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1915 Scholars Program

The 1915 Scholars Program celebrates the heritage and on-going journey of students who are the first in their family to attend college. The program provides informational, academic, and social support to first-generation students in order to alleviate some of the barriers commonly faced by this population and encourage persistence in the collegiate environment. The program involves faculty, peer, and alumni mentorship, specialized orientation programs, on-going academic workshops and community-building events, and structured interactions with Campus Life, the Office of Undergraduate Educations, the Alumni Association, and various support services to highlight resources available on campus.

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Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) Risk Reduction Coalition

The coalition engages offices across the Emory Enterprise to mitigate high-risk alcohol use while developing an environment that is more supportive of those who choose not to drink.  The coalition has five goals:  

  1. more students remain low-risk drinkers/abstainers at Emory University;
  2. community members easily and readily interpret and use Emory's Alcohol and Drug abuse policy to create a safer Emory;
  3. more community members are consistently held accountable for upholding Emory University's Alcohol and Drug policies;
  4. more student organizations make positive and safer decisions regarding alcohol and drugs; and
  5. more institutional stakeholders within Emory University and Emory Healthcare are engaged in addressing high-risk alcohol use among faculty, staff, and students.

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Atlanta, Art, and Activism

A student art expo and signature program hosted by the Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement (RACE). The event features student artists in the Emory community as well as Atlanta based artists and activists whose work explores the interplay between art and racial justice. Powerful stories are told from a variety of perspectives including but not limited to visual and performing arts such as mixed media, paintings, murals, sculpture, photography, spoken word, theatre, music, and dance. The event not only provides a platform that explores racial justice through the arts but also raises consciousness on a myriad of social and political issues. It engages and helps empower the audience to think critically about the actions that we as a community and as a society must take in order to liberate ourselves and others.

Belonging and Community Justice (BCJ)

BCJ helps students find the place where they belong and support them in making changes in their communities.  Together, the Center for Women, the Office of LGBT Life and Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement (RACE), create opportunities to learn, engage and find community as it relates to race, gender, sexuality, and more. Three areas, one goal: to support students in their exploration of all of their identities.

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Community Building and Social Change Fellowship (CBSC)

The CBSC Fellowship introduces a talented, dedicated, and diverse group of Emory undergraduates to the challenges of, and opportunities for, building community in contemporary urban America.  Through academic coursework, an intensive, paid 10-week internship summer field experience, site visits, small group meetings, and public presentations, CBSC Fellows have opportunities to see firsthand the critical role that collaboration plays in the resolution of important public issues. CBSC fellows hone the skills needed to transform their passion for social justice into meaningful actions that revitalize communities and promote positive and lasting social change.

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Creating Emory

In 2013, Emory Campus Life launched Creating Emory to emphasize the importance of integrity, diversity, inclusion, dialogue, and interpersonal violence prevention on campus. Creating Emory has evolved, and now in its sixth year, the program focuses more specifically on the role students play in creating their own Emory experience as well as how they can impact the experience of others.  During the program, we ask students to identify their identities and values and how these intersect with the identities and beliefs of others. We also discuss what it means to build safe, supportive communities, addressing bystander behaviors and social justice action, which reflects the initial goals of the program at its inception. Currently, participants in Creating Emory will be able to: 

  • Describe what they bring to the Emory community.
  • Describe what others bring to the Emory community.
  • Explain Emory’s values.
  • Identify circumstances in which to take action as a bystander.
  • Identify personal actions to advance social justice.
  • Describe the value of engaging in conversation.

Emory Career Center Internship Program

While knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom prepare students for future success, it is the application of knowledge and skill in experiential learning opportunities that allow students to demonstrate their value to prospective employers or graduate/professional schools. It is the aspiration of the Career Center that every student participates in at least one summer or academic year internship/research experience.  Through cultivated relationships with over 11,000 hiring organizations, students have ample opportunities across all industry sectors to build a portfolio of experiences that demonstrate professional acumen in their chosen career fields. Emory’s team of career counselors work 1:1 with students to best align the student’s interests, skills, and values with impactful and engaging internship/research positions.

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Emory LGBT Legal Services (EELS)

EELS is an organization created to provide pro bono legal assistance to members of the LGBTQ community in the Atlanta area and a partnership between Emory School of Law and LGBT Life.  ELLS connects pro bono attorneys and volunteer law students with low-income clients who need help with legal issues involving filing insurance denial appeals for trans persons and completing advanced directives. The group also manages a database of community resources for LGBTQ people in need of legal assistance.

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Dooley After Dark

Dooley After Dark program is free night and weekend activities that include movies, casino nights, novelties, comedians, and similar events. 

Emory Conversation Project (ECP)

The ECP program is a joint initiative involving the five departments of the Center for the Advancement of Student Agency and Advocacy and its Executive Director. ECP will improve Emory’s capacity to effectively navigate social and cultural changes occurring on and off the campus by establishing a team of 15-20 students who are trained to facilitate peer-to-peer dialogues across the campus. Development of a student facilitation team will (a) encourage members of Emory’s campus community to proactively respond to salient social and political issues, (b) lay the groundwork for campus members to engage about and across their differences, and (c) create a framework for collaborative engaged leadership across our various campus communities.

