriguez, Seattle University; Dr. Shane Martin, Seattle University

Drawing on Seattle University’s experience as a case study, this interactive workshop will present the challenges, opportunities, and successes of formulating a vision and strategy for the implementation of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform (LSAP) at AJCU institutions. We will explore: institutional commitment and strategic vision; institutions’ “ecology” and LSAP baselines; active leadership participation; internal and external stakeholder engagement; integration of existing sustainability/climate goals; infusion across campus areas; and systems of assessment and consultation. Colleagues will leave with a deeper understanding of the action steps to consider in their own LSAP implementation strategy.

Increasing the Faith of Young People Through Academic-Service Learning Course Work (Cuneo 217)
Stephanie Wilson, Loyola University Chicago; Kiley Tyler, Loyola University Chicago; Jaylon Joyner, Loyola University Chicago

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Through community service, a collaborative community-academic environment can increase the faith of young people. Faith, Sports, and Fitness is a proposed 3-credit hour service-learning course that explores the relationship between faith and sports from a Christian perspective. In this course, students will be required to serve a Christian organization by facilitating faith-based fitness instruction for students, athletes, and churchgoers. Workshop participants can learn how to integrate this engaged-learning course model for use across the collaborative community-academic environment.

Go Set the Medical Education World on Fire: A Cura Personalis Curriculum (Cuneo 210)
Sara Bharwani, Creighton University; Jawed Bharwani, Creighton University; Kellen Andersen, Creighton University; Jyotsna Ranga, Creighton University

Higher education institutions are called to prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion. Drawing upon the Universal Apostolic Preferences of “Walking with the Excluded” and “Journeying with Youth,” we seek to share our experience of using the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm to develop a graduate medical education-level course to address issues of culturally and structurally competent healthcare. In this workshop, participants will learn about our triumphs and challenges and discover possible implementation strategies for their home institutions, graduate or undergraduate, medicine, law, or business programs.

Gaza/Israel & Our Campuses: Reflections on the Role of Jesuit Higher Education in a Time of Conflict (Cuneo 311)
Julie Schumacher Cohen, The University of Scranton; Imam Yahya Hendi, Georgetown University; Marcus Mescher, Xavier University; Michele Murray, College of the Holy Cross; Daniel Klinghard (Moderator), College of the Holy Cross

This workshop (hosted by the Assembly’s Commission on Citizenship and Democracy) will include participants from different AJCU institutions reflecting on how the Gaza/Israel crisis impacted their campuses this past year; free speech and academic freedom; Ignatian identity; protests and policing; and democratic and dialogic practices on our campuses. Opening workshop reflections will be followed by Q&A and an opportunity for attendees to discuss their own campus contexts in small groups with a guided format for discussion.

Posters: Damen Student Center

Taking It On: Ignatian Civic Engagement During Political Strife
Andrew Zolides, Xavier University

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Take It On (TIO) is a key part of Xavier University’s goal to promote Ignatian Civic Engagement. The initiative started in 2020 as an attempt to foster productive dialogue during a period of intense political division and strife. Since that time, TIO has become a wide-ranging project creating opportunities, guidance, and encouragement for productive civic engagement in all its forms – conversation, voting, activism, protest, active listening, political discernment, and more. This presentation will share the challenges and successes of this still-nascent project. More than ever, it is crucial for a Jesuit education to include purposeful training in becoming good, ethical citizens.

Cura Terra: A 5th Care for Excellence in Jesuit Education
Debra Mooney, Xavier University

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Cura personalis and cura apostolica are recognized as important Ignatian virtues in Jesuit education and are now common in mission parlance. More recently, cura studiorum and cura propria have been added to the Latin lexicon of cares. A fifth cura, cura terra, meaning ‘care for the earth,’ is proposed in this poster presentation. A model of the interrelated four Ignatian curas, within the all-encompassing ecological dimension, results in a panoramic ecosphere of care. This model of the Jesuit educational mission is comprehensive and reflects Pope Francis’ repeated conviction that ‘Everything is connected.’

