Community Conference Sparks Inquiry and Reflection

Faculty and staff were challenged to answer questions about purpose, relationships and mission.

Just days prior to the start of the 2017-18 academic year, Ursinus College faculty and staff gathered in Upper Wismer for a day of inquiry and reflection during the annual Community Conference on the Core Curriculum.

It included special readings, panel discussions and small group conversations about topics of personal meaning, including how faculty and staff—as a community—talk about diversity, class and more. The series of meaningful, but informal conversations were designed to engage all members of the community and to help us meet, understand, and respect one another.

Conversations focused on the importance of relationships while deliberately engaging across difference, and related to the Ursinus strategic plan and new core curriculum.

During his opening remarks at the conference, President Brock Blomberg reflected on the accomplishments of the past year, as well as the four questions of the core curriculum: What should matter to me? How should we live together? How can we understand the world? What will I do?

“I invite all of you to slow down—briefly—to think about our accomplishments and how together we will enhance the Ursinus experience for another generation of students,” Blomberg said. “Because that’s what we need to be thinking, right now. We can only do that through strengthening our community.”

Each member of the college community can play a role in cultivating answers to those core questions, Blomberg said, inviting each to consider their own personal answers to the questions during the conference. —By Ed Moorhouse