Participant Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be Roman Catholic or Christian to participate in the ICP?
Certainly NOT. The ICP welcomes all people who are interested in understanding and advancing their schools’ mission and the mission of Jesuit higher eduction, regardless of their faith backgound. It is important to know, though, that all participants are required to participate in a signficant experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola or an alternate form of sustained guided spiritual reflection for non-Christians. The reflection of this component of the ICP is the glue that holds the entire experience together. In closing, the ICP will benefit greatly by welcoming leaders who reflect the religious diversity that makes up our institutions.
I am concerned with the amount of time this will take, particularly the online courses. Is this going to be manageable?
There is no doubt that this program involves a signficant commitment of time and energy. Program designers kept in mind the fact that all participants are full-time employees with signficant commitments on and off campus. To the degree that they are able, participants are encouraged to substitute participation in an ICP event for another professional development opportunity they might ordinarily attend. In addition to the four-day opening and closing events, participants will attend an 8-day international immersion trip and some form of Ignatian retreat, the time commitment of which will vary depending on which option is chosen. The online workshops are designed to encompass a total of 8-10 hours of work over the course of three weeks (thus with an average of 3 hours per week). There will be two workshops per semester, spaced three weeks apart.
I have led a student immersion experience to El Salvador. Do I need to go on another?
Yes, unless you have also been on a week-long international immersion experience with peers. As you can imagine, the experience of being with one’s peers is signficantly different.
I cannot make the opening Orientation event, but I really want to participate. May I somehow participate?
Unfortunately, not in the current cohort. The information that you will get and the sense of community that you will experience are foundational for a successful experience in the program. We encourage you to confer with your campus coordinator about joining the next cohort.
I’m a somewhat of a techno-phobe. The thought of the technology involved in the online courses courses worry me. Am I going to be alright?
We will do our best to help you with the technology, which we hope you will find is fairly user-friendly. We begin gently and are very patient. We also encourage you to make use of your own local technology wizards. As long as you have access to a high speed Internet connection and the appropriate basic software, you should be all set.
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