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Jamie Kralovec

Georgetown University
Associate Director, Mission Integration, School of Continuing Studies

Entering Through Their Door: Perspectives on Cultivating a Just Society through the Moral and Spiritual Formation of Professional and Continuing Education Students at Jesuit Universities (click for video)

Kathleen Hidy, Xavier University
Jamie Kralovec, Georgetown University

In the document “Some Characteristics of Jesuit Colleges and Universities: A Self-Evaluation Instrument,” the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities asks whether “professional schools within the University share a common commitment to the joining of professional, technical training with personal and moral formation of their students as persons rooted in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition?” This poster explores this question and offers some responses from practice based on two curricular frameworks currently used by faculty at Jesuit universities. The first example from Xavier University’s Williams College of Business conceives Jesuit professional schools as moral incubators of applied ethics. The Jesuit, Catholic tradition understands the inherent moral and relational dimensions of just actors and just actions in pursuit of a just society. This course awakens and empowers business students to embrace their transformative role as change agents in their professions using the ABC and Ds of the moral formation of business professionals. The second example from Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies offers a model for introducing professional and continuing education students to the Jesuit social justice tradition through a community-based learning course, “Jesuit Values in Professional Practice.” This course demonstrates that social justice education comes alive for professional students less in concepts to be presented and more in faculty modeling an Ignatian spiritual practice that then leads to a generous personal commitment to justice. The ideal audience for this roundtable are faculty and administrators who want to more deeply engage with teaching and learning strategies for introducing applied ethics and social justice education in the Jesuit tradition to professional and continuing education students.


Jamie Kralovec serves on the faculty of the Urban & Regional Planning program and is associate director for mission integration at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. Formed in the Jesuit tradition of education, Kralovec is dedicated to community-engaged learning in service of equity, justice, and the common good.

He is responsible for animating, integrating, and deepening faculty, staff, and student engagement with the Jesuit values that drive the mission of Georgetown University. He previously served as program director for Georgetown’s Urban & Regional Planning program, where he played a central role in establishing the growing program. Prior to Georgetown, he served on the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2), an inter-agency initiative created by President Obama in 2012 to spark economic rebound in distressed urban communities across the country. At SC2, Kralovec managed the deployment of technical assistance, collection of community-based data, program communications, and promotion of national best practices. As a legislative assistant at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Kralovec conducted research and prepared DOJ witnesses for congressional hearings.

Kralovec has contributed to national conversations about community engagement, Jesuit values, and pedagogy for professional students. He has authored numerous articles and served as co-editor for Evidence Matters, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s quarterly research publication covering policy innovation in housing and community development. He was distinguished with the Robert Berne Award for Leadership at New York University where he served as research manager at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, as well as the Dean's Service Award at Georgetown's School of Continuing Studies for efforts to incorporate Jesuit values into the pedagogy of the school. At Georgetown, he serves as a Staff Fellow at the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service and on the leadership group of the Salt and Light program of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life.

He holds a Master's of Urban Planning from New York University, a Master of Arts from Fordham University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame.