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This summer, Emmanuel College introduced the Students Taking an Active Role Together (S.T.A.R.T.) program, a week-long program for incoming students running from August 28 to September 2.
“The purpose of this program is to provide incoming first-year students the tools needed to lead and manage the shifting intercultural changes here at Emmanuel College. During the week-long program students will be exposed to various social issues such as, privilege, food justice, sexual assault and awareness, social movements, as well as conversations centered around identity, such as race, gender, sexual orientation,” said coordinator and founder Ashlee Jeannot ’17.
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— EC S.T.A.R.T. (@EC_START16) June 17, 2016
Jeannot presented the idea for the program to the President’s Commission with staff assistance from Dorice Griffith ’92, Academic Advisor and ecPULSE Coordinator, and Director of Multicultural Programs Jeffrey Smith.
Also involved with the S.T.A.R.T. program are coordinators Lauren Boissonault ’18, Micheal Woodham ’18, Julian Almonte ’18, Tina Gonzalez ’17, Sam Farquharson ‘, Devin Boyle ’19 and Adwoa Poku ’17.
“The goal is to have a successful full-week program and continue to create year-long programs and workshops that center around varying social issues that impact marginalized groups. We want the dialogue to be extended to not only students within the program but all students on campus as well as staff and faculty,” said Jeannot.
S.T.A.R.T. is looking for students who have a passion for discussing social issues that impact marginalized groups. The coordinators are looking to create dialogues that will be extended to not only students within the program but to all students, staff and faculty on campus.
— EC S.T.A.R.T. (@EC_START16) June 16, 2016
This program is not limited to only first year students. During the school year the S.T.A.R.T. coordinators and accepted first-year students will be hosting and leading various programs, forums and workshops focusing on trending and important issues in social justice.
“Students who want to be challenged in conversations and issues they would have never thought to have—we want in this program,” said Jeannot.
Anna Topping ’17 is a staff writer and the Social Media Editor of The Hub. She can be contacted at email@example.com and on Twitter @annaytopping.