The Latinx Discernment Workshop

The Latinx Discernment, Calling, and Vocation workshop provides space for a small group of Latinx graduate students from HSP sponsoring schools to critically reflect on their strengths, the needs of their communities, their goals and desires, and how these inform their next steps after graduate school.

Started with funding from the Forum for Theological Exploration, the Latinx Discernment Workshop was created in response to the profound gaps in vocational resources and the yearnings of our Latinx graduate students. As carefully documented by scholar Dr. Patrick Reyes, resources on vocation are often written from a White, majority perspective that fails to account for the ways Brown and Black communities are systemically underserved. As Dr. Reyes notes in The Purpose Gap, dominant vocational resources do not begin from the communal, systemic, and historical question: “How do you thrive when the world sees you as a problem?” (2). The Latinx Discernment Workshop explicitly begins from this question.

We do so by rooting conversations about vocation within the context of student’s community, being honest of the ways Latinx thriving is explicitly tied to the thriving of minoritized communities writ large, and practically and tangibly leading Latinx graduate students through exercises that situate their skills to the needs of their community in a way that is sustainable.

The HSP has thus far hosted two Latinx Discernment Workshops, serving thirty students. During our workshops we’ve had students affirm a switch in their post-graduation trajectory, pursue leadership in their community, their faith tradition, and/or the academy, build a horizontal network among their cohort that has led to continued community well beyond the Workshop. These outcomes have made plain that our students need intentional spaces to discern their next steps and that these spaces must begin and end in our communities.

We are clear that these workshops oriented towards discernment empower and equip our community well beyond the three days they spend with the HSP.

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