The Lasallian Education Mission: Challenges, Convictions, and Hopes

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Oct. 1-3, 2021

people sitting at tables listening to speaker

Twin Cities Campus

The 9th Annual International Symposium on Lasallian Research

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is looking forward to hosting the 9th annual International Symposium on Lasallian Research on its Twin Cities Campus. Given the fact that it was necessary to cancel the Symposium last year, there is a strong desire to gather in person this year. After consulting with representatives of the various regions, it is clear that international travel continues to be uncertain and may, in fact, not be possible. All who can safely attend the 2021 Symposium at Saint Mary’s on Oct. 1-3 are welcome! For those who cannot attend this year, we encourage you to engage with other Lasallian educators in your region as you are able to do so. We are requesting that each region prepare a recorded video presentation providing an update about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the schools in your region and what your current circumstances may suggest regarding research needs and possibilities. We plan to post these on the symposium website. More details and consultation about this process will be available to you via the contacts below. We already look forward to the 10th Symposium in 2022 at which time we hope to be able to host a truly international gathering.

The theme for the 2021 Symposium is adopted from the recent Declaration following the 45th General Chapter:

The Lasallian Education Mission: Challenges, Convictions, and Hopes.

Like the Declaration itself, it is our hope that this theme will “motivate and guide our educational work toward the future in response to the needs and challenges of today’s world.” We note our dedication to this mission. This symposium should highlight the contributions that Lasallian higher education is making toward these goals. With this gathering we also recognize and celebrate our commitment to association and acknowledge how challenging this has been during a pandemic. Please consider joining us even if you are not submitting a proposal.

The Call for Proposals for the 2021 Symposium is now open. Submissions can be focused on theoretical research and/or practice. Proposals may fall under the broad theme of the Symposium or more specifically, the following categories:

  • Leadership and Character
  • Inclusion and Human Dignity
  • Science, Health, and Sustainability
  • Lasallian Education and Pedagogy

Proposals should include a description of the paper of approximately 250 words. In addition to your name and contact information, the proposal should also include your institutional affiliation. Proposals should be sent as soon as possible; the deadline for submission is June 15. Notifications of acceptance will be sent no later than July 15. Proposals, as well as any questions regarding the Call for Proposals, may be directed to Jack McClure, Ph.D., and Michael Hahn, Ph.D., at Student presentations are encouraged but we suggest that students work with a faculty facilitator/mentor.

The registration fee includes meals during the Symposium. The fee structure for the 2021 is as follows:

  • $300 for individuals at institutions in the U.S.
  • $200 for individuals at institutions outside of the U.S.
  • $150 for students (undergraduate and graduate)

Lodging is not included in the registration fee. Participants of the Symposium are encouraged to book directly with Minneapolis Marriott City Center.

The aim of the 2021 Symposium is to bring together Lasallian educators from around the world as well as a range of disciplines to celebrate community, share research, and explore questions of importance. We particularly welcome proposals from teachers and other practitioners.

The 2021 Symposium is planned as an in-person event. We will continue to follow safety protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic and follow guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health.

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Minneapolis Marriott City Center
30 South 7th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Telephone: 612-349-4000
Fax: 612-332-7165

The Minneapolis Marriott City Center is tucked within the city's lively downtown district. The hotel is connected via the Minneapolis Skyway System of enclosed climate-controlled pedestrian footbridges to buildings throughout 80 city blocks in over 11 miles of downtown Minneapolis.

Christian Brothers Conference (CBC) Hotel Reservation Policy
The cost of a participant’s hotel room is the responsibility of the participant. By using the reservation link or calling in to make a reservation, you acknowledge and agree to the conditions of this policy.

Hotel reservations for the International Symposium on Lasallian Research may be made online using a dedicated booking website that has been created specifically for the event. Please click here to make, modify, or cancel your hotel reservation online. You may also make your reservation by phone using the following dedicated group reservations phone numbers:

*Reservations Toll-Free: 1-866-315-9403
*Reservations Local Phone: 1-612-349-4000

By using the Lasallian Research online reservations link or one of the above dedicated phone numbers, you will receive the discounted conference rate of $119 per person, per night, plus applicable tax and occupancy fees, currently 14.025% (group rate). This rate is available from Thursday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct. 3, based on availability. If you have any questions regarding your reservation, place a call to the reservations toll-free number listed above. All reservations must be accompanied by the first night’s room deposit or guaranteed by a major credit card. The hotel will not hold any reservations unless secured by one of these methods.

Reservation Cut-Off Date
The cut-off date to make a reservation in the Lasallian Research discounted room block is 5 p.m., Central Daylight Time (CDT), Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 (the cut-off date). Please be sure to book your room early. After Aug. 30 or if the block is sold out, the hotel will accept reservations on a space-available basis at the prevailing rate.

