Residential Curriculum and Programming
The Office of Community Engagement at Purchase College Provides our Students with a Holistic, Planned, and Meaningful Experience.
As such, the office provides our diverse and talented student body with living environments that extend learning beyond the studio, classroom, labs, and recital hall. Residents of Purchase College will become connected and engaged leaders who value diversity, lifelong learning, and responsibility.
Our department’s vision consistently supports the college’s motto Think Wide Open by challenging our students to engage with the college community, embrace collective and individual accountability, learn from and celebrate difference, promote inclusivity campus wide, and maintain integrity and excellence in all they do.
The Office of Community Engagement’s learning objectives that extend beyond the classroom stems from guiding theories that (inspire / facilitate) our residential engagement curricular approach. Boyer’s Six Principles of Community (1990), Yosso’s Cultural Wealth Model (2005), and Kolb’s Theory of Experiential Learning (1984) are researched theories embedded in our approaches to educating students in a beneficial way. We use these theories as a catalyst in providing insight to increase cultural competence, develop a safe and healthy living community, and program based on the needs of the students to support their holistic development. In conjunction with our guiding theories, our programming model highlights our educational strategies to positively impact our students. Each of our learning outcomes are from a theoretical approach to ensure students are growing, connecting, and learning with their peers and creating a successful experience.
As students become acclimated to Purchase College, their Resident Assistants (RA) are tasked with gauging the residents’ needs, interests, and experiences through intentional conversations with their respective residents. Within our educational strategy to improve our students’ overall college experience, RAs catalog each interaction and use it to enrich the student’s experience through educational programming, and fostering meaningful relationships with others on campus, and with essential campus resources. Community Needs Assessments are used to ensure student success and assists the Office of Community Engagement in stimulating learning, growth, and connectedness within the Purchase College community. Each day we provide residents with fulfilling opportunities to challenge themselves in crucial conversations, in-dependency, relationship building, and learning new skills from their peers. Our staff strives to maintain open dialogues with our residents to inspire new ideas, and think wide open. We encourage creativity and self-discovery through our programs here at 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! RAs thoughtfully plan programs based on the residential curriculum model, intentional interactions with residents, the community’s interests, and community-based needs. Our educational approach to programming, bulletin boards, and intentional conversations are to ensure we are inclusive of our diverse student population at Purchase College. Check out some bulletin boards and programming from your very own Purchase College students.