The Golisano Community Engagement Center is a key component of the college’s five-year strategic plan, established in 2016. The plan focuses on three aspects: engaged campus culture, innovative growth and transformational partnerships. The strategies in the plan include new programs, new buildings, new initiatives and new hires. The Golisano Community Engagement Center aligns with all three areas of focus and will provide a direct impact on the college’s culture and partners.
The Golisano Community Engagement Center will house training programs, including the college’s newly launched Community Institutes, and provide easy access to career development and student-life resources. It will be the first building on campus to provide centralized meeting space and community interaction opportunities for all students — traditional undergrads, commuters, adult students, and students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With a growing population of adult and graduate students, especially in the area of teacher education, this center will provide student-centered spaces for studying and collaborating on group assignments.
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Roberts Wesleyan’s Community Institutes, which provide custom educational solutions and resources to Rochester-area businesses and organizations, offer certificate and training programs separate from the degree-based education the college already offers. The four institutes are:
The Golisano Community Engagement Center will give us much-needed student gathering space that is not tied to specific majors or special interests, giving our students opportunities for valuable networking and social interactions that might not otherwise happen, especially in our region of New York where informal outdoor gathering spaces across campus are unusable during the long winter.
Using the Golisano Community Engagement Center for student resources, networking and socialization will also bring our students into a building that will be heavily utilized by Rochester businesses and organizations. This means that our students will have greater opportunity for interaction with community leaders who are actively engaged in professional development.
Inside the Student Commons: