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: February - March 2022
    • Pathways to Postgraduate Attainment | February 7, 2022
    • Careers in Action: How to Be a Transformational Leader in Changing Times | February 22, 2022
    • The Power of Purpose: An Alumni Guide to a Meaningful Career | March 10, 2022
  • Where: Zoom Web Conferencing
  • Cost: Free – Funded by Career and Professional Development
  • Pathways to Postgraduate Attainment, in partnership with Academic Community of Excellence (ACE)

    February 7, 2022 | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. PST

    Learn about postgraduate education and career paths and gain tips on overcoming challenges to reach your goals.

    Panelists include:

    Emelyn A. dela Peña, Ed.D | Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Loyola Marymount University

    Dr. Travis Shivley-Scott, PhD '11 | Lead Geriatric Neuropsychologist at the Sacramento Geriatric Consultation Clinic, Northern California VA 


    Redefining Career Success: Social Justice Leadership in Action, in partnership with First to Go (FTG) 

    February 22, 2022 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. PST

    Reflect on your LMU journey and gain perspective on what it means to be successful through the lens of social justice leadership.

    Panelists include:

    Dr. William Perez | Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the School of Education, Loyola Marymount University

    MariaCarolina Gomez '17 | Legal Extern at the Federal Defender Program, PILI Intern at the ACLU of Illinois


    The Power of Purpose: An Alumni Guide to a Meaningful Career, in partnership with Alumni & Family Engagement

    March 10, 2022 | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. PST

    Hear from recent alumni on how they reflected on their majors, kicked off their careers, and brought their goals to life.

    Panelists include:

    Sarah Musgrove '09 | Co-Founder, The Bench

    Jasmine Huerta '16 | Global Program Manager of People & Organization Development, Uber

    Anjali Chopra '17 | Talent Acquisition Partner in Early Career, Viasat Inc.

    Danico Pidlaoan '19 | Product Manager in E-Commerce, HBO Max



  • 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.