WEST WING SCHOLARS PROGRAM:
ILC FOR IGNATIAN LEADERSHIP & CIVIC SERVICE
SYMP 0010-R01; Fall 2017; Tuesday 7:00-8:15pm
Dr. Hume, Dean Parmach, Intern Monica Olveira, RA Emily Borovskis
ILC Classroom, 3rd Floor, O’Hare Hall Residential College
West Wing (WW) at Fordham University provides an Ignatian leadership and service integrated learning community for sophomores and juniors of Fordham College at Rose Hill and the Gabelli School of Business. Recognizing the value of interdisciplinary study, WW connects such topics as government policy-making, public service, social justice, and effective leadership in the Jesuit tradition, in order to inspire exemplary and well-rounded scholars confident in their abilities to effect change both at Fordham University and in the world.
Module Structure: WW is a year-long sequence of two 1-credit Pass/Fail seminars which addresses four academic and service learning modules (two in fall semester, two in spring semester).
Module #1: “Ignatian Vocation, Empowerment, & Public Service Today”
In this module, we reflect on what one’s vocation (calling) in life means and its linkages to public service as members of Fordham and its neighboring communities. We then identify concrete public policy problems that need action and consider our response and service as contributing members of the Bronx community.
9/5: Welcome Dinner & Introduction to Course Objectives
9/12: Speak Up Symposium: Dean Parmach and Intern Monica propose a working model of civic identity and service through the Ignatian model of “Being in the world while not of the world”
Reading: brief selection from Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education
9/19: Interactive Workshop: Dr. Hume, Intern Monica, and RA Emily facilitate a presentation on the value of public service, with a special focus on action problems for our Fordham campus and neighboring communities
Reading: select chapter from Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone on the decline of civic engagement
9/26: Colloquium with Fordham’s Young Alumni Committee: “Jesuit Soft Skills to Develop Right Now” (How eloquentia perfecta, taking initiative, asking discerning questions, and presenting oneself clearly and concisely prepare students for meaningful professional and personal lives)
Reading: brief selection from Career Services literature/newspaper article
10/3: Critical Argument Showdown: Professor Tampio on educational policy & common core curriculum
Reading: chapter from Nicholas Tampio’s Common Core: National Education Standards and the Threat to Democracy
10/10: Critical Argument Showdown: Professor Berg on NYC urban health policy
Reading: chapter from Bruce Berg’s Healing Gotham: New York City’s Public Health Policies for the New Century
Module #2: “Accountability, Serving Others, & Ignatian Leadership”
Fordham’s Core Curriculum Mission Statement asserts that our transforming Ignatian education involves a deep commitment to service. It states: “The humanistically educated do not stand by as idle spectators of suffering and strife, but attempt to serve others and the communities to which they belong, that is, their families, their neighborhoods, their countries, and the world.”
What qualities and leadership models do we expect from government leaders? How can we be effective Fordham student leaders who serve the public good? Why should we be held accountable as leaders in our community? And how much? Such questions frame the context of this second module.
10/17: No WW class due to Midterm Exam Period
Paper and Presentation Topics Approved by Intern Monica and RA Emily
10/24: Colloquium on NYC Mayoral Election: Dr. Hume leads discussion on candidates and relevant issues
Reading: selection on today’s NYC political climate
10/31: Ignatian Reflection Night: Dean Parmach, Intern Monica, and RA Emily lead a session on cultivating skills of reflection based on the theme of gratitude
Reading: brief excerpt on Ignatian mindfulness
11/7: Documentary Dialogue: Thirteenth – This documentary analyzes the system of mass incarceration and raises challenging questions about the promotion of human dignity and racial politics in the US
Reading: selection from Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow
11/14: Interactive Workshop: “Umm…Huh? Eloquentia Perfecta & Oral Presentation Skills”
Draft of Semester Paper Due: Small group critical feedback discussions
11/21: Thanksgiving Week: No WW Class
Semester Papers Due: Submit hard (paper) copy to Dr. Hume in Faber 669 by 12:00 noon today
11/28: Student Presentations: Groups 1, 2, 3
12/5: Student Presentations: Groups 4, 5, 6
Semester Paper and Group Presentation
All students submit their semester paper in hard (paper) copy on 11/21/17.
