A Brief History of the Conference
By the late seventies, steps were initiated to restore a sense of commonality among the twenty-eights Jesuit colleges and universities as a nationwide learning community. The first full-scale meeting, " Assembly '89," drew representatives from throughout the American Jesuit landscape to Georgetown University, the eldest of the 28, on its 200th birthday. Renewed with a sense that Jesuit higher education in the United States was a whole greater than the sum of its parts, those in attendance at "Assembly '89" planned regional follow-up meetings.
In the Midwest, 10 schools assembled at Loyola University Chicago for "Jesuit Higher Education in the Heartland," Heartland I in 1994. The schools sent delegations again in 1997 as Saint Louis University hosted Heartland II. Loyola New Orleans had been a part of the original group of Midwest schools, but when Spring Hill College joined the gathering for Heartland III, the name was expanded to Heartland-Delta to reflect the evolving group of schools. Heartland-Delta III was held at Creighton in Omaha in 2000. Heartland-Delta IV was held at Marquette in Milwaukee in 2004. This year in 2007, John Carroll University has the privilege to host Heartland-Delta V at its suburban Cleveland campus.
The Heartland-Delta gathering has become an essential venue for dialogue and learning about Jesuit education, collaboration and Ignatian spirituality. It offers an opportunity for participants to immerse themselves in a three-day learning experience on important topics and build fruitful, lasting connections with their colleagues. Participants at past Heartland-Delta gatherings have found the experience enriching and even transforming for their work. The conference is sponsored by the twelve Jesuit Colleges and Universities and the five Jesuit Provinces in the Midwest and Delta regions.
* To remember together the Ignatian values that underlie our work
* To celebrate the spiritual insights of our Jesuit predecessors
* To share "best practices" in our Jesuit way of education
* To renew our commitment to justice