Events, Programs and Leadership Development

The University fosters leadership development through a variety of experiences intentionally designed to inform and enhance a personal and collective understanding of Barry’s Mission and Core Commitments. As Catholic institutions prepare for a diminishing presence of men and women vowed religious, it is important to consider how mission in the Dominican tradition will be cultivated on our campuses. Developing tomorrow’s leaders becomes critical to achieving the goal of creating and sustaining the vision and mission of the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in these annual activities, events, lectures, luncheon and mission trips.

  • Founders’ Week commemorates Barry’s history, mission, Catholic identity, and Dominican heritage. During this week, Barry remembers our founders: Mother Mary Gerald Barry, Bishop Patrick Barry, Monsignor William Barry, John Thompson, and the Adrian Dominican Sisters for whom Barry is a sponsored institution. We celebrate the pride we have in our university at this annual event. www.barry.edu/foundersweek
  • Earth Day is celebrated across the global community. Barry University joins this celebration annually, in furthering our mission that calls us “to recognize the sacredness of Earth, and to engage in meaningful efforts toward social change.” The BEST committee organizes activities, presentations, movie screenings, and a vendor fair to create awareness among students, faculty, and staff about ways to change behaviors to protect the planet and secure a sustainable future.
  • Peace Month is a month long celebration of Barry’s commitment to “foster peace and non-violence.” Programs and events are co-sponsored by the Office of Mission Engagement, Campus Ministry, Center for Community Service Initiatives, Athletics, De Porres Center for Ethical Leadership, Center for Student Involvement, Student Government Association, and the Sociology & Criminology clubs
  • Mission Luncheons/Workshops are held at least twice a year. These luncheons offer foundational as well as advanced opportunities to further participants’ knowledge about Barry’s historical connection to its Catholic tradition, Dominican heritage, and Adrian Dominican foundation as a University. Resources
  • Fanjeaux France Summer Experience This international study experience brings together faculty, administrators, students, and staff from U.S. Dominican schools in the medieval hilltop town where St. Dominic's vision of an order devoted to seeking and sharing the truth took shape from 1206 to 1216. Mornings are spent in study, afternoons in excursions to historic sites in southern France with a focus on places significant in the early history of the Order of Preachers. As a community of learners, we enjoy simple living and good meals at the Belvedere, a Dominican guest-house.This program concludes with four nights in Paris. In their three-credit course, "France in the Middle Ages," students learn about the history, philosophy, art, and literature of the period, both in class and on field trips. In their seminar, faculty, and staff explore the Dominican vision of higher education emerging from the intellectual traditions of the Order of Preachers, particularly as they relate to theology, social justice, and the arts. Together they discuss contemporary challenges on their campuses. If you need additional information, contact Greta Moncayo at 305-899-4582.
  • Adrian Dominican Sponsorship Conference This biennial conference seeks to foster a greater awareness and appreciation for what it means to be a Sponsored Institution of the Adrian Dominican Sisters and how their values influence Barry’s Mission. Every other year, Barry’s President invites a group of faculty and staff to attend the conference held at the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse in Adrian, Michigan. The conference is planned by the Sponsorship Commission of the Adrian Dominican Sisters and is made up of representatives from each institution. Participating institutions include Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida;; Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, Illinois; Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida; Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan; Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California; and St. Rose Dominican Hospitals in Henderson, Nevada; and from six literacy centers: Adrian Rea in Adrian, Aquinas in Chicago, DePorres Place in West Palm Beach, Dominican and Siena in Detroit, and New Life in Flint, Michigan. Sisters who serve at the Motherhouse also participate. If you are interested in knowing more about this conference, please contact Roxanne Davies at 305-899-4583.
    Sponsorship Conference News
  • Dominican Colloquium Held biennially, the Dominican Colloquium draws attendees from Dominican colleges and universities to gather in the spirit of Dominican identity, friendship, and collaboration. The conference explores a broad spectrum of Dominican philosophy as applied to higher education. Barry was honored to host the colloquium in the summer of 2010. The next Dominican Colloquium will be held in June 2014 at Molloy College in New York. Selected Barry faculty and staff attend as a professional development opportunity as well as serve as presenters. If you are interested in more information, please contact Patricia Ramlow at 305-899-3437.
  • Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education (IACHE) Each July, the Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education hosts a four-day seminar providing a singular opportunity for administrators and leaders at Catholic colleges and universities. Attendees from around the globe interact with some of the nation’s most outstanding scholars and practitioners as they address issues that Catholic higher education faces on a daily basis. The institute is held at Boston College. Each summer at least one Barry staff, faculty, or administrator attends the institute as a professional development opportunity and represents Barry with other professionals in Catholic higher education. If you are interested in more information, please contact Roxanne Davies at 305-899-4583.
  • Law School Mission Service Project Since 2006, the Law School annually selects 10-12 student applicants to participate in a Mission Service Project. This opportunity is offered for a week between the spring and summer terms. Students are placed as volunteers with legal agencies and organizations serving communities of need. Sites are selected by priority of need and the availability of licensed attorneys to supervise the students. Two faculty members serve as mentors and supervisors. The Mission Service Project is an initiative of the Mission Effectiveness Committee and the Law School Office of Mission Engagement.
  • Barry CARES Annual Conference The Barry CARES Initiative operationalizes the University’s mission by embracing civil and respectful faculty, staff, and student interactions and behaviors. The Office of Mission Engagement, in collaboration with Human Resources, designs the Annual Barry CARES Conference to provide professional development in the areas of leadership, continuous improvement, teamwork, communication, and professionalism while emphasizing the Barry CARES Core Service Standards.
  • Mission Orientation Programs
    • New Faculty and Staff Orientation
      The Office of Mission Engagement hosts the morning portion of this monthly program where Barry's mission, history, strategic priorities, and service expectations are discussed with our new faculty and staff. These new members of the Barry community are introduced to the governing structure of the University in a fun, interactive, and team-oriented format. The afternoon is hosted by the Human Resources Department, which covers employee benefits and important university policies and procedures.
    • Refresher Mission Orientation Program
      Each month, at the New Faculty and Staff Orientation Program, a mission discussion is held with the newest members of the Barry community. Faculty and staff hired before 2008 are encouraged to attend this portion of the orientation to revisit the University's Mission, Vision, and Core Commitments as part of their ongoing professional development.
    • Student Mission Presentations
      Student presentations on mission are given at the request from specific departments. Each year, the Office of Mission Engagement presents to graduate students in the School of Nursing, Cardiovascular Perfusion students, and many others. Resident Assistants and Orientation Leaders are also given presentation on the mission and history during their summer training by the Office of Mission Engagement in collaboration with the Office of Campus Ministry.

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