Residential Curriculum and Programming
The Office of Community Engagement at Purchase College believes in the holistic development of students.
As such, the office provides students with a living environment that extends learning beyond the studio, classroom, and recital hall.
Apparent in the office’s mission logo, the office believes that it is essential for students to learn, connect, and grow while at Purchase College. This vision embodies and supports the college’s motto the Think Wide Open by challenging all students to get involved and engaged on campus, embrace collective and individual accountability, learning from and celebrate difference, and maintain integrity and excellence in all they do.
Guiding the curricular approach to student learning outside the studio, classroom, and recital hall are Baxter-Magolda’ and King’s (2004) Theory of Self-Authorship and Astin’s (1984) Theory of Student Involvement. Central to these theories and the research surrounding them is the positive impact that they exert on the student experience. The educational strategies for the office are informed by these theories and are sequenced to occur at strategic points during the academic year. This approach to education promotes learning from others, connection with others and community, and growth opportunities from the dissonance created through learning.
As students become acclimated to Purchase College, their Resident Assistants (RA) are tasked with gauging the residents’ needs and experiences through intentional conversations with their respective residents. Topics may vary for residence halls to the on-campus apartments but these outreaches are made for the betterment of their college experience. Within this educational strategy, RAs catalogue each interaction and use it to enrich the student’s experience through programming, forging connections with others on campus and with key campus resources. Community Needs Assessments are used to ensure student success and to give the Office of Community Engagement understanding how best stimulate learning, growth, and connectedness with Purchase College.
Programs, Programs, Programs!
The Office of Community Engagement Resident Assistant staff puts on over 300 programs per year in the residence halls and apartment areas! These programs are created by staff members based on the needs of their communities, discovered by intentional interactions with residents throughout the halls and apartments. Scroll through our gallery to take a look at past program flyers and photos from just a few of our events.