Since Ignatian spirituality is orientated toward action, the ICP necessarily includes a component that demonstrates the participant’s application of what she or he has appropriated during the program. This component is referred to as the “ICP Mission Project.” Mission projects are related to one’s work in the institution and, as such, do not demand additional work of the participant, but rather more intentional integration and application of material from the Ignatian educational heritage.
As an implementation component of the Ignatian Colleagues Program, each participant will design and conduct a work-related project that advances the institution’s mission in light of what he or she is appropriating in the program. To the degree possible, the project should be implemented (in whole or in part) before the end of the program and will be reviewed by the ICP office within a year of the program’s completion as a mean’s of program assessment. The project should be developed in consultation with one’s campus coordinator.
An ICP Mission Project contains two parts, a Project Design and a Project Summary. A complete list of steps and deadlines for both the Mission Project Design and Mission Project Summary is included in each description.
During the Capstone Experience, participants will have the opportunity to present their projects and progress to colleagues in small groups. This will be an opportunity to share ideas and seek constructive feedback. Completed plans will also be shared on the website for illustrative purposes.
Sample ICP Projects
A nursing department head is redesigning a program that places nursing undergraduates in a clinical rotation on city streets with the homeless to include intentional reflection and social analysis rooted in teachings on social justice that and solidarity with the poor.
A Student Affairs administrator is designing a series of semester-long staff development seminars in which division members explore the role of mission across the division of Student Affairs.
A School of Education dean is infusing an existing two-year program for part-time faculty with new elements of Ignatian pedagogy and spirituality. A senior biology faculty member who directs an environmental center is developing an Ecology course for majors, the structure of which is influenced by the thematic movements of the Spiritual Exercises. The course will explore contemporary Catholic conversations around the intersection of faith and reason as it pertains to the sciences.
Two deans from one institution are working together to invite their respective faculties to learn about the Ignatian pedagogical paradigm and apply it creatively to within their specific disciplines and actual courses.
An administrator in advancement is looking at how Catholic social teaching and principles of solidarity and justice can strategically guide investment and fundraising/friendraising efforts.
A graduate school administrator is investigating ways to integrate mission and identity more explicitly into graduate education.