The Office of Community Engagement:  Learn. Connect. Grow.

The Office of Community Engagement encompasses the following areas of student life at Purchase College:  New Student Orientation, Student Involvement, Commuter Students, Residence Life, Housing, and Campus Traditions. Our office creates personal and interpersonal opportunities that support students to become engaged, empowered citizens of an inclusive, diverse learning environment.  We invite you to participate in educational and social experiences that are designed for all Purchase students.  Engagement with the Purchase community will enhance your collegiate experience and enrich the overall campus environment. 


Community Engagement nurtures student development by committing to:


Ethic of Care -  Respect, support, trust, and compassion for others

Accountability - Personal responsibility for individual and social behaviors

Integrity -  Honesty, truthfulness, and commitment to action

Engagement -  Helping through service and consideration of the welfare of others

Excellence - High standards and provide opportunities for growth and learning



Mission Statement:


The Office of Community Engagement seeks to create a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students which fosters their inclusion and participation in the campus community through services, programs, and meaningful partnerships. 




To create a supportive environment for students through quality service that refers them to resources and accommodates their needs, both on and off campus.


To provide student involvement opportunities that promote community development, leadership, diversity, multiculturalism, civic engagement, and service learning.


To support the Think Wide Open philosophy by encouraging students to explore their individuality, diversity, and creativity, beyond expected boundaries.    


To foster student persistence and retention by cultivating an educationally focused campus community through initiatives that promote self-authorship.


To collaborate with campus partners to promote the holistic development of our students through learning, both in and out of the classroom.




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