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Student Engagement

Our goal is to support students in taking ownership of the full richness of their identity in meaningful ways.

Odyssey

Odyssey is a one-week summer program for first-year students who are first-generation college students, people of color, or eligible for the Pell Grant. Odyssey helps incoming students build relationships with fellow students, faculty and administrators, and familiarizes them with campus resources and the local communities.

Learn more about Odyssey.

Mentor Program

This mentoring program supports first-year domestic students of color and international students, and also those in the Passport Program.  Small groups of incoming students are matched with both faculty and peer mentors who offer them friendship and advice, easing the transition to life at Holy Cross.

Learn more about the Mentor Program.

Poverty Simulation

What choices would you make if you had little time and little money to spare? The simulation is designed to help participants begin to understand what it is like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. Each participant will be exposed to the realities of poverty by assuming the role of a family member, and living in a world that reflects the day to day realities of those in poverty.

As men and women in the Holy Cross community, we strive to help others, to be with others, and to be there for others. How can this be possible with a limited understanding of what the “other” is? This simulation will be the first step for many in truly understanding what it means to stand in solidarity with someone. In the case of poverty, the simulation aims to uncover the struggles of those who have been impoverished, better enabling the men and women of the Holy Cross community to live the mission.

IGNITE

Inspiring Growth. Nurturing Identity. Teaching Empowerment. IGNITE is a dialogue group focused on the experiences of women of color in the context of the United States. IGNITE was developed for undergraduate women of color to affirm, educate, and nurture the intersections of personal and social identities through intragroup dialogue. Participants will be expected to engage in identity development through authentic relationship building and storytelling. As a culminating activity, participants will be empowered to share their personal narratives in an artistic forum.

Identity-Based Student Groups

At the College of Holy Cross the multicultural student organizations – MSOs – are a foundation of identity for numerous self-identified groups. We encourage you to learn more about our current identity-based student groups:

  • Asian Students in Action (ASIA)
  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Caribbean African Student Assemblage (CASA)
  • Developing & Educating South Asian Ideologies (DESI)
  • Feminist Forum
  • HCF1RST Scholars
  • Latin American Students Organization (LASO) 
  • Movimiento Estudiantil Progressive Action (MEPA)
  • Men's Involvement Coalition (MIC)
  • Pinoys of Worcester (POW)
  • Pride

Bishop Healy Committee of the General Alumni Association

The Bishop Healy Committee of the General Alumni Association links alumni in outreach to students of color through recruitment, campus programming, and channeling alumni resources and support.  The Bishop Healy Committee has an ongoing, visible presence on campus and works directly with us in achieving its goals.  The committee is one of the few alumni support groups established by a college alumni association to work specifically toward promoting a warm and receptive campus environment.

Learn more about the Bishop Healy Committee of the General Alumni Association. 

LGBTQIA+ Community

Learn about programs and resources that are available for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual/aromantic, and other underrepresented sexual orientations and gender identities.

Visit the LGBTQIA+ Community website. 

First-Generation Students

As a first-generation student, we are aware that you face unique challenges in applying, enrolling and succeeding in college. We are committed to supporting you socially, academically and financially — before you arrive on campus to graduation and beyond.

Visit the First-Generation Students website.