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2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Center for Student Engagement

Carissa Durfee, Director
026 Flanagan Campus Center, Beatty Hall

The Center for Student Engagement connects our community by providing resources, helping students explore interests and celebrating the achievements of the student body. The center provides services in many areas to ensure students are successful from the moment they arrive on campus for Orientation through the last moments as a student during Senior Celebrations. This is done through the following areas:

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is two parts. The first is a two-day, over-night introduction to the Wentworth community for all first-year students. This provides students with the basic knowledge of the campus community as well as the resources and services Wentworth offers. The second part, referred to as Wentworth Opening Week (WOW), is the official welcome program for all first-year and transfer students. Every new student at Wentworth participates in this three-day introduction to college life, which occurs in late August. WOW is an Institute-wide initiative that brings all students, staff, and faculty together to help welcome new students and transition them to life at Wentworth. During WOW, students receive their laptop, meet with their academic advisor, and learn more about their academic program and campus resources.

First Year Seminar

First Year Seminar develops students as engaged learners. To this end, the First Year Seminar focuses on the development of positive academic behaviors, assists students in their transition to Wentworth and supports their personal growth. Through a combination of lecture, discussion, group work and activities, all new students learn about the academic, social and cultural expectations at Wentworth as well as develop skills necessary for success at Wentworth. In addition to teaching the curriculum, instructors serve as a resource to new students, providing transitional and developmental advisement for new students. First Year seminar instructors partner with faculty academic advisors to promote academic advising, counsel at-risk students experiencing academic difficulty, and make appropriate referrals as necessary. Instructors also perform outreach to students in their class to assist with personal transition issues.

Student Organizations

Organizations related to majors, social interests, and club sports are all run through the Center for Student Engagement. A complete listing of student organizations may be found at Email to find out more about clubs & organizations or for information on how to start your own club. The Activities Fair in September has representatives from each club on the quad to share more about the offerings.


Students may self-select to participate in the Wentworth Leadership Institute, aimed at developing leadership skills, engaging in the practice of leadership, and offering students the opportunity to develop their own leadership style. This is done through workshops, experiential exercises, and non-credit courses.  

Commuter Programs

The Center for Student Engagement provides programs and services to support and enhance the commuter student experience. This includes weekly events held during the day and early evening to accommodate commuter student schedules, a discounted MBTA pass program, complimentary lockers and additional outreach efforts to support students socially and academically. Our Commuter Assistant team is comprised of current commuter student leaders that create programs to build community among commuter students, provide resources and serve as advocates for commuters. Off-campus students find helpful resources for navigating the apartment search, finding roommates, and locating City of Boston Resources on our website. Commuter parking passes are available through the Student Service Center. Wentworth Institute of Technology is not responsible for any lost, damaged, stolen items, from your locker. Follow us at @witcommuters

Programs & Events

Student Engagement hosts a variety of large-scale events throughout the year. These include Family & Alumni Weekend; Colleges of the Fenway Block Party, Spring Week, and other programs; Senior Celebrations; and the Institute Awards Program. Further support of the Wentworth Events Board creates a robust line up of events & activities throughout the year.

Flanagan Campus Center

Flanagan Campus Center at Beatty Hall
Social Media: Twitter @witinfohub

The Flanagan Campus Center, located in the ground and first floor of Beatty Hall, provides space for students to relax and collaborate. The Flanagan Campus Center is home to the Info Hub, Beatty Café, Wentworth Bookstore, Schumann Fitness Center, a pool hall, Student Organization Room, Meditation Room, meeting rooms, and numerous breakout and relaxation spaces. The office of Community Standards, Center for Diversity & Social Justice, Center for Student Engagement, and the Fitness Center are also located in the Flanagan Campus Center.

At the Info Hub, located in the atrium of the ground floor of the Flanagan Campus Center, students can purchase discounted tickets to local movie theaters, the Museum of Science, and occasionally special event tickets to local attractions. Students can also check out, free of charge, AV equipment for the meeting rooms and breakout spaces, chargers, as well equipment for the pool hall.