Community Reflection Prepares the Ateneo Community for 2013 Elections

To prepare the different sectors of the Ateneo de Davao community for a more informed decision regarding the national and local elections in May of 2013, the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (Arrupe) in partnership with the Ignatian Spirituality and Formation Office (ISFO), and in collaboration with the Office of the Academic Vice President (AVP), conducted a community reflection session on 19th January at F-711 and F-712. The one-day session gathered together university stakeholders representing different sectors of the academic community, providing them a common venue for expressing their individual and collective understanding of the sociopolitical, economic, cultural and environmental realities of the day. In the overall scheme, the whole-day exercise was intended to provide a platform for articulating the participants’ reflections on engaged citizenship especially in the context of exercising their right of suffrage. The AVP Fr. Gabriel Jose (“Gaby”) Gonzalez, SJ, Ms. Lilibeth Leh-Arcena and Mr. Ian Clark Parcon of the Arrupe, and Mr. Elvi Tamayo of ISFO, took turns in facilitating the whole-day activity.

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Club Leaders and Moderators Undergo Training Workshop for Blue Vote 2013

As an offshoot of the community reflection session given to administrators, faculty and students on 19th January, the Office of Students Affairs (OSA) represented by Ms. Theresa Salaver-Eliab, in tandem with the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (Arrupe) represented by Ms. Lilibeth Leh-Arcena, and in collaboration with the Ignatian Spirituality and Formation Office (ISFO) through Mr. Elvi C. Tamayo and the Office of the Academic Vice-President (AVP) through Fr. Gabriel Jose “Gaby” Gonzalez, SJ, conducted on 2nd February a whole-day training workshop to club leaders and moderators on the upcoming May 2013 local and national elections.

This special session, which is part of the university’s wider engagement called Blue Vote 2013, intended to provide a formative venue for the different clubs to reflect on their participation and engagement in the promotion of electoral and political education among its club members. In concrete terms, this activity was crafted as a response to an action plan of the student cluster (a recognized sectoral grouping of the first community reflection conducted for administrators, faculty and students), represented by the OSA and the Ateneo Center for Leadership (ACL).

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