The Experience, Reflection, Action Program: Formative, Foundational Knowledge for First-Year Students
What do you need to thrive, from your first steps on campus through graduation and across the rest of your life? How can you plant seeds of imagining and designing purposeful work and innovations during the first year? Where can first-year students have the most salient and meaningful positive impact?
The Lynch School of Education and Human Development’s reimagined Experience, Reflection, Action (ERA) program seeks to explore these questions while helping first-year students seamlessly transition to life as a college student in general and at Boston College specifically.
The program focuses on establishing a solid foundation of formative education for students, helping them develop as well-rounded people based on the Jesuit, Catholic value of cura personalis, or care for the whole person, and cura apostolica, or care of the community. At its core, ERA helps students discern who they want to be—including potential purposeful vocations and avocations—and how they can help others flourish.
For many students, ERA is an introduction to the Lynch School’s approach to formative education. As such, it motivates them to grow intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.
The course meets weekly and features internationally renowned speakers, presentations, activities, projects, and discussions that facilitate students’ development. Throughout the year, students conduct an applied social impact design-thinking project that culminates in presentations and real-world action steps. The goal? To prepare students to be authentic leaders who use sound ethical reasoning to improve and make a difference in communities.