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1 First Year Experience Session Transforming First-Year Experience Programs to Cultivate Socially Aware and Involved Students, while Inspiring Social Responsibility Through the Freshman Seminar and Vocational Discernment Initiati ves Presented by: Brett S. Klein MEd,. Dr. Eileen McDonough, John Moriarty, M.B.A.

2 Principles of Good Practice at Catholic Colleges and Universities Eight Principles Freshman Year Experience Program built on the principles

3 Principle 1 Prayer written for the new freshman class Dominican Blessing at new Student Investiture Advise students about the interfaith prayer space on campus

4 Principle 2 Decisions, Decisions Program during New Student orientation – skits covering values, behavior, spirituality, character and ethical decisions Passport Program

5 QEP Learning Outcome Ethical and moral Reasoning - Students examine the views and values that influence their own decision-making processes - Students take responsibility for their own learning and development, acting ethically to achieve their goals and aspirations Engage diverse perspectives - Students gather, analyze, and thoughtfully use, evidence and multiple perspectives to support their own ideas Community engagement & collaborations - Students apply and explore the impact of the concepts, theories, and skills learned in class on issues affecting their local and global communities

6 Principle 3 First Year Experience Course- ORI 100, more values and spirituality as part of the curriculum

7 Principle 4 Community Service during Freshman Experience Day Recruit Peer Ministers during Orientation Check in

8 Principle 5 Offer programs on personal behavior and responsibility- civility, respect, values, character, taking responsibility for actions Mandatory programs - drug and alcohol/sexual assault awareness education – add spiritual component into the reflective portion of the program Project Lead Presentation – 21 Indispensable Characteristics of Leaders Workshop for ORI 100 – discusses values, character, spirituality

9 New Student Retreat – add dialog about character and values Ethical leadership Center – focus programs on 8 Principles

10 Ethical Leadership QEP Learning Outcomes Engage diverse perspectives -Students gather, analyze, and thoughtfully use evidence and multiple perspectives to support their own ideas -Student recognize the extent to which cultural standards, institutional practices, and values oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create/ enhance privilege and power

11 Principle 6 Training workshop for all Student Affairs Staff – basic understanding of the Catholic religion and Dominican Values and tradition

12 Principle 7 Provide opportunities for students to dialog THE 201 courses – requirement for all students – includes 10 hours of service learning Campus Ministry programs for students of other faiths Interfaith Luncheon during Founders’ Week

13 Principle 8 Explore your calling workshop for the course Prezi Project

14 Healthy Mind & Body Intercultural Ethical Leadership Who am I? Who are my peers? How do we live in community? What am I called to do? Discovery Application Commitment Respect & CompassionExploration & Empathy First-Year Senior-Year Sophomore & Junior Year Transformational Vocational Discernment Spirituality What will be my legacy?

15 Vocational Discernment Who Am I? Who Am I In Relation To Others? Who Am I Called To Be?

16 ValuesAbilities Skills Who am I in relation to others? Personality Who am I? Who am I Called to be?

17 FYE Day – Who am I exercise Purpose: To provide an introductory activity to encourage First Year students to start reflecting on who they are. Who Am I? I am... (complete the sentence) I love…. I am good at… I dislike... I am passionate about… I am determined… I want… I am afraid of... I value... I will... I am... Discover Your Calling – Fall 2013

18 ORI – 100 Purpose overview: Answering the question ‘Who am I?’ involves knowing/understanding that there are different components that make up who we are. There are 4 key pieces to the puzzle that make up who we are: Personality, Values, Skills and Interest. ORI -100 –MBTI Purpose: To help students identify their personality preferences and reflect on how it relates to discovering their calling. Discover Your Calling – Fall 2013 (cont.)

19 ORI-100- Values, Skills and Interest Purpose: To help students identify their values, skills and interest and reflect on how it relates to discovering their calling. Discover Your calling workshop – Who am I in relation to others (social Justice) Purpose: To help students understand that they are part of a greater whole and understand who they are in relation to others and how they can make a difference. Who am I Prezi Purpose: To provide an introduction/overview of the Vocational Discernment Process, or the steps involved in discovering their calling. Discover Your Calling – Fall 2013 (cont.)

20 Prezi Project The Prezi must be titled ‘Who am I?’ Include the exercise from the Freshman Experience Day – (I love….I am good at…I am passionate about…I am determined… I want…) Include the 4 pieces to your puzzle: – Your personality – Your values – Your skills – Your interests Include who you think you are you in relation to Society – what societal need is important to you? E.g. poverty, homelessness, etc, what do you think you can do to make a difference, talk about your community service and what you learned from it

21 Prezi Project continued Include the informational interview Instead of the 2 page paper, you will be putting what you learned from the interview into a slide (or 2) in your prezi. This is what is says in the syllabus: For this assignment, you are required to contact a professional who is in a career that interests you. This can be a family member, professor, supervisor, or another person you already know. This can also be someone you have not yet met (Career Development is available to assist you in connecting with someone). – What was confirmed during the interview, based on your previous knowledge and the research you conducted? – What new information were you given that surprised you? – Did you learn anything that strengthened your interest in the field or turned you away? – Are there any questions that you still have? – What are your next steps toward pursuing this career path? – What can you do now to further prepare for this career path? (To create a Prezi, go to

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