Lives of Commitment is a first year program for students who volunteer weekly and meet regularly to reflect on what it takes to lead a committed life.
Senior Keystone is a program that creates intentional space for seniors to explore the transition out of college. It is a place to join together academics with bigger questions of meaning and purpose to further one’s capacity for self-knowledge and ethical practice.
- Audience: Lives of Commitment (LOC) is for 35 first year students and includes 10 sophomore leaders.
- When: LOC participants attend a 4-day retreat that takes place just before new student orientation. During the school year they volunteer 3-5 hours per week and the group meets regularly for reflection.
- Frequency: There is a large group meeting to explore a theme around commitment once a month and a small reflection circle facilitated by a staff or faculty mentor that is also monthly. Twice a semester a Saturday trip is offered to explore a Twin Cities neighborhood or a social issue in more depth with a reflection component that follows. Senior Keystone meets every other week for reflection sessions and hosts a spring break retreat.
- Approximate Number of Participants: LOC includes 35 first years and 10 sophomore leaders. Senior Keystone selects 15-20 seniors.
- Focus of program: Lives of Commitment engages a select group of first-year students in intentional reflection on issues of social justice, ethical and spiritual commitments, and the integration of values into one’s life’s work. Students participate in weekly service work as part of a small group at one of seven nonprofit organizations that support immigrant and refugee communities and children's literacy. The community gathers for large and small group reflection on leading lives of commitment in our complex world. Sessions explore key ingredients to living a committed life, such as belonging, compassion, courage, and motivations for service.
Funding & Operations
- External Support: None