The success of the Wild Hope Project rests, in good measure, with faculty mentors who engage their students with questions of meaning and purpose – in the classroom, during a casual conversation, through faculty-student collaborative research, over a cup of coffee in the Commons, or by speaking at Wild Hope event.
Rooted in the conviction that purposeful learning shapes purposeful living in a complex world, the Wild Hope Project asks faculty to consider these dimensions of the Project rooted in the liberal arts foundation of PLU’s educational mission:
- An education that is sensitive to the intellectual and affective development of students
- An education that welcomes questions of purpose, faith, and meaning
- An education that is focused on service in the world
Wild Hope provides a range of opportunities for faculty to reflect on their own vocation of teaching in this university through faculty study seminars, a number of workshops sponsored in conjunction with the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, an annual advising retreat, coordination and preparation for service learning in university courses, Wild Hope sponsored lectures, semi-annual gatherings for staff and faculty alumni of study seminars, and participation in the annual Meant To Live conference and Explore! Retreat.