Semester Paper Prompt: In a 2-page double-spaced essay, describe a public policy problem that requires action and the likely consequences if the problem is not adequately addressed. The problem may be one that we previously discussed in class (e.g., low voter turnout, poverty in the Bronx, hate speech), one that relates to the mayoral election, or another problem of your choice (with professor’s approval).
Presentation: Each group delivers a 15-minute presentation that argues why your public policy problem requires action, particularly at the Fordham community level. (The fall semester focus is on identifying problems, not solutions, so potential solutions should not be in your presentation.) Limit of 3 PowerPoint slides in total (3 students).
Format: Presentation consists of 2 parts:
- Sustained argument demonstrating why public policy problem requires action (3-4 students give PowerPoint)
- Facilitating a brief in-class exercise that engages audience about your group’s action problem in an academically rigorous way (2 students)
Program Attendance & Service-Learning Participation
In addition to our weekly class sessions, WW scholars participate in service-learning programs that highlight and develop the Ignatian skills of learning, sharing, serving, and reflecting.
Scholars participate in THREE service-learning programs: two with entire class, one on their own.
Entire Class Programs:
9/23: The Bronx is Blooming, Garden Clean-Up with Girl Scouts, 9am-2pm
11/12: St. Francis Xavier Welcome Table Food Service Ministry, Chelsea NY 10am-4pm
Examples of Programs On Your Own:
Murray-Weigel Hall Jesuit Infirmary
Fordham Ignatian Week Sponsored events
Tutoring & Mentoring: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Grammar School
Food Pantry & Meal Serving: Part of the Solution (POTS) community outreach
*Or others approved by WW Team
West Wing ILC Team
Robert J. Hume, Ph.D., is Faculty Director of WW. Dr. Hume is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Fordham University with degrees from the College of the Holy Cross (B.A.) and the University of Virginia (M.A., Ph.D.). Dr. Hume’s research interests are constitutional law and judicial policy development, with particular emphasis on the impact of court decisions. Specifically, he studies and writes about religion and the law, impact of state supreme courts on same-sex marriage policies, impact of the U.S. Courts of Appeals on the federal bureaucracy, and language strategies used by judges to advance implementation goals. An accomplished scholar, teacher, and academic advisor, Professor Hume is in his 13th year of service to Fordham University and is an integral member of our WW-ILC team.
(Contact: email@example.com, (718) 817-3964, Faber 669)
Robert J. Parmach, Ph.D., is Dean's Office liaison to the WW-ILC. Dr. Parmach is the Freshman Dean of FCRH, Faculty Director of the Manresa Scholars Program, and he teaches Philosophy and Theology. Dean Parmach holds degrees from Fairfield University (AB with Classics Distinction) and Fordham University (M.A., Ph.D.) Professor Parmach’s teaching and academic scholarship includes philosophical and religious hermeneutics, ethics for young adults, and Jesuit education and pedagogy. An avid runner and campus presence, Dean Parmach is also in his 20th year of service to Fordham University.
(Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, (718) 817-5720, Keating 302)
Monica Olveira, FCRH ’18, is WW Intern. Monica is a fundamental partner in the learning experience of our WW students and Program, and she promotes a productive, mission-driven academic ILC atmosphere. She is a WW alumna and current senior pursuing a double major in IPE Latin American Studies and minor in French. Monica shares with others her pride in and for the Fordham community, is heavily involved in mentoring neighborhood children in academic and civic initiatives, and holds key leadership positions in UNICEF USA, Religions for Peace USA, International Rescue Committee (IRC) and writes for the Fordham Political Review.
