Encountering the Mission of Stonehill College
Community Engagement Day is an introduction to first-year students of Stonehill College's mission to "educate the whole person so that each Stonehill graduate thinks, acts, and leads with courage toward the creation of a more just and compassionate world."
Students will hear the stories of local community partners, peers, and leaders on campus about the many ways they can advocate for social justice and engage both their heart and mind in their community involvement.
Schedule for the Day
11:00 AM Mass of the Holy Spirit, Pettit Atrium
All students and employees are welcome to join us in our opening liturgy for the academic year.
1:15-1:45 PM Opening Ceremony, Sports Complex
2:00-2:45 PM Rotation I: Community Engagement Panel/Volunteer Fair
Students will rotate between two different sessions of a community engagement panel and the volunteer fair. The community engagement panel will feature a Volunteer Coordinator (a student leader from the Community Engagement Program), a community partner, an athletic coach, and a Community-Based Learning professor. They will learn about the many opportunities to engage in service during their time at Stonehill and be exposed to different perspectives of our community members. Students will then break out into Orientation groups and participate in a reflection led by the Volunteer Coordinators.
The volunteer fair, the fair that the Community Engagement Program hosts twice a year, invites our community partners to campus to discuss opportunities for students to engage in service. There will also be on-campus student organizations facilitating advocacy activities and distributing learning resources for students.
3:00-3:45 PM Rotation II: Community Engagement Panel/Volunteer Fair
4:00-5:00 PM Orientation Group Reflection
The day will conclude within Orientation groups with a reflection, led by the Peer Mentors, about the day. They will reflect on past service experiences and create a personal “engagement mission” for their time at Stonehill that will be revisited during the First-Year Experience.
Community Engagement Experience during the FYE Course
All students will be asked to participate in a community engagement experience during the month of October at an organization of their choice and interest. They will be asked to write a reflection about their time with the community, integrating the “engagement mission” they created on Community Engagement Day.
Questions about Community Engagement Day or the Community Engagement FYE Experience? Contact Erica Stewart, Campus Minister for Community Service and Partnerships.