ISN’s University Leaders Summit brings together students from Jesuit & other Catholic universities who are passionate about driving change for more socially just local and global communities. The program provides formation in the areas of leadership, social justice, and Ignatian spirituality.
Throughout the Summit, students will:
- Examine the witness of Ignatius and Jesuit leaders’ throughout history and their call to work for justice
- Explore the Social Change Model of leadership
- Build upon planning and leadership skills including (but not limited to): goal setting, fundraising, meeting facilitation, advanced social media
- Deepen their commitment to working for justice through experiences rooted in Ignatian spirituality and engaging with Summit alums and college grads who have demonstrated significant leadership for social justice during their undergrad years
- Network and brainstorm with other campus leaders who are passionate about working for social justice
- Develop a personal action plan to translate your ideas and skills into programs on campus that tackle injustice on the local and global level
July 28-31, 2013 | John Carroll University
University Heights, Ohio
5pm on Sunday, July 28 – 12pm on Wednesday, July 31st
Registration includes three nights lodging in a shared residence hall suite, all meals, free parking (if needed), ground transport to/from airport (if needed), all program materials.
Prior to April 1st: (non-refundable deposit of $75 due by March 31st)
Member Institution – $325
Non-Member Institution – $350
Prior to May 1st: (non-refundable deposit of $100 due by April 30th)
Member Institution – $350
Non-Member Institution – $375
Prior to June 1st: (non-refundable deposit of $125 due by May 31st)
Member Institution – $375
Non-Member Institution – $400
Final payment (regardless of deposit date) of $250 is due no later than Thursday, July 11th.
Spaces are limited and will be offered as available. Deposit early to guarantee a spot.
Meet the Speakers
Edward J. Peck is the founding executive director of the Ignatian Colleagues Program. Prior to assuming this role in June 2008, Ed served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School at John Carroll University and taught ethics in the Religious Studies, MBA, and Nonprofit Administration programs. Previously, Ed was an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Neumann College in Aston, PA, where he directed the college’s academic resource center and served as a residential and athletic chaplain. In addition to his interests and involvement in local, regional, and national mission and identity work, Ed is a spiritual director and advisor to the Center for Sports, Spirituality, and Character Development at Neumann University. He holds masters degree in Divinity and Systematic Theology from St. Johns Seminary, a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from Loyola University Chicago, and a certificate in Ignatian Spiritual Direction from the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University. He is on the Board of Ruffing Montessori School and is past board member of the Jesuit Retreat House in Parma, OH. He is married to Sarah and is the father of three children.
Young Alumni Working For Justice Panel
Nick Wertsch is the Program Coordinator at the Kalmanovitz Initiative (KI) for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University. At KI, Nick oversees programs connecting students to worker justice issues in the Washington, DC community and beyond, including the Jesuit Just Employment Project. A 2009 graduate of Georgetown University, Nick took a leave of absence during his senior year to work as a field organizer on the Obama campaign in Missouri. After graduating, he moved to India to work with an Indian NGO providing media and legal advocacy on land rights issues. Later Nick returned on a Fulbright-Nehru Research grant to study energy politics and democracy in India. He has also interned at the White House and worked to promote clean energy at a nonprofit marketing group.
Marcela Hernandez is the Outreach Organizer for the Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition (project of CRLN), a coalition that works to engage faith communities and leaders in immigration justice through education, advocacy, prayer and action. She is also an organizer with the Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL), a Chicago-based organization led by undocumented organizers working towards full recognition of the rights and contributions of all immigrants. Marcela moved to Chicago in 2011 to complete a year of post-graduate service as a Jesuit Volunteer at Family Matters, an organization focused on after-school programing. Before coming to Chicago, Marcela was actively involved in the immigrant rights movement in Los Angeles. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish and a minor in Business Administration. At Loyola Marymount she was actively involved with service and social justice organizations that advocate for women’s rights, workers’ rights and immigrant rights such as MEChA, Gryphon Circle and others. During her academic breaks she participated and led immersion service trips in Los Angeles, Central Valley and across California. She served as Social Justice Director at LMU for one year, coordinating campus-wide advocacy and education events on different social justice topics including immigration, human trafficking, hunger, homelessness, Latin American issues and women’s rights. At LMU she was awarded the annual Fr. Donald Merrifield Intercultural Leadership Award, Arete Service Award and the Fr. Alfred Kilp Leadership and Service Award. During her free time she enjoys learning about different cultures, reading, dancing and taking walks along the lake.
Attending the Summit
Due to the nature of the ISN University Leadership Summit, and the expectation of participants to translate their experiences into programs on-campus, ISN seeks students who will be on their college/university campus for at least one semester during the 2013-2014 academic year. The ideal Summit participants have a passion for social justice grounded in their faith, and enter into the summit already thinking about social justice issues or programs that they would like to address or get started on their campus and beyond. Schools may send up to 5 students.