(Contact: email@example.com, (201)-927-0711)
Emily Borovskis, FCRH ’19 is a junior in Fordham College at Rose Hill majoring in History with a double minor in Political Science and Spanish. She was a Manresa Scholar her freshman year and a West Wing scholar her sophomore year. Emily is a Liaison Officer for UNICEF, a member of the Academic Integrity Committee for the FCRH Dean’s Office, and a Faculty Advisor Student Assistant in the College’s core advising program. Off-campus, she interned with the New York State Division of Human Rights. Emily is excited to bring her past ILC experiences to this year's West Wing community to create a welcoming and learning environment. (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, (973) 513-3321, O'Hare Room 375)
Karen Zuniga, M.S., is the Resident Director of O’Hare Hall. RD Karen’s role is to supervise and mentor O’Hare RAs and work to build a community of educational learning, service, and accountability within this ILC. Karen holds a B.A. in Finance from Florida Atlantic University and an M.S in College Student Affairs with a concentration in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University. RD Karen has extensive knowledge in Residential Life with previous positions held at Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern University, and Columbia University. RD Karen has been with Fordham since spring 2016 serving as the RD of Loschert Hall, and we welcome her to our WW-ILC team.
Brief Sketch of Ignatius of Loyola
By Robert J. Parmach, Fordham University
Íñigo López de Loyola (1491-1556) was born into an aristocratic family in the Basque region of Northern Spain. As a vain young man, he was captivated by military prowess, honor, chivalry, and the pursuit of material wealth. Known to brawl and sword fight (usually after a night of drinking), the hot headed Íñigo was no stranger to sexual conquest as he worked to arrange a cozy life of pleasure, privilege, and power. When he was 24, a criminal charge of “nocturnal misdemeanors” was on his police record which landed him and his brother, Pedro, in prison. Íñigo was an experienced sinner before an inexperienced saint.
An unexpected shift quickly occurred. While fighting as a military officer against the French in the Battle at Pamplona in 1521, a cannonball shattered Íñigo’s right knee and severely wounded his left. In two seconds, these two injuries marked the beginning of two subsequent realities: a noticeable lifelong limp for the vain courtier, and a huge roadblock in his executive fast track strategy. After a long and painful year of convalescence, sheer boredom (remember, there was no Snapchat), and troubling spiritual doubts and awakenings, Íñigo did some soul searching by way of critical self-inventory and prayer. And it profoundly affected him psychologically, socially, ethically, and spiritually.
Íñigo was indeed changing and decided that he simply could not keep living as planned. His body was healing, but his soul was starving. The soldier surrendered and recast himself as a different type of warrior – a scrappy soldier for Christ. He would take the name of Ignatius (presumably given his devotion to Ignatius of Antioch) and begin a lifelong labor of love in which he, along with his college roommates Francis Xavier and Peter Faber, would build one of the world’s largest and most respected religious orders and educational philosophies called Jesuit. It would have one simple yet challenging goal: transforming one soul at a time. This Jesuit care of the whole person (body, mind, spirit) educational approach continues to shape millions of students throughout the centuries. In addition, Ignatius’ best known spiritual legacy is the workbook he wrote called The Spiritual Exercises in which meditation, prayer, and imagination guide one along the path of transformation through the lens of intellect, faith, and engaged questioning.
Throughout his life, Ignatius continued to wrestle with fears, doubts, and desires. He worked to unpack his faith, the world, and the God he served. He worked to hone skills of patience, critical scrutiny, and gratitude, and by uniting in word and deed what he truly desired – to see God in all things. Ignatius’ journey was arduous, not effortless or instantaneous. And like so many things that are meaningful, Ignatius’ own story teaches us that we need quality time in our own WW community to question, tackle, doubt, discern, absorb, and energize as we care for the whole person as intellectual, ethical, and spiritual young adults.