The PAVE working group includes teams of faculty and administrators from Boston College, Bowdoin College, Dartmouth College, Harvard College, Smith College, and the University of Richmond. Each of these institutions was invited to join the working group because of demonstrated interest in the goals of the PAVE project, namely that the institution already offers programming that aims for students to consider their values and purpose. The intent of the working group is to identify ‘best practices’ and ‘best programs’ that promote students’ moral education. For the purposes of this project, we have considered moral education as any effort, in part or whole, that:
- Enables students to evaluate, refine, and practice their personal values and morals;
- Encourages students to discern the meaning and purpose of their lives;
- Engages students in regular conversation and reflection about the values of their community;
- Promotes conversation with students about their future personal and career paths with an emphasis on living authentically and with purpose; and/or,
- Offers students structured learning and reflection opportunities following sustained public service activity.
The working group convened at Harvard College in Cambridge, MA five times over the course of 2015.