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Student spiritual development: A guide for the integration of living and learning. Deborah Cady Melzer, Ph.D. Vice President for Student Development Le Moyne College. Session Overview. Reflective exercise Overview of spiritual development Engaging big questions Integrative learning

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student spiritual development a guide for the integration of living and learning

Student spiritual development: A guide for the integration of living and learning

Deborah Cady Melzer, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Development

Le Moyne College

session overview
Session Overview
  • Reflective exercise
  • Overview of spiritual development
  • Engaging big questions
  • Integrative learning
  • Cross collaboration opportunities
  • Discussion
reflection
Reflection
  • James
  • Maria
  • Sarah
spiritual development involves
Spiritual Development involves…
  • an internal process of seeking personal authenticity, genuineness, and wholeness as an aspect of identity development.
  • the process of continually transcending one’s current locus of centricity.
  • developing a greater connectedness to self and others through relationships and union with community.
  • deriving meaning, purpose, and direction in one’s life.
  • increasing openness to exploring a relationship with an intangible and pervasive power or essence that exists beyond human existence and rational human knowing (Love & Talbot, 1999, p. 364).
spirituality is
Spirituality is…

Meaning, reflection, wholeness, connection, culture, inward orientation, outward practice, sacrifice, search, higher meaning, obedience, personal growth, identity

student views on spirituality
Student views on spirituality

A sense of wholeness in one’s identity or a connection with the divine

Both a personal and communal quest

fowler s stages of faith development
Fowler’s stages of faith development
  • Primal faith
  • Intuitive projective faith
  • Mythic-literal faith
  • Synthetic-conventional faith
  • Individuative-reflective faith
  • Conjunctive faith
  • Universalizing faith
park s mentoring community
Park’s Mentoring Community

The peer group is the most influential vehicle for student growth and development (Astin, 1993; Dalton & Petrie, 1997; Parks, 2000; Pascarella & Terenzini, 1991).

Students work through life shipwrecks within the context of a supportive and challenging environment (Parks, 2000).

spirituality as a tool for
Spirituality as a tool for…
  • Student Development
  • Engaging Meaningful Conversations
  • Cross unit collaborations
student development
Student Development

Understanding Self

Self-actualization

Vocational Discernment

Values clarification

Wholeness

Understanding Others

Openness

Conversation Strategies

Conversation Outcomes

Understanding the World

Philosophy of Life

Privilege

Service to Others

Understanding Faith

Comfort with the unknown

Relationship with the divine

Connection between faith and life

diverse conversations
Diverse Conversations
  • Relational Context
  • Encountering Otherness
  • Common Language of Understanding
conversation strategies
Conversation Strategies

Conversation Strategy in the Context of Mentoring Communities

Event spurred a meaning of life question

Self-reflective thought processing

Test out ideas or beliefs on like minded peers

Test out and/or debate ideas or beliefs with perceived otherness

cross unit collaborations
Cross Unit Collaborations
  • High impact practices
  • Core Components
  • Jesuit pedagogy
high impact practices
High impact practices
  • First year seminars and experiences,
  • Common intellectual experiences,
  • Learning communities,
  • Writing-intensive courses,
  • Collaborative assignments and projects.
  • Undergraduate research,
  • Diversity and global learning,
  • Community-based learning,
  • Internships
  • Capstone courses and projects,
  • Academic advising integrated into curriculum
jesuit student affairs
Jesuit student affairs
  • Accompaniment
  • Exploring Questions of Meaning
  • Well-educated solidarity
student voice
Student Voice
  • If the world was void of uncertainty, then we wouldn’t need spirituality as a lens to understand the world. If we lived in a certain world, rationality would lead us to knowledge and to truth just fine. Somehow all that is happening in today’s world can not simply be explained or found to be true by rational methods alone. My Jesuit education not only allows but encourages me to seek truth and knowledge through my education, my faith, my experiences of the world, and my inner soul.
conclusion
Conclusion

The Deck Prism

discussion
Discussion
  • How might the developmental perspective of today’s college student affect our role as student affairs educators in the Jesuit tradition?
  • What opportunities and challenges do we face in being called as the authentic mentors, student development and Jesuit tradition suggests we be, to our students?
contact information
Contact Information

Deb Cady Melzer

VP for Student Development

Le Moyne College

cadymedm@lemoyne.edu

315-445-4525