WEST WING SCHOLARS PROGRAM:
ILC FOR IGNATIAN LEADERSHIP & CIVIC SERVICE
SYMP 0010-R01; Fall 2019; Tuesday 7:00-8:15pm
Dr. Hume, Dean Parmach, RA & Intern Devin Dagostino
ILC Classroom 364, 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 community engaged 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 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.
9/3: Welcome Dinner & Introduction to Course Objectives; Visit by representatives from Crotona Achievement Program and Rosedale Achievement Program
9/10: Current Events #1
Introduction to Action Problems: Dr. Hume and RA & Intern Devin facilitate a discussion on the value of public service, with a special focus on action problems for our Fordham campus and neighboring communities
Reading: selection from Andrew Sullivan on the problem of polarization in America today & Blackboard post
9/17: Current Events #2
Interactive Workshop: Dean Parmach and RA & Intern Devin facilitate a conversation with students about 3 specific public policy issues requiring action
Complete the Blackboard Post
9/24: Current Events #3
Critical Reflection: Dr. Arto Woodley and Vanessa Rotondo from Fordham’s Center for Community Engaged Learning office (CCEL)
10/1: Current Events #4
Ritchie Torres, councilmember district 15, to speak about on-the-ground civic engagement and understanding local problems at the action level
Reading: brief selections on Blackboard & Blackboard Post
10/8: Current Events #5
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 civically engaged lives)
Reading: selection from Career Services literature
10/15: No WW class due to University Midterm Exam Period -- Proposals sent to WW Team via email
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? To what extent should we be held accountable as leaders in our community? Such questions frame the context of this second module.
10/22: Current Events #6
Theory-in-Action: John Sanchez, CB6 district manager
10/29: Current Events #7
Colloquium on Democratic Primary Elections: Dr. Hume leads this interactive discussion
Reading: selection on primary elections
11/5: Current Events #8
7:30pm Start Tonight - Ignatian Yoga Night: Carol Gibney, Dean Parmach and RA & Intern Devin lead this session
Reading: selection on Ignatian mindfulness and spiritual well-being
11/12: Current Events #9
Interactive EP Workshop: WW Team facilitates this session
Blackboard preparatory exercise
11/19: Current Events #10
Student Presentations: In groups, all students present individual 1-minute Elevator Pitches
Blackboard submission of Elevator Pitches
11/26: Thanksgiving Week: No WW Class
12/3: Current Events #11
Student Presentations: Selection of Final 2 Proposals
On 11/19, each student delivers a 1-minute Elevator Pitch that argues why your public policy problem requires action, particularly at the Fordham community level. (Fall semester focus is on identifying problems, not solutions)
On 12/3, WW students are organized into groups presenting more developed versions of two final proposals.
Program Attendance & Community Engaged Learning
In addition to our weekly class sessions, WW scholars participate in community engaged learning programs that highlight and develop the Ignatian skills of learning, sharing, serving, and reflecting.
Scholars participate in THREE programs: one with entire class, two of your choice with fellow WW members.
Entire Class Program:
Drew Gardens, Bronx Community Partner Clean-Up, 9/14, 10am-2pm
Examples of Programs with other WW members:
Murray-Weigel Hall Jesuit Infirmary
Fordham Ignatian Week sponsored events Tutoring & Mentoring: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Grammar School Belmont Community Public Library youth reading program Food Pantry & Meal Serving: Part of the Solution (POTS) community outreach
St. Francis Xavier Welcome Table Food Pantry Ministry, Chelsea NY, 10am-4pm
Community Board 6 toy drive and Christmas Celebration with children
Habitat for Humanity/NY Cares
*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.), and has research interests in constitutional law and judicial politics. An accomplished scholar, teacher, and academic advisor, Professor Hume is in his 15th year of service to Fordham University and is an integral member of our WW-ILC team.
(Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, (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.) and his teaching and academic scholarship includes philosophical and religious hermeneutics, ethics for young adults, and Jesuit education. Dean Parmach is in his 22st year of service to Fordham University.
(Contact: email@example.com, (718) 817-5720, Keating 302)
Devin D’Agostino, FCRH ’20 is a senior in FCRH double majoring in Integrative Neuroscience and Philosophy with a minor in History. He is a member of the FCRH Honors Program and has served as a resident assistant for the past two years, last year for the Manresa-Loyola ILC. Devin is a volunteer with the South Bronx Educational Foundation’s Crotona Achievement Program, conducts research at the Fordham Memory and Aging Lab, and was a USG Senator, where he served on committees concerning sustainability, club operations, and sexual misconduct. He has interned with the Wildlife Conservation Society and Fordham University collaborative social science research study and youth development program, Project TRUE, acted as a research assistant in the W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University, and served as a science educator at the Museum of Natural History. Devin is excited to help facilitate and contribute to this year's West Wing community. (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, (631) 603-1890, O'Hare Room 375
Super 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 Instagram), 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 WW community to question, tackle, doubt, discern, absorb, and energize as we care for the development of the whole person as intellectual, ethical, and spiritual young adults who are civically engaged in the world today.