Every Jesuit higher and secondary education institution in the United States has made a significant commitment to the facilitation of domestic and international service and social justice oriented immersion experiences. Each year thousands of high school and university students visit communities near and far to serve, explore issues of justice, and expand their worldview. With the implementation of these immersion programs comes the significant challenge of deeply engaging student participants in meaningful reflection and analysis about issues of race, class, culture, and privilege.
Among the many responsibilities that campus ministers, service directors, and community-based learning professionals have in planning immersion experiences, they are often challenged to find effective techniques to help participants analyze and work through stereotypes and biases. If left unchallenged, these predispositions are furthered through the short-term interactions with people during an immersion experience. Participants return with surface level perspectives on differences that exist in our world that perpetuate an “us” and “them” mentality that does not lead people to the truest form of solidarity and action for a more just world.
“Worldview for Solidarity: Deepening Immersion Experience Reflection on Race, Culture, and Privilege” will provide immersion experience coordinators at secondary and higher education institutions with practical methods for engaging program participants in meaningful reflection on issues of race, class, culture, and privilege, throughout the preparation and follow-up of their immersion experience program. The Ignatian Solidarity Network will partner with Training for Change, a national organization that facilitates training seminars aimed at empowering individuals to be to facilitate engaging activities on race, culture, class, and other elements of our diverse world. Started in the early 1990’s, Training for Change has facilitated thousands of workshops on nonviolence, diversity and anti-oppression.
The 3-day/2-night program will provide participants with opportunities to experience many activities and simulations that can immediately be brought back to their campus immersion experience program for use with student participants as well as moderators, faculty, etc.
Dates: Monday January 27 – Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Location: Cenacle Retreat House in Houston, Texas
NOTE: The program will begin at 3:30 PM on Monday (1/27) and end at 1 PM on Wednesday (1/29)
Until Monday, November 11, 2013:
ISN 2013-2014 Member Institution Rate – $245
Non-Member Institution Rate – $270
After Monday, November 11, 2013:
ISN 2013-2014 Member Institution Rate – $265
Non-Member Institution Rate – $295
Participation Fee Includes:
- Room & Board starting with dinner on Monday (1/27/14) and ending with lunch on (1/29/14)
- All Program Facilitation by ISN and Training for Change Staff
- Preparation Materials
- Access to post-conference online resources and video recordings
*** Fee does not include ground transportation to/from local airports. However, Cenacle Retreat House is located approximately 35 minutes from George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and Hobby (HOU) airports. Transportation to/from Cenacle is available for approximately $34/one-way, but cheaper rates are possible with group bookings. ISN will provide a participant contact list with arrival/departure times a few weeks before to allow participants to coordinate the most cost effective transportation, if they desire.
This program is supported by a Social and Pastoral Research Grant from the U.S. Jesuit Conference.
Questions: Contact Kim Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-397-2080.