The 2017 NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities (RSSI) Convergence is designed to be an atypical "conference" and rather a practice of "Convergence". To converge is to meet in a point or line or to move toward each other. Convergence is the very act of moving from parallel to common purposes The 2017 NASPA RSSI Convergence proposes to do just that. Join us on the journey!
It has been almost 20 years since the landmark Education as Transformation conference at Wellesley College took up these themes and higher education has been on a steadily evolving course to integrate religious, secular, and spiritual identities into the campus environment. Now, faculty across all disciplines, administrators, student affairs, religious professionals in higher education, community organizers, and others are invited to bring their experience, distinctive approaches, and emerging questions together, converging our conversations into a singular space that will call us to yet more informed. skillful, and effective action.
The 2017 NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Convergence is designed for higher education faculty across all disciplines, administrators, students, campus ministers, chaplains, religious professionals, interfaith educators, as well as university affiliates and partners that work in and want to work in religious, secular, and spiritual endeavors. This innovative three-day/two-night professional development opportunity intends to:
Enhance one’s understanding of spiritual, religious and secular student identities within the process of human development in the context of higher education.
Expand one’s confidence, knowledge, and ability to participate in spiritual, religious and secular conversations.
Increase attendees’ spiritual, religious and secular network(s) and their understanding of the work of various organizations and individuals that work in this space and how to apply this information to a campus setting.
Discover innovative and intentional practices and programs.
Discuss opportunities in which religion and spirituality are components of creating more socially just and civically engaged campus communities.
Share strategies and management tactics of religious, secular, and spirituality programs on and off campus including staff education, campus integration, identity development, and academic and student development partnerships.
Explore the breadth and depth of higher education’s responsibility to both undergraduate and graduate students who are lifelong learners with an understanding of religious, secular, and spiritual identities and how to engage with individuals of different faiths and perspectives beyond graduation.
NASPA'S Journal of College and Character with special guest editors, Nick Bowman and Jenny Small, will publish a special issue relating to the conference theme. The issue will include selected articles based on scholarship presented at the conference. Papers given at the conference or manuscripts which have been later developed based on program presentations may be submitted for consideration. Prior to the conference, all registered presenters will receive information regarding manuscript guidelines and deadline for submission to the journal. The JCC is a professional journal that examines how colleges and universities influence the moral and civic learning and behavior of students. For more information about the Journal of College and Character, visit the website here. Send questions regarding the special issue to JCC editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Convergence can only happen if we come together, therefore, we invite you to join us May 22-24, 2017 at UCLA to be fully present to share your experiences, talents, insights, and questions as we gather together in the spirit of common interest to move our work forward.