November 19, 2013
Hampden-Sydney College has been awarded a Council of Independent Colleges - NetVUE Program Development Grant of $34,950 for a two-year program to expand and strengthen its current efforts in making vocational reflection a central part of the College’s culture. Vocational reflection is an exploration of what a person should be doing in order to live a meaningful life. Much broader than career planning, it includes decisions about family commitments and community service. Vocational reflection asks students what it will mean for them to be good men and good citizens.
Hampden-Sydney’s proposal was chosen from “an impressively wide range of demonstrably effective strategies” for enriching vocational reflection on campus, said Richard Ekman, President of the Council of Independent Colleges. With the grant, the College plans to conduct workshops for faculty and staff, bring resource people to campus, develop a working set of typologies for engaging students in vocational reflection, include the use of social media, and explore integrating vocational reflection into its freshman and sophomore advising programs. The result will be a new, shared understanding of vocation among faculty and staff, new and better ways of communicating about vocation, and the inculturation of vocational reflection throughout the College.
The Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) is a nationwide network of colleges and universities formed to enrich the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students. The initiative is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc. and members’ dues.