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Convocation: A call to assemble, to reflect on the ways our core values—creativity, compassion, commitment—impact and sustain our professional lives. An opportunity for students and faculty to connect across programs and to reflect on the shared values of each of our disciplines.

Convocation 2019

Friday, September 13th 2019
4:00 to 7:00 pm
Graduate Chapel
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Connecting our mission and core values to practice across professions

The Convocation is an opportunity for GSEC students and faculty to connect across programs and to reflect on the shared values of each of our disciplines. Our goals for the Convocation are as follows:

1) To foster cross-program dialogue and understanding of the strengths and challenges of various professions
2) To engage students from all programs to explore relevant topics related to social justice
3) To develop a sense of belonging to and understanding of the broader GSEC community

Convocation 2019 Agenda 

3:30 - 4:00pm Arrival and sign in

  • Students/faculty/staff arrive at the Graduate Chapel and receive a name-tag with dinner seating assignment 

4:00 - 4:30pm Welcome

  • Welcoming remarks by Dean Fletcher and others
  • Introduction of students by programs
  • Introduction of GSEC student groups

4:30 - 5:30pm GSEC Program Student Panel

Student representatives from the programs listed below take 3-5 minutes total to address one of the following questions:

  • What is a story from your practice in the your profession that reflects some aspect of social justice advocacy?
  • What are you learning about what it means to practice from a social justice stance?
  • What is your greatest hope for social justice advocacy in your profession?
  • What are you grappling with as you try to incorporate social justice in your work?
  • How can and will your profession better address issues of social justice advocacy in the future?

5:30 - 7:00pm Dinner and discussion

  • Buffet (Food and Beverages) available in the breezeway outside York Commons
  • Assigned dinner seating (8 per table) at tables throughout York and Rogers Hall
  • Table Discussion Leaders from GESC faculty, staff, and students will also be assigned per table to help facilitate the discussion in the suggested format:
    • Round 1—After students settle with food, students introduce themselves: Where they are from, what brought them to L&C, one thing they like to do on the weekends, pets they love, genres of movies they like, etc.
    • Round 2—Each student is asked to make a couple of comments regarding what they learned about other professions, or their own, by listening to the panel. Students are invited to ask questions of those in other professions at the table: e.g. What motivated you to enter your field? What do you hope to achieve in your field? etc.
    • Round 3—Students are invited to choose a square of paper and use oil pastels to express a word, phrase or image gleaned from the panel or discussions that reflects a value/intention to be held moving forward into the year. These can be left on the table and will later be framed to enliven the walls of our classrooms.

Who is required to attend Convocation?

Convocation (CORE 500-01) is a program requirement for all students enrolled in the following programs:

  • MAT Secondary
  • MAT Elementary
  • MEd in Educational Studies
  • MEd in School Counseling
  • EdS in School Psychology
  • MA in Art Therapy
  • MA in Professional Mental Health Counseling
  • MA in Professional Mental Health Counseling—Specialization in Addictions
  • MA in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy
  • MA in Student Affairs Administration

NOTE: CORE 500-01 is offered each fall and is free—no tuition is charged.

Convocation is not required for students in the following programs, but may be taken optionally:

  • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction
  • MEd in Special Education
  • MEd with Preliminary Administrator License

If you have any questions regarding your Convocation requirement, please contact your advisor.  

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