How to Promote Interracial & Inter-Social Class Friendships Among College Students
Bashir Tofangsazi, Xavier University

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Catholic institutions of higher education are becoming more diverse than ever before. This diversity reflects itself in students from different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For many students, college might be their first encounter with someone from a social status completely different than their own. This is an excellent opportunity for instructors to promote friendships among students that can cut across such social boundaries. Inspired by the Universal Apostolic Preferences, this presentation aims to suggest potential activities inside and outside of the classroom that could contribute to this goal.

Attention, Reverence & Devotion of Learning Within the Embedded Ignatian Pedagogy
Thomas Knestrict, Xavier University

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Xavier University’s School of Education has initiated a curriculum model based upon the “Gifts of Our Ignatian Heritage“: fundamental Ignatian concepts that we have assembled and actively teach our education undergraduates. We use a theoretical framework developed by the late Rev. Howard Gray, S.J. to organize our pedagogical model, which resembles the ‘Spiral Curriculum’ model (Brunner 1960,1961,1973). However, we use phrasing given to us by Gray: Attention, Reverence and Devotion (2008). Both models represent one that begins with the fundamental understanding of concepts, spiraling up to a deeper learning, and ending, hopefully, with integration.

What the Bible Tell Us About Health, Healing and Healthcare, & More
Rev. Daniel McDonald, S.J., USA Midwest Jesuit Province; Debra Mooney, Xavier University

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Health-related education in the Jesuit network is growing. It is distinctive because of the mission to educate each student spiritually and morally, as well as intellectually. The Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus call us to show the way to God and share the Good News. This presentation offers a collection of Biblical stories and verses on spiritual, emotional/psychological, and physical healing and healthcare. A useful resource for faculty, academic administrators, and mission officers will be offered.

Walking the Path Toward Migration Justice: Red Jesuita con Migrantes – Centro América/Norte América
Audrey Hudgins, Seattle University; Harrison Hanvey, Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States; Lois Ann Lorentzen, University of San Francisco; Maria Vidal, Loyola University Chicago

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The Jesuit Migration Network-Central America/North America (RJM-CANA) is a collection of Jesuit institutions and works collaborating on migration justice in North and Central America across three dimensions: investigation/research; advocacy/activism; and socio-pastoral care/humanitarian assistance. The goals of the network are to (1) promote and defend the human rights of the most vulnerable; (2) address structural causes; (3) facilitate regional and societal dialogue on social transformation; and (4) connect with other civil and ecclesiastical initiatives. Participants will leave with greater awareness of RJM-CANA and information on how to affiliate with the network.

The ABCs of Asylum Accompaniment: Walking with the Excluded
Audrey Hudgins, Seattle University; Amanda Heffernan, Seattle University

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After fleeing their homes and making (often) long and arduous journeys to the U.S.-Mexico border, asylum-seekers might assume that the border itself is the last barrier that they face. A new set of challenges, however, awaits them in the United States. Most receive scant attention from government and non-profit agencies and are left to navigate the transition on their own. This poster session, offered by two individuals who have accompanied migrants, offers a tool for informed asylum accompaniment and ideas for individual, group, and campus engagement in this profound form of advocacy for migration justice.

Jesuit Worldwide Learning & Universal Apostolic Preferences
Martha Habash, Jesuit Worldwide Learning (JWL); Mélodie Honen-Delmar, JWL

Accompanying Website: jwl.org
Jesuit Worldwide Learning (JWL) is a Jesuit initiative that inspires hope in young people living at the margins by providing opportunities for higher education in the service of faith and the promotion of justice. Currently, more than 7,000 students study in JWL’s hybrid programs, which include Professional and Academic Certificates. Partner institutions offer online Bachelor’s degrees in General Studies and Sustainable Development, the latter of which promotes “care for our common home.” Community service is required of the students, and JWL internal research shows that it reaches its goal of transforming students’ thinking, which, in turn, transforms their communities.

