Eric Clayton ’11 remembers well the moment he became an intentional leader. He was on a service trip to the Philippines, trying to engage some children who lived a stone’s throw from a trash dump. One by one, they started playing games with him and he felt a part of the world community, someone who could make a difference.
“In that moment, I had an experience worth sharing,” said the international studies and English major. “I had a voice worth articulating.”
Clayton relived his epiphany at the latest Strategic Conversation, a Nov. 11 gathering of staff, faculty, and students focused on the kind of life-changing and life-affirming education Fairfield hopes to offer to all students.
In 2008, the University initiated a series of conversations within the campus community on the implementation of the Strategic Plan. The conversation focused on leadership and civic engagement and the panel included Dr. David Schmidt, associate professor of business ethics in the Dolan School of Business; Dana August ’11, a biology major and co-director of Leaders for Environmental Action at Fairfield (LEAF); and Dr. William Weitzer, executive vice president.
“Our Strategic Plan is the map that we are following as we continue to evolve to become the model for what we believe a University should be in order to prepare its students to meet the challenges of our time,” said University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J.