On Feb. 22, the Regina Dominican Leadership Institute hosted a panel discussion titled “Executive Orders and the Travel Ban: Separating Fact from Fiction.”
The panel consisted of Professor Ann M. Lousin, a constitutional law expert from The John Marshall Law School, Regina Dominican chaplain Father Peter Wojcik, and Noor Abdelfattah ’15, a Loyola University Psychology major researching anxiety in youth. Director of the Leadership Institute Dr. Linda A. Liang moderated the discussion.
Lousin explained the constitutional law and the details of the recent travel ban as well as similar bans in US history. Wojcik spoke about how Catholic Charities helps a large number of refugees and that he prays a ban like this current one is not necessary. Liang mentioned strategies for civil discourse and Abdelbattah spoke to the students about handling stress and anxiety through writing and meditation. Students were then able to ask each panelist questions.
Dr. Liang also passed out a handout to students with a simple “LEARN” model that they could follow when anticipating a difficult conversation, or one in which emotions can run high: Listen to the other’s point of view without judgment, Empathize with the other person, Ask questions and get the facts, Reach understanding and Neutralize feelings and emotions.
This Leadership Institute panel was student-initiated in response to recent political events. It provided a unique educational opportunity to bring history and contemporary issues to life.