Emory Center for Advancing Non-violence (ECAN)

ECAN is dedicated to the study and practice of effective and productive human interaction through nonviolent actions. Building on Dr. Bernard LaFayette’s expertise with the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the application of these principles, ECAN provides education and training programs aimed at promoting effective, nonviolent human interaction. ECAN programming is applicable to diverse audiences ranging from corporate clients to university students.  ECAN is led by Business Practice Improvement in conjunction with the Office of the President and Campus Life.

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Faculty in Residence

The Faculty in Residence (FIR) aims to increase meaningful interactions between faculty and students. The FIR position is a live-in position designed to strengthen the connection between students’ curricular and co-curricular activities. In collaboration with Residence Life staff, the FIRs help to create an intentional residential education experience for Emory students. The FIRs serve to model Campus Life’s ideals – cultivating a welcoming and dynamic community, modeling and teaching holistic well-being, ethical leadership, civic engagement, cultural humility, global citizenship, and developing skills necessary for lifelong success and positive transformation in the world - by providing programs, dialogues, and initiatives that engage, support, and intellectually challenge students. Research shows that student engagement with faculty has a positive relation to students’ retention, satisfaction, and learning. Through informal and formal interactions, the FIR program helps students to know faculty on a deeper level, in both academic and social contexts.

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Integrated Wellness Initiative

The IWI is comprised of an interdisciplinary team who are committed to engaging in practices that positively impact the health and collective well-being of our community, in alignment with Emory Campus Life’s (2017) strategic plan the IWI will;

  • Develop and sustain a more student-centered approach to promoting health and well-being that closely aligns with values and priorities carried by Emory students. ​
  • ​Develop a centralized framework to guide our respective practices in our efforts to create a healthy Emory.​
  • ​Identify a process for evaluating the university’s effectiveness in creating and sustaining a healthy Emory. 

Intersections Retreat

A leadership development program that explores the multiplicity and intersectionality of identities while developing participant capacity for collaboration and action planning to create inclusive communities.

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Barkley Forum Competitive Debate

In 1886, the same year Emory University open its doors in Covington, GA, the Phi Gamma Literary Society began a tradition of public debate and open expression that remains hardwired into the DNA of the university. Two years later, the Ignatius Few Literary Society was established. Modeled after the literary societies at Oxford and Cambridge, these organizations hosted extremely popular weekly debates. While the format has changed, Emory maintains its commitment to deliberative engagement through the Alben W. Barkley Forum for Debate and Dialogue (BF). Named after, Alben W. Barkley, a graduate of Emory debate and the 35th United States Vice-President, the BF has won 26 national championships and routinely participates in the late elimination rounds of national competitions. Additionally, it is one of the few debate programs capable of maintaining a high level of national success while fulfilling its access mission to provide competitive and non-competitive debating opportunities to every student on the campus desiring to debate regardless of prior experience or potential for success. Like the BF’s progenitors, the Phi Gamma and Ignatius Few Literary Societies, we are driven by a desire to keep the campus debating – with everyone and about everything. 

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Open Expression

As a community of scholars, Emory University is committed to an environment where open expression of ideas is valued, promoted, and encouraged. Recognizing that the educational process of our institution requires diverse forms of open expression, including freedom of thought, inquiry, speech, activism, and assembly, the University affirms the rights of members of the community to assemble and demonstrate peaceably within the limits of this policy. Simultaneously, the University must maintain the right of community members to pursue their day-to-day activities and to be protected from physical injury or property damage. The Respect for Open Expression Policy was therefore implemented in 2013 to affirm Emory’s unwavering commitment to open expression while acknowledging the challenges and tensions these actions could create in an ever-changing community. Campus Life supports the Respect for Open Expression Policy by coordinating the Open Expression Observers Program. Open Expression Observers may be sent or requested to attend meetings, events, or protests to ensure the rights of community members and protesters are protected.

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Project SHINE (Students Helping in Naturalization and English)

Project SHINE connects Emory students with Atlanta area organizations serving refugees, immigrants, and new Americans. SHINE volunteers function as tutors or teacher's assistants in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, citizenship preparation classes or after school programs. For 2–4 hours each week, students support and get to know individuals who are trying to learn English, gain U.S. citizenship, succeed in school and become civically engaged. In addition, SHINE organizes educational and celebratory events to foster understanding, creative collaboration, and poly-cultural competency. 

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An annual conference for students, staff, and faculty, RespectCon aims to end violence on college and university campuses through a social justice lens. Established in 2012, the conference regularly draws more than a hundred attendees from across the country to Emory University. It is the only annual meeting dedicated to addressing sexual violence through social justice informed approaches and collaboration.

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Sorority and Fraternity Life Strategic Initiative

Emory Campus Life has engaged in a comprehensive review of sorority and fraternity life on campus.  The purpose, to develop a strategic plan that supports Emory in differentiating itself in the area of sorority and fraternity life through bold, thoughtful, and integrated strategic and master planning amongst campus life, the academy, students, alums, and other stakeholders. The new vision is distinctive, integrated, and sustainable and provides a pathway for Emory Sorority and Fraternity Life to:

  • The transition from a programmatic/infrastructure liability to an area of pride and distinction.
  • Develop sorority/fraternity/independent student housing facilities that integrate with the complete undergraduate residential experience, maximizes faculty connections, builds community across populations, and better positions our students to persist and graduate.
  • Invest in and fortify our staffing model to mitigate risk and elevate relationships/program.
  • Shift the culture between students/alums and the University from antagonistic to mutual cooperation with a shared-governance model and aligned goal structures.
  • Provide additional MGC and NPHC support.

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