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SLU Delegation Presents at Jesuit Higher Education Conference


Fourteen SLU faculty, staff members and administrators represented the University at the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) conference, “Through the Eye of the Needle, Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education,” at Seattle University from Aug. 10 to 13.

SLU AJCU Delegation

Members of the SLU AJCU delegation with Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., secretary for higher education for the Society of Jesus and former SLU provost (far right). Submitted photo

SLU presentations at the conference included:

  • “Intentional Course Design for Social Justice: A Workshop,” presented by Debie Rudder Lohe, Ph.D., and Gina Merys, Ph.D., of the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning.
  • “Operationalizing Mission for Our Students in Healthcare,” Kelly M. Everard, Ph.D. and Fred Rottnek, M.D., of the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
  • “Magis Ignited: A Panel Discussion on the Intersection of Business and Justice,” Bonnie Wilson, Ph.D., of the Chaifetz School of Business’ economics department.
  • “Teaching International Students: Ignatian Pedagogy and Best Practices in Service-Learning and Blended Classrooms,” Lisieux M. Huelman, Ph.D., Lisa A. Fischer, Ph.D., and Ann K. Meechai, Ph.D. Huelman and Fischer represented  the INTO SLU program and Meechai is an assistant professor of instruction – English as a Second Language.
  • “Making Meaning, Meeting Others: A Dialogue Facilitation Workshop on Identity, Difference, and Social Justice,” Karla Scott, Ph.D., Department of Communication.

University Provost Dr. Nancy Brickhouse also attended as part of the Ignatian Colleagues Program.

The conference was made up of over 400 participants from all 28 U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities as well as attendees from Jesuit institutions and organizations from around the world. The conference is held every four years, and began in 2000 at Santa Clara University, where Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., Jesuit General Superior, delivered his famous “gritty reality” speech, calling on universities to push students towards more experiential learning in the communities that surround campus, “through contact, rather than concepts.”