I-LEAD over an image of the parkland activist in the march for our lives

Over the past few years we have witnessed a global crisis in leadership and the current COVID-19 pandemic reveals the lack of vision and skills of those in power to create a just society for all.  The urgent need to form citizens who look beyond the limits of their privileges, through inclusivity and solidarity, that become "magis" students, that is to say, those who seek "the most and the best" for the common good of our societies and Common Home, especially those who have been systematically violated. As Fr. Luis Ugalde, S.J., said "we do not want to form successful professionals for failed societies". 

With this in mind we are excited to present the I-LEAD program!  I-LEAD stands for the Ignatian Leaders Engaging in Action and Discernment. It is a USF created leadership program based on the Ignatian Pedagogy (context, experience, reflection, action and evaluation) for undergraduate students at USF, but also students from other Jesuit Universities in the world.

The mission of the I-LEAD program is to form conscious, critical, competent, compassionate and committed leaders, based on Ignatian spirituality and pedagogy, with the aim of transforming the structures of society, through discernment, action, evaluation and the use of practical tools. 

What will you learn?

  • Learn the aspects that make up an Ignatian leader who looks to the common good of societies, through the integration of dialogue, participation of the actors involved, critical thinking and committed action.  
  • Gain a general knowledge of the Society of Jesus, Ignatian spirituality and pedagogy. 
  • Develop a critical awareness of the global and local context in which they are immersed, from the perspective of social justice and equity.  
  • Learn methodologies for decision making through community dialogue, teamwork and solidarity processes.
  • Develop professional skills for effective communication, advocacy skills, project management skills, from an ethical and collaborative perspective.
  • Evaluate the implementation of their knowledge, skills and leadership, in order to promote team feedback and improvement in decision making. 
  • Meet and work with students from Jesuit Universities around the world.

How is it structured?

I-LEAD will consist of six monthly sessions, starting in October 2020. Meetings will happen synchronically online, with asynchronous activities, and resources. There will be an international collaboration with foreign students and the participation of our local and international partners. The following contents will be addressed: 

  • Ignatian Leadership & Pedagogy
  • Analysis of reality & Critical Thinking 
  • Community Engagement 
  • Digital activism 
  • Art Activism 
  • Fundraising & Project Advocacy 
  • Ignatian Discernment & decision making