VOCARÉ Retreat

VOCARÉ: A Virtual Retreat for Students

Find your calling at VOCARÉ

The word “vocaré” is derived from Latin, meaning “to call.”

VOCARÉ is a unique opportunity for LMU students to reflect on where they have been, who they are, and where they are going. This three-part, career discernment-focused program provides a reflective experience where participants can share, learn, and connect. All students and alumni are welcome.

Retreat Details

  • When: October - November 2021
    • Pursue You: How to Make the World a Better Place Through Your Calling | October 20, 2021
    • Careers in Action: How to Be a Transformational Leader in Changing Times | November 9, 2021
    • Educational and Career Attainment: How to Be a Bridge to Serving Others | November 15, 2021
  • Where: Zoom Web Conferencing
  • Cost: Free – Funded by Career and Professional Development
  • Pursue You: How to Make the World a Better Place Through Your Calling, in partnership with The Learning Community (TLC)

    October 20, 2021 | 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. PST

    Listen and learn how to pursue your interests and talents while focusing on identity and service to others. Guests include Daveon Swan, MS, ’09 (Associate Director of Community Based-Learning, LMU Center for Service and Action) and Megan Castillo, MSW, ’19 (Reimagine LA Coalition Coordinator, LA Defensa)


    Careers in Action: How to be a Transformational Leader in Changing Times, in partnership with First to Go

    November 9, 2021 | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. PST

    Reflect on your LMU journey and prepare for career planning with a focus on leadership and inclusion. Guests include Chris Reynoso, ‘18 (Manager of External Impact, KIPP Foundation) and Marieclare Sia (Wellness and Ergonomics Manager, LMU Human Resources)


    Educational and Career Attainment: How to Be a Bridge to Service Others, in partnership with Academic Community of Excellence (ACE)

    November 15, 2021 | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. PST

    Explore how graduate or professional school and career attainment can create opportunities for serving and empowering others. Guests include Louvenia Jackson, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Marital & Family Therapy with specialization in Art Therapy, LMU College of Communication & Fine Arts) and Isabella Powers, MPA, ’19, Physical Scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency).



  • A chance for you to explore…

    • your reflections on the first two years of college
    • the values, relationships, issues, and interests that are important to you
    • your sense of purpose or vocation and where you are going with your life

    A chance for you to meaningfully connect with…

    • fellow sophomores and transfer students
    • juniors and seniors serving as group leaders
    • faculty and staff members
    • young alumni

    A chance for you to learn about…

    • how to become a more reflective student
    • how to make decisions that align with your values and interests
    • how to make the most of your last two years at LMU and beyond

    A chance to take away…

    • insights into your values, interests, and goals
    • a stronger sense of purpose
    • a foundation of knowledge and resources for future vocational and career exploration
  • The VOCARÉ Retreat is not the only opportunity for students to explore these topics. CPD staff are eager to help all students reflect on their values, interests and skills; discern their vocations and explore career options. If you would like to meet with a staff member, please log in to Handshake, click on the "Appointments" tab then “Schedule a New Appointment.”

  • Cynthia Orduna, '19 | Participant and Leader

    "As a transfer student, VOCARÉ was one of the first events that made me feel part of the LMU community. I found it to be an amazing learning experience both as a participant and as a leader." 

    ~ Cynthia Orduna, '19
    Major: Studio Arts with an emphasis in Multimedia

    “Initially I wanted to be a leader to ensure that VOCARÉ participants had an amazing experience like I did. I was not expecting to be so positively impacted by the retreat for a second time! Being a senior, I received beneficial and timely career advice and insights.”

    ~ Jermaine Johnson, '19
    Major: Marketing with Journalism & African-American Studies minors

    Jermaine Johnson, '19 | Participant and Leader



Contact Marcy Newman at marcy.newman@lmu.edu.