Formative Education Series

Boston College is proud to launch a workshop series for corporations and organizations constructed around the unique mission and talents of our diverse community. In this period of crisis during and following the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations are facing multiple simultaneous challenges: gaining and sustaining market share; managing employees; enhancing productivity; motivating employees and managers; dealing with losses related to the disease and to unemployment; and developing visible and effective corporate social responsibility.  

At Boston College, we draw on the 500-year-old Jesuit approach to education that reinforces formative education—the guided development of the whole person toward a life of meaning and purpose. We’re working to help adults develop not just as intellectual and civic people, but also as emotional, social, ethical, and spiritual beings.
Stanton E. F. Wortham, Charles F. Donovan, S.J., Dean, Lynch School of Education and Human Development



Upcoming Workshops

Dignity at Work: Purposeful Formation in the post-COVID Organization

One consequence of the COVID crisis is a growing focus on the dignity of work across the full organizational workforce. This workshop introduces techniques for enhancing dignity at work and shows how enhancing dignity can help with these current challenges. Dignity at work refers to how people are perceived and valued in the workplace.  Informed by expertise in formative education and The Psychology of Working (Routledge) by Lynch School Professor David Blustein, this workshop describes new approaches to enhancing the dignity of an organization’s mission, human resources, and talent management.

The workshop covers three interrelated aspects of organizational life that can be tailored to the needs and climate of each client. Participants will explore how the enhancement of formative purpose, developing a sense of purpose that encompasses the full scope of an individual’s values and goals, within the workplace can enhance dignity, and thereby increase organizational cohesion, productivity, and performance.  This workshop will culminate in the participants developing a project that can be used in their organizations to foster purposeful and dignified change in the work environment of this era. 

Learning Goals

In this workshop, participants will learn the following:

·       How enhancing dignity at work can help organizations respond to multiple challenges in the post COVID-19 era.

·       What dignity at work looks like in corporate settings.

·       How to apply formative education to the world of work.

·       How formative education can enrich the dignity of employees and managers.

·       New ways to develop wholeness and purpose in order to enrich the lives of employees and the productivity of an organization.

·       How to develop a tailored project that applies the ideas and techniques from this workshop to the unique needs of the organization.



3.5 hours
Online, In-person, or Hybrid

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Program Faculty & Expertise

Stanton Wortham

Dr. Stanton E. F. Wortham is the inaugural Charles F. Donovan, S.J., Dean at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Stanton Wortham is a linguistic anthropologist and educational ethnographer with a particular expertise in how identities develop in human interactions. Stanton has served as an Academic Director for Wharton Executive Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author or editor of nine books and more than 80 articles and chapters that cover a range of topics including linguistic anthropology, discourse analysis, “learning identity”, and education in the new Latino diaspora.

David Blustein

Dr. David Blustein is a Professor and Duganne Faculty Fellow at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. While his research spans many areas—from poverty and oppression to culture and counseling—David Blustein’s study of the roles of work in psychological functioning has transformed counseling and vocational psychology. His expertise also includes unemployment, decent work, precarious work, relationships and work, the future of work, STEM career development for marginalized high school students, and other aspects of the radically changing world of labor. He has consulted with the International Labor Organization, United Nations Development Program, and OECD on issues pertaining to education, work, and obstacles to decent and dignified work. David has written and edited two books on the psychology of working and has recently published The Importance of Work in an Age of Uncertainty: The Eroding Work Experience in America.

Belle Liang

Dr. Belle Liang is a Professor and incoming Chair of the Counseling and Developmental Psychology Department the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. She is an expert in the field of mentoring. Her research focuses on the qualities of mentoring that cultivate purpose in young people. She is the faculty director of the True North Project, a curriculum and a web-based application engaging people and organizations in the systematic promotion of purpose-directed lives. She is also a licensed psychologist and advisor for a number of organizations that serve youth. Dr. Liang has published over 80 scientific journal articles and book chapters on mentoring and relational health, and a co-authored book on community development. She is currently working on a book (to be published by St. Martin’s Press) on Purpose Mindset: The New Science of Navigating School, Career, & Life.

Bryan Dik

Dr. Bryan Dik is a Professor at Colorado State University. He is the co-founder and Chief Science Officer of jobZology, a software and services company that helps students, job-seekers, and organizations pursue purposeful work. Bryan’s research examines meaning and purpose in the workplace, calling and vocation in career development, and the intersection of faith and work. He has consulted with more than a dozen organizations, has published four books (including Redeeming Work and Make Your Job a Calling), and hosts the Purposeful Work Podcast.

Boston College is committed to formative education. As a Jesuit, Catholic university and a leader in the liberal arts, we view formative education as being central to our mission.

Formation in Action

Boston College is committed to formative education. As a Jesuit, Catholic university and a leader in the liberal arts, we view formative education as being central to our mission.

Formation in Action