Check-in time starts at 4 p.m. and checkout time is noon.

Individual cancellation on guest rooms is to be made by 4 p.m., 72 hours prior to the check-in date. If a guest cancels after 4 p.m., 72 hours prior to check-in date, a cancellation fee of one night’s room and tax will be charged to the individual’s credit card on file.

Past Speakers

The 2019 symposium featured two keynote presentations:

Brother Andrés Govela, FSC, Internationally recognized leader in Lasallian higher education - "Reflections on the Role of Research in the Development of Lasallian Higher Education in Light of the Discourse of the Last Three Decades"

Peter Stemp, Associate Director, De La Salle Solidarietà Internazionale – ONLUS, Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, Rome, Italy - "Deepening Our Collaboration: De La Salle Solidarieta Internazionale and Lasallian Tertiary Institutions"

The 2018 symposium featured three keynote presentations:

Brother Louis DeThomasis, FSC, Ph.D., President Emeritus, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota - “From Chaos to Ethical Clarity: The Quest for Lasallian Higher Education in Today’s Global Society”

Carmelita Quebengco, AFSC, Ph.D., Consultant to the President and Chancellor Emeritus, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, “Conversations on Cross Institution Research”

Brother Cristhian Diaz, FSC, Ed.D., Principal, Gigante, Huila, Colombia, “Making Peace Possible: Grassroots Peacebuilding Leaders”

The 2017 symposium featured three keynote presentations:
Dr. Carlos Costa, dean of the School of Engineering at De La Salle University in Bogota, Colombia, spoke on the intersection of climate change, sustainable development, and how it relates to Lasallian higher education.
Dr. Olaf Gruess, technology manager and global connector, and Dr. Christine Nowakowski, principal scientist, both of General Mills, discussed research, entrepreneurship, nutrition, and philanthropic health practices of their company.
Tracy Adams, CEO of yourtown in Australia, spoke on the Lasallian mission and the dedication to serving children. Her organization attempts to break the cycle of disadvantaged youth through support, resources, and social services.
The 2016 symposium featured three keynote presentations:
Dr. Todd Reinhart, Saint Mary’s University dean of sciences and health professions, discussed his 15 years of research on HIV/AIDS and the Lasallian concern for people who don’t have access to resources to combat the disease. 
Dr. Melchor Victor G. Frias, vice chancellor for research at the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute in the Philippines, presented on the challenges and concerns of conducting Phase 1 of a clinical trial on a new drug for Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) among children. 
Dr. Judy A. Van Wyk, Department of Sociology & Anthropology at the University of Rhode Island, and Dr. Camela Steinke, program assessment and effectiveness research specialist at Lasalle School in New York, discussed Lasallian- and trauma-informed care in Lasallian youth and family ministries.
The 2015 symposium featured two keynote presentations:
Brother Robert Schieler, The Superior General of the De La Salle Christian Brothers presented on Lasallian Research of the 21st Century
Dr. Hashem Shahin of Bethlehem University presented genetics research at Bethlehem University and the impact of research on the lives of people within Palestine
The 2014 symposium featured three keynote presentations:
Dr. Rebecca Proehl, Professor, Kalmanovitz School of Education, Saint Mary’s College of California presented “The Transformative Nature of Lasallian Research” 
Dr. Thomas F. Clasen, Professor, Water, Sanitation, and Health at the University of London’s School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Rose Salamone Gangarosa Chair of Sanitation and Safe Water at Emory University in Atlanta presented “The Global Water and Sanitation Scandal: A Challenge for Lasallian Universities” 
Chris Fay, President, Lasallian Association of Secondary School Chief Administrators and Principal, Christian Brothers High School, Memphis, TN; Phil Pusateri, Chairperson, Midwest District Lasallian Mission Council, Principal, De La Salle Middle School, St. Louis, MO; Jolleen Wagner, Chair, RELAN Young Lasallians Committee, Director of Lasallian Volunteers; and Bill Wolff, Mission Executive Council, District of Eastern North America, Executive Director, La Salle School, Albany, NY were on an Education Practitioner Panel: “A Call for Research Assistance from RELAN Ministries” 
The 2013 symposium featured three keynote presentations:
Dr. Arnulfo Ascarraga, professor, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines presented “Lasallians in the World Solving Real World Problems”
Brother Diego Munoz, director of Lasallian research and resources, Brothers of the Christian Schools, Rome, Italy presented “Looking at the Future from a Challenging Memory”
Dr. Susan Hines, director of faculty development, Saint Mary’s Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs presented “A Response to the White Paper from the 2012 Symposium on Lasallian Research” 
The 2012 symposium featured two keynote presentations:
Brother Robert Schieler, General Councilor, presented “The Call from the Institute for Lasallian Research”
Dr. Mary Catherine Fox, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, presented “Capturing Our Time for Theirs: Considerations for the Context of Our Future”