SLU-JWL: A Free, Accredited B.A. Program for Students in Refugee Camps
Patricia Bass, Saint Louis University

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Saint Louis University (SLU) has partnered with Jesuit Worldwide Learning to provide a free, fully-remote Bachelor of Arts in General Studies to students living in and around refugee camps in Kenya and Malawi. While JWL provides on-site learning centers, Learning Facilitators, computers and internet access at the two refugee camps in which it operates, SLU provides courses, remote instruction, and remote student support. Our inaugural cohort of 17 students began their courses in March, and we are excited to share the opportunities and challenges associated with manifesting our mission through the provision of higher education to under-resourced populations.

Thursday, July 18, 2:00PM-3:15PM

Workshops

Where We Find Hope in Prison Education (Cuneo 202)
Malia McAndrew, John Carroll University; Courtney Everett, Saint Louis University; Chris Haw, The University of Scranton; Annie Phoenix, Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI), Loyola University New Orleans; Patrick Govan, Research Coordinator, JSRI; Rev. Thomas Curran, S.J., Jesuit Prison Education Network; Prison Education Student, John Carroll University

This hybrid (in-person and online) session will bring together Jesuit Prison Education Network members to share how they’ve found hope through engaging in teaching, learning, and research within prison environments. Showcasing a range of personal reflections—from administrators and faculty to staff, students, and alumni—this session aims to showcase the transformative influence of prison education on both individuals and institutions.

ON THE MOVE: Creating Compassion Through Simulation (Cuneo 311)
Clara Sayans, Jesuit Refugee Service / USA; Tevfik Karatop, Jesuit Refugee Service / Canada

This session introduces ON THE MOVE: a new advocacy project initiated by JRS / USA and JRS / Canada that allows participants to experience an interactive activity from a simulation exercise, A Journey into Exile, and discover how they can use it to foster compassion for the more than 110 million forcibly displaced persons across the world. We will then explain how these simulation exercises may help participants raise awareness in their communities about refugees worldwide; create compassion for forcibly displaced persons; and mobilize students to take action for a just world.

Women in Jesuit Mission: A Case Study at the Intersections of Race, Faith and Justice (Cuneo 116)
Paige Gardner, Seattle University

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Although Jesuit institutions hold aspiring missions and values rooted in justice and faith, the historical underpinnings of a Catholic, predominately White, and male-dominated space hold real implications for how women in academia and student affairs navigate their professional identities, practice, and research advancement. These institutions are not absolved from perpetuating harmful, toxic environments that often leave Women of Color exhausted, isolated, and tokenized. As a result, AJCU workshop participants will learn how “Women in Mission,” an initiative designed to support and retain all women at Seattle University, has grown to include an empowering affinity space for Women of Color in Mission.

Allyship: An Incubator for Students’ Participatory Research with Racially Marginalized Urban Youth (Cuneo 218)
Katherine Tyson McCrea, Loyola University Chicago; Amzie Moore, Chicago State University School of Social Work; Kevin Miller, Dominican University School of Social Work; Heather Watson, Riveredge Hospital
; Yigermal Demissie Ayalew, Loyola University Chicago
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In this workshop, presenters will share lessons learned from a program that has optimized (for 18 years) individual and group social services via participatory action research with urban youth of color stressed by low-income. Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work’s Empowering Counseling Program Participatory Science Initiative (ECP-PSI) has also been an incubator for graduate student education and research. Organized around Context, Experience, Reflection, and Action, the workshop will highlight the ECP-PSI and its work, and address theological aspects of allyship.

Ignatian Pedagogy for Engaged, Reflective, and Inclusive Learning: Preparing Students for a Hope-Filled Future (Cuneo 217)
Jennifer Tilghman-Havens, Seattle University; Jenny Loertscher, Seattle University

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This workshop will explore the intersections between the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP) and Inclusive Teaching for Justice, with a lens on how Ignatian Pedagogy creates the context for accompanying students toward a hope-filled future. Session participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their approach to teaching and learn new ways to engage with the IPP in the context of our students today.

