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Citizenship Signature Programs

While many programs are offered as a part of First Year at Emory, there are a number of programs that are called signature programs. These programs often involve collaboration within the Division of Campus Life, academic departments, the Office for Undergraduate Education, the Emory community, etc. The following programs have been established as signature programs for the Citizenship FYE program.

» Eagle Excursions
Legislatures, stadiums, theaters, aquariums, museums, parks, and monuments are just some of the places you will visit in and outside of Atlanta. Travel with your community and select faculty and staff to explore the world outside Emory's campus. These trips will show what it means to be a citizen through service learning, special tours, and exciting destinations! Previous trips have included: the Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta History Center, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site & Birth Home, The Carter Center, Little Five Points (L5P), and Atlanta Braves' games.

» One-on-Ones
In the chaos of your first year, One-on-Ones gives you a chance to connect with your hall staff (RA or SA). These conversations with your upperclassmen staff members give you the opportunity to figure out what classes to take next semester, catch up on campus and personal events, and just see how you are doing in your first year.

» Turman Tea Time
Join us each month as we explore and define what citizenship means to you... over a spot of tea! These casual round-table discussions cover topics from current events on campus, the country, and the world. Guest speakers are occassionally invited to speak (professors, alums, and even Miss America (who happens to be an alum!).

» Freshman Seminars
From "Science Fiction and Politics" to "Society's Role in the Environment", seminars are offered in almost every department to help explore Citizenship through an academic lens. Citizenship FYE students will choose from more than 20 seminars to take during their first year. Click here for examples of previous seminars.

» In-Hall Academic Advising / Advice and a Slice
Don't know how to fulfill all your General Education Requirements? Wondering what it takes to get into the Business School or Nursing School? In-Hall Academic Advising brings the answers to you. This supplemental advising alleviates your questions in the comfort and convenience of your own hall. Advice and a Slice occurs semesterly, and is a great time for students (in all halls) to get advice before class registration and speak with an academic advisor in their halls on picking classes, career advice, and future plans.

» Service First
Give back to the community and campus through a building-wide day of service. Projects may include working at a homeless shelter, maintaining a local park, or cleaning a local stream! If you have an idea for a service project, share it with us and we will work with you to make it happen! Previous service trips have included: the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Piedmont Park clean-up

» Residence Life Alumni Advisors (RAA)
Connect with alums! The RAA program seeks to connect first-year students with Emory alumni and to bring an alumus presence into the fold of Campus Life. This program heightens students' understanding of Emory's history, traditions, and alumni services, while creating impactful and exciting opportunities for alumni to experience Emory's signature events and foster new relationships.

Past Programs

» Movies in Motion
This year-long film festival will bring citizenship into your hall through movie viewings, critiques, creating hall short films in iMovieFest, and community film awards. This is your chance to walk the red carpet! Previous movies have included: Lost Boys of Sudan and Mississippi Masala

» Celebrations of Citizenship
Is your team in the playoffs? Is your candidate debating on TV? Get together with your hallmates to celebrate! Have a party for your friends who are dancing in front of campus for the first time, for your RA the volleyball star, or even just for having a great hall!

» Chapters of Citizenship
Heroes, love, war, history, politics, and the future...explore these ideas with your community through a common reading! Join your hall mates in discussions and programs stemming from these authors' ideas. Previous readings have included: Freedom in Exile: the Autobiography of the Dalai Lama and An Hour Before Daylight: Memoirs of a Rural Boyhood (Jimmy Carter)