The HUHC Faculty Mentor Program helps us to grow as a community by broadening and strengthening relationships among students and their faculty. Faculty Mentors sponsor cultural and intellectual events, including New York City trips to the theater, museums, opera, sports events and historical sights. We also lead students in a variety of outdoor activities, such as ocean kayaking, fossil collecting, hiking and seal watching. In addition, our Faculty Mentors are liaisons and co-leaders in a variety of civic engagement and social service programs from sponsoring an art project to raise funds to rebuild a junior high school in Sierra Leone to tutoring in local schools or working with a nearby food bank and shelter. In these ways, HUHC students often discover new things about themselves, bond more fully with each other, and assist those in the local and global community.
HUHC Faculty Mentors also hold events, talks and conferences on campus and in the lounge in Vander Poel, our residence hall, where we host our annual Deans' Cup contests and a monthly Open Mic Night, in addition to holiday parties, study breaks, poetry readings and an unconventional, non-credit course entitled "Living Deliberately." We hope to foster informal contact with faculty because we know that students learn better when they see their faculty as partners. By expanding HUHC student access to professors outside the classroom, we wish to extend and deepen the learning process in exciting, new ways.