From generation to generation, Emmanuel students often speak of the strong sense of community that emanates throughout campus. Over the last few years, efforts to further foster the types of meaningful interactions that develop intellectual potential have become a focal point at the College. Administrators and faculty point to national studies, which show that the more actively engaged students are with members of the faculty, the higher they achieve. This was a motivator for expanding Emmanuel's approach to connecting faculty and students in a more formalized way.
Emmanuel encourages faculty members to coordinate events that allow them to connect with students while using Boston as their extended classroom. Over the years this has resulted in events such as jazz concerts at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum with Associate Professor of Management and Economics Dr. Patricia Clarke, visiting the New England Aquarium with Assistant Professor of Chemistry Aren Gerdon, and viewing work at the South of Washington Street (SOWA) art walk in the South End with Special Instructor of Art Stephan Jacobs. Sharing these experiences is not about a grade, rather, they provide opportunities for faculty members to share with students something they are passionate about.
Additionally, Emmanuel offers learning communities, which further student engagement beyond the classroom. The College offers a science living-learning community, a residence hall-based program for first-year students, as well as a cohort-model approach to first-year student learning for psychology. Both offer students the chance to enhance their academic and social experience through additional academic-related experiences, such as attending faculty presentations on their latest scholarly work, receiving career preparation and counseling, and immersing themselves fully in the disciplines while surrounding themselves with peers who possess the same interests.