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 2020

Friday, October 2nd, 2020
4:00 to 6:00 pm
On Zoom

Note that students must register in CORE 500-01 in WebAdvisor to attend convocation. There is no tuition cost to attend.

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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 2020 Agenda

4:00 - 4:40pm Welcome

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

4:40 - 5:15pm GSEC Program Student Panel

Student representatives from various GSEC programs take 10 minutes to address 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?

5:15 - 6:00pm Cross-Program, Small Group Discussion

  • Discussion Leaders from GESC faculty, staff, and students will also be assigned to help facilitate the discussion in the suggested format:
    • Round 1— 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.

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

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.  

Click here to register for CORE 500-01