Virtual Ignatian Inquiry Sessions

Virtual Ignatian Inquiry Sessions

The JSN is eager to encourage a spirit of inquiry across the many layers of our work in Jesuit education. With our Virtual Ignatian Inquiry Sessions we seek to promote content-based resources for the schools and tell the stories of our schools and the educators in them. 

Recent Session:

Monday, November 21 at 3 p.m. ET

Coming of Age in 2022: Leveraging Research and Development to Foster Young People’s Restoration and Thriving.

Drawing on his own research and broader trends, Dr. Velez will share about the current landscape in research and thinking on what young people are going through given the complexities of the last few years. Much of the conversation around young people has been about the crises and challenges they face. While the struggles are real, Dr. Velez will highlight some ways that young people are describing how they make sense and are coping, with implications for how Ignatian educators can think about responding and supporting them. The presentation will thus center on two main questions: 1) how do we put things back together in ways that are better than before, and how do we help kids restore their sense of wellbeing? This conversation will be of interest to all leadership, faculty and staff across the Provinces who are called to support students.

About the Speaker

Dr. Gabriel Velez, PhD, is an assistant professor and developmental psychologist in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership in the College of Education at Marquette University. He also serves as the Faculty Director of the Black and Latino/Latina Ecosystem and Support Transition Hub at Marquette, and the Chair of the Faculty Research Team for the Center for Peacemaking. Dr. Velez studies identity development in adolescents, particularly in relation to educational experiences and transitions. He has collaborated extensively with schools and nonprofit educational organizations in Milwaukee and Colombia, including consulting and overseeing implementation and evaluation of restorative justice and peace education.   He was recently awarded a Spencer Foundation Small Research grant to study Black and Latino/Latina students perceptions and meaning making of school-based restorative justice. Dr. Velez’s published works include a co-edited volume Restorative Justice: Promoting Peace and Wellbeing and a current book in development entitled Making Meaning of Justice and Peace: A Developmental Lens to Restorative Justice and Peace Education with Cambridge University Press.

Recorded Virtual Ignatian Inquiry Sessions