This past week, we kicked off the first sessions of our Ignatian Pedagogy Faculty and Staff Discussion Series that meet monthly on both Lakeshore and Water Tower campuses. These groups convened faculty and staff from myriad schools and disciplines, including the Schools of Communication, Business, and Social Work, departments of Physics, Political Science, and Chemistry, and University Administration and Campus Ministries, for a lively and collaborative conversation focused on the history of Ignatian pedagogy and the development of schools as a core part of the Jesuit mission. Discussions focused on the challenges and rewards of connecting the Ignatian tradition to work within Loyola. Many participants noted the similarities and differences between our current context and the historic patterns of the Jesuits. Participants reported excitement at the opportunity to talk through some of the foundational history of the Jesuits; further, they welcomed the venue where they could share practices used within their work that reflect the values of the Jesuits. Subsequent discussions will continue to build on these themes as we learn from each other and connect our work with the larger mission of the University.
You do not have to attend all the sessions, so if you missed the first one please plan to attend upcoming sessions. For more information on the Discussion Series, please see this schedule–all are welcome!