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Retreat for Student Leaders

Retreat for Student Leaders

During the October break Arrupe Assistant Dean for Student Success, Eric Immel, S.J., and faculty member Megan Kelly led a two-day leadership retreat for nineteen Arrupe students at Loyola University Chicago’s Retreat and Ecology Center (LUREC).

Students that are interested in leadership and active in one of several of the student organizations at Arrupe, such as Student Government, the Dreamers and Allies Student Organization (DASO), the Brotherhood Club and the Sisterhood Club, participated in the retreat.   The facilitators used Chris Lowney’s book, Heroic Leadership, as the guiding framework for the retreat.  This book focuses on the leadership principles that have guided the Society of Jesus for over 450 years: self-awareness, ingenuity, love and heroism.

The retreat included both freshmen and sophomore students.  Sophomore Erika Casillas participated in the retreat and felt that it was truly transformative.  She explained, “As soon as we got there everyone jumped in right away and started doing the activities. We were not afraid! This retreat really helped me take risks, believe in myself and try things that I thought I would never do.” 

Immel remarked that this experiential learning opportunity coupled well with the work that students are doing in the classroom and included small group work, presentations, self-reflection exercises and prayer. He remarked, “I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to student development in this way and found that Arrupe College students are hungry for and capable of engaging in high level leadership.”