Mission and Identity Programs


Assuring the Future Mission and Identity of Xavier


AFMIX is Xavier University's flagship professional development program focusing on the mission and identity of the University. It is a 2-year program for faculty, staff, and administrators of any religious affiliation, or none at all.

Weekly sessions during the academic year (not during breaks or Summer) include presentations and discussions on Jesuit history, Ignatian spirituality, and the pedagogy and education that grew out of that spirituality. Each cohort will also experience the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in a small group format. The program concludes with colleagues from around the University sharing how they have incorporated these values and principles into their work.


Tuesday Cohort for Faculty and Staff Working on Xavier's Main Campus: In-person sessions are held at the Center for Mission and Identity on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:30 p.m. beginning August 29, 2023. 

Wednesday Cohort for Faculty and Staff Working Remotely or who teach on Tuesdays: This remote AFMIX cohort will be held on Zoom on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:30 p.m. beginning August 30, 2023. The remote option is primarily for faculty and staff who:

  • Work in a location other than Xavier’s main campus (ABSN Cleveland/Columbus, admissions recruiters in other states and countries, employees who work remotely, etc.)
  • Work on Xavier’s main campus but work remotely on Tuesdays and cannot attend the in-person program.
  • Teach on Tuesdays and cannot attend the in-person program.
  • Are immunosuppressed and cannot be in groups of people.
  • Have a regular, on-going scheduling conflict on Tuesdays that would not be able to regularly attending the in-person program.


The in-person Tuesday cohort is now full. Please register for the Wednesday remote option:


The AFMIX Leadership Team:
AFMIX is planned and facilitated by the AFMIX Leadership Team, a volunteer group of AFMIX graduates who focus on improving the program experience to help faculty, staff, and administrators deeply embed Xavier's mission into their work.  Members of the Xavier community who currently serve on the AFMIX Leadership Team are:

  • Chris Barbour, College of Professional Sciences, AFMIX X graduate
  • Ellen Heekin, Economics, AFMIX XI graduate
  • Chike Erokwu, Marketing and Communications, AFMIX XII graduate
  • Deanna Jenkins, Nursing, AFMIX XII graduate
  • Megan Kickbush, University Library, AFMIX XI graduate
  • Supaporn Kradtap-Hartwell, Chemistry, AFMIX X graduate
  • Jim McCann, S.J., Mission and Identity; Political Science, Honorary AFMIX graduate
  • Nathan Ray, Veteran and Military Family Center, AFMIX XI graduate
  • Douglas Riga, Institutional Research, AFMIX VI graduate
  • Joe Shadle, Mission and Identity, AFMIX V graduate
  • Angela Wyss, Student-Athlete Academic Support, AFMIX IX graduate

For a list of all AFMIX participants, click here.

Goals of the Program:

  • To facilitate an increased understanding of the Jesuit identity of the University and the importance that continued identity has to the success of our university mission
  • To create a deeper sense of meaning and purpose in one's work and career
  • To engage and be engaged by others in this purpose of mission for one's personal growth as well as the success of the university
  • To join past participants of AFMIX in a campus-wide network of Ignatian leaders

Composition of the Program:  

  • Offered on Tuesdays from 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
  • Feel free to bring your lunch
  • 10-13 sessions per semester
  • No meetings during breaks or summer

Semester Themes:

  • Fall 1: Jesuit History, Spirituality, and Education
  • Spring 1: Theological Foundations for Spirituality
  • Fall 2: Small Group Experience of the Spiritual Exercises
  • Spring 2: Living the Mission at Xavier University

A meaningful AFMIX experience requires:

  • Regular attendance
  • Some preparation time each week
  • Time for reflection

A Bit of History:

Photo of Fr. George Traub AFMIX was first conceived in 1998 by Fr. George Traub, first director of Ignatian Programs, and the Ignatian Programs Committee. AFMIX was begun in the Fall of 1999 with a cohort of 23 participants.

While its topics and materials have been revised over the years, the AFMIX program has continued on campus since that time and without interruption. There have been 10 cohorts with more than 300 graduates, the majority of whom still work at Xavier.

AFMIX graduates reflect on their experience with the AFMIX program and how that experience has shaped their lives and work here at Xavier University:


For more AFMIX reflections, click here.

Comments from past participants:

  • "I have not so much learned something, as become engaged and enthusiastic about the things I have learned. I have a deep wish to pass this experience on to others here at Xavier."
  • "My participation in AFMIX has helped me to be a better "me" - as an XU employee and interpersonally."
  • "AFMIX has provided me with a great opportunity to strengthen spiritual ties with Xavier and the XU family. The Jesuit influence has become for me a more significant basis for my daily works. AFMIX is an experience that should not be a missed opportunity."
  • "AFMIX has been a wonderful experience. It has awakened a new awareness in me. Everyday encounters I look at with new respect. I see the Ignatian spirit alive at Xavier and outside of Xavier. It truly has been a blessing to be part of it!"

Kudos to the Program:

  • "In the creation of leaders, AFMIX provides a deep understanding of the University mission, Ignatian formation, Ignatian spirituality, and Jesuit values." - Fr. Dan McDonald S.J., Provincial Assistant for Jesuit Higher Education, USA Midwest Province
  • The Assuring the Future Mission and Identity of Xavier program (AFMIX) was named an exceptional program by Fr. Greg Lucey, S.J., President of the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities. - Connections, Jan. 2013

AFMIX is supported by a generous gift from Phil '68 and Beth '74 Gasiewicz.