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Intersections: journeys, callings, decisions

Intersections is an office that helps Boston College faculty and staff explore the Jesuit and Catholic mission of the University. While the BC mission statement is eloquent and profound, it needs to be discussed periodically by the professors and administrators who bring it to life. The goals of Intersections are to engage faculty and staff with the mission and to foster a spirit of university citizenship that strengthens the institution.

We offer seminars, retreats, and international immersion trips for faculty and staff. Participants reflect on questions with colleagues from different departments and offices. And in some cases by traveling away from campus for retreats and immersion trips, they gain perspective on their work and talk freely about the rewards and challenges of academic life.

Through the years, participants have commented on their experiences with Intersections. They appreciate the chance to deepen their engagement with the university mission. But they also enjoy the lively conversations, the new relationships, and the opportunities to reflect on their work.

Here are some of their comments after specific programs:

"I learned about the history of the Jesuits and the mission of Boston College and it strengthened my sense of ownership of BC as an institution and a community."

"It helped to discuss what the Ignatian tradition really means from a faculty and staff perspective."

"I gained a deeper understanding of my role at Boston College and what it means to be part of Catholic, Jesuit education."

"The program gave me open and honest discussions about teaching, mentoring, and education. It also brought interesting conversations about life."

"It is wonderful to share ideas, discuss conceptual research, and hone my personal perspective in collaboration with other faculty and staff."

"Intersections is an opportunity to interact with faculty and staff that I would never have working in ‘my silo of specialization.'"

"I still profit from contact with colleagues I met through Intersections."

"It provides a common language for talking with students about our institutional purpose."

"It is a significant influence in helping me negotiate teaching, research, and service."

"Intersections is truly one of the most critical and meaningful experiences in my tenure at BC."