The Vermont Connection


Immanuel Kant, a German philosopher, once posed three questions for individuals to consider when contemplating their spiritual lives: What can I know? What can I do? And, What can I hope? (n.d.) These three questions, while fundamentally simple, are provocative and powerful and lead to significant soul searching regarding one’s values, beliefs, actions, and perspective. It strikes us that these three questions can also provide student affairs professionals with the opportunity for rich dialogue and critical reflection regarding our roles in and beliefs about a profession fraught with change, challenges, mystery, and ethical dilemmas. In this article, two authors, nearly two decades apart with regard to age and professional experience, will explore these questions in the form of a dialogue.