This I (May) Believe: Bringing Honorable Closure to my Georgetown Experience

Bridge Courses

  • Bridge Courses 2021

  • UNXD

Why Take This Course?​

This seminar will provide students the opportunity to explore the core beliefs that guide their daily lives, and how their backgrounds and life experiences influenced and shaped the beliefs they hold today.  Utilizing Jesuit values as our foundation, this course will examine students’ formation process throughout their Georgetown career within the context of their daily lives. Students will be challenged to contemplate “Where They Are From,” connecting this journey to the larger construct of power and privilege. The course will conclude with students (re)developing “This I Believe,” in order to articulate to themselves and other persons the core of who they and who they aspire to be

Registration opens in MyAccess at 3 PM on Monday, November 30 for all seniors.

Fr. Jerry Hayes, S.J., is the Director of Ignatian Programs in the Office of Mission and Ministry. After studying Communications and Marketing at the California State University-Sacramento, Fr. Hayes entered the Society of Jesus in 1994. He earned a B.A. in philosophy at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and went on to teach theology and serve as an assistant campus minister at Loyola High School in Los Angeles. Fr. Hayes continued his theological studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, receiving an M.Div. in 2007 and was ordained a Catholic priest that same year. Upon ordination, he returned to Loyola High School in Los Angeles to serve as the Director of Campus Ministry. Today, Fr. Hayes divides his time on campus providing spiritual direction to the Georgetown community and leading retreats that engage participants in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Christopher Barth has been with Georgetown University since the summer of 2014, serving as a Community Director for the Ryan Hall and Freedom Hall Residential Academy and Village C East communities. Christopher also collaborates with professional staff to further development and implement co-curricular learning initiatives and strategies for our department. He is passionate about social justice and inclusion & international and comparative education.

Joan B. Riley, MS, MSN, FNP-BC, FAAN is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Human Science at the School of Nursing and Health Studies (NHS). She also serves as the Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation at NHS and as Senior Scholar in the Center for New Design in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). In 2009, she was named the District of Columbia Teacher of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. In 2011, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She has taught at Georgetown for more than 30 years and works with faculty across disciplines to integrate wellness issues into their courses in the Engelhard Project.