Community Engagement Days

The new block schedule offers a tremendous opportunity with three days in the fall semester and three days in the spring semester where classes will not be held. Celebrated as Community Engagement Days, these days are envisioned as an opportunity for highlighting signature events and meaningful campus experiences for all. They offer a dedicated space for the important learning that happens beyond the classroom at Saint Ben’s and Saint John’s.

Community Engagement Days fall on the following Fridays: September 25, October 23, November 20, February 19 and March 19.

CE Days Events and Activities

November 20

The Community Engagement Day vision includes:

  • Signature Events

These will be curated events that include speakers, performances and pre-professional development opportunities. Signature Events will incorporate themes that are deeply valuable to our community and offer benefits to students across academic disciplines. No other programming can conflict with a signature event.

  • Experiential Events

Students can choose from multiple concurrent experiential events on CE Days. These events offer a place for departments, campus partners and students to integrate experiences alongside the signature events. Experiential events also provide students with the opportunity to explore a wide variety of topics and participate in activities or discussions that match their interests.

  • Programming will happen after 10 a.m. each CE Day and will often have highlighted opportunities in the evening, especially for performances.
  • Programming that can count as FAE, or as ARTE options, will be integrated so students can fulfill these requirements in creative and interesting ways.
  • It is a priority to incorporate meaningful experiences to explore diversity, equity and gender as a community.
  • Community Engagement Days offer us the opportunity to highlight other themes this year in an intentional manner. Examples may include, interfaith cooperation featuring Eboo Patel, the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, and our annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • All programs will follow a hyflex model, allowing students and community members to connect virtually and in-person when able/appropriate. Meaningful outdoor activities are also encouraged as possibilities.