Through a bridge grant provided from Catholic Extension and the Hilton Family Foundation, the James A. Woods College of Advancing Studies (WCAS) at Boston College offered educational opportunities to 36 Latin American Sisters who resided in the United States for a five-year placement in various economically disadvantaged dioceses. Each of these women had the opportunity to visit Boston College twice in the past two years to complete courses and enjoy each other’s fellowship and community. The hope of Catholic Extension and Hilton was that these educational experiences would prepare the Sisters for leadership roles within their diocesan placement, and for future leadership work upon their return to their home country. Many of these Sisters returned home to become Mother Superiors or to take on senior leadership roles, with a significant increase in managerial duties bestowed upon them.
The first cohort of eleven of the 36 Sisters graduated from the Woods College’s Master of Science in Applied Leadership Studies (MSAL) program in May 2019, read the article about graduation here.
With a foundation in research methods and data analysis, finance, project management, communications, and applied ethics in the Jesuit tradition, the Master of Science in Applied Leadership Studies is a 10-course program designed to prepare individuals to be principled leaders in their ministry roles. Additionally, through this program, students gain skills in the application of innovative strategy and decision-making in complex social, political, and communal environments. The program is built around a robust set of domains including corporate communication and marketing, executive leadership and organizational development, human resources management, and project management. The courses are a combination of online and hybrid offerings and a blend of English and Spanish content. The Human and Organizational Behavior course, offered in September 2018, took place in Rome through various institutional partnerships. Learn more about this special course.
This program represents the deep investment that Boston College has in nourishing Catholic leaders to better serve the Church with its particular and evolving needs in the 21st Century.