Educating the Whole Student
During his first few months on the job, Dr. DiSalvo
has made a concerted effort to connect with
students to learn about what their life is like at Endicott.When first learning about the value of an Endicott College education, I was struck by how holistic the experience is for students. Support for our students comes from not only academics but through extracurricular opportunities, counseling center offerings, student life programming, athletic team-building, interpersonal mentorship, and internship experience.
It is my hope to expand this approach even more as we seek to support our students in the best and most effective ways possible.
Today, our young people are experiencing more mental health challenges, more environmental stressors, and a larger uncertainty about their place in the world, and it is more important than ever to consider the concept of ‘educating the whole student’ as a necessary pillar of higher education. This generation, known as “Generation Z,” struggles with a level of anxiety many of us cannot comprehend, and as educators and custodians, it is our job to ensure no student feels alone or unsupported. There has been a recent wave in higher education to bolster mental health resources, and we must take this idea even further to fully incorporate it into the experience of every student here.
Educating the whole student is not just about academics and required courses in the liberal arