As Jesuit, Catholic universities, we are called in mission to form women and men who will engage in solidarity with those on the margins in our own local communities and in the wider world-in essence, to answer the call from Pope Francis and our Jesuit tradition to take on the "globalization of indifference" through attentiveness to the poor and vulnerable.
We are also challenged to become inclusive learning communities on our own campuses for students and colleagues from increasingly diverse backgrounds, with particular attention to how we address problems of economic access to the education we hope to provide.
Ultimately, the economic and social challenges that face our world and our students also face our universities as we struggle with rising costs, financial accessibility for many of our students and families, and demands that we become more responsive to the marketplace in our offerings.
Given rising costs and limited budgets, in 2015 the Heartland-Delta colleges and universities will hold a "virtual" conference making use of technology and social media. Rockhurst University is taking the lead on this "first-of-its-kind" Heartland-Delta conference. The participating colleges and universities will share a common opening, brief pre-recorded videos, small group discussions with colleagues from their own institution, and shared responses from other Heartland-Delta institutions.
We hope that you can join us!