How Can We Incorporate Integral Ecology Across the Curriculum? (Cuneo 210)
Chad Raphael, Santa Clara University; Nancy Tuchman, Loyola University Chicago; Brian Henning, Gonzaga University; Tanya Hayes, Seattle University

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The Vatican’s Laudato Si’ University Pathways initiative offers an urgent generational opportunity to advance environmental and social justice. In this session, leaders in sustainability from across the AJCU network will spark participants’ thinking about how to train the faculty to incorporate integral ecology across the curriculum; connect community-based learning to our bioregions and to Catholic social ministry organizations; enact curricular reform; and design interdisciplinary majors and minors, student fellowships, campus programming, and academic centers and institutes.

Lightning Rounds: Cuneo 109

Be Opened: The Deaf Catholic Archives As Project and Affirmation
Lisa M. Villa, College of the Holy Cross

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A grant-funded project to digitize the Deaf Catholic Archives is making the history of a marginalized community more accessible to them while serving as a unique and important resource for all. This presentation will introduce this amazing resource and inspire institutions to consider what hidden resources of their own might be discovered and brought to light through opportunities such as digitization grants. The presentation will also briefly describe how the project of uploading thousands of items was managed to create an efficient physical and online archive for a large and growing collection.

The Impact of Faith Socialization Practices on Character Formation & Social Responsibility: An Interdisciplinary Analysis
Joshua R. Snyder, Boston College; Elisa Magri, Boston College; Scott Seider, Boston College

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This presentation offers an interdisciplinary analysis of the influence of faith socialization practices on young adult character formation. We examine the results of a survey of 343 undergraduate students through psychological, philosophical, and theological lenses. Based on the results of this survey, students’ faith socialization practices had a positive influence on their level of social responsibility, sense of purpose, and gratitude. These data have clear implications for Ignatian pedagogy and how we ought to promote a faith that does justice within our institutions by tapping into the faith commitments of our students to promote the common good.

Synodality as Ignatian Pedagogy Embodied
Vanessa Rotondo, Fordham University

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Considering the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm with regard to Synodality, the process being followed for the Synod on Synodality employs a deep understanding of context (consider the local listening sessions), which is informed by reflected experience. The Church leaders (local and global) will then evaluate the convergences and divergences of spirit before encouraging intentional action based on these global engagements. Synodality, however, invokes an animation of spirit and centers on three main learning outcomes for the facilitator: collaborative learning, lifelong wisdom, and flexibility and openness. These three learning outcomes are central to student formation in Jesuit education, especially in postmodernity.

Placing Justice Within Community-Engaged Research: Lessons from Holy Cross’ Scholarship in Action Initiative
Mary Conley, College of the Holy Cross

This session will share the insights, challenges, and lessons learned from the Scholarship in Action (SIA) initiative at the College of the Holy Cross, funded initially by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Begun in 2018, the SIA aimed to strengthen ties between our college and the city of Worcester, MA through equity-centered, community-engaged research conducted collaboratively among faculty, students and community partners. Over the past five years, SIA has funded 14 three-year grant projects and 30 short-term grants in Worcester.

Assessing Student Experiences of the Spiritual Exercises
Erika L. Dakin Kirby, Creighton University; Kyle Mullins, Cristo Rey Boston High School; Rev. Gregory Carlson, S.J., Creighton University; Rev. Larry Gillick, S.J., Creighton University

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Since 2018, Rev. Gregory Carlson, S.J. and Rev. Larry Gillick, S.J. have offered the course, “The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius,” to seniors at Creighton University. We will present thematic highlights from multiple semesters of pre-test and post-test assessments where students were asked two questions: 1) How would you describe God’s relationship with you? 2) How aware are you of your “interior life” – of how you approach yourself, other people, life, and decision-making? We highlight the impact of The Exercises and changes students have noted in their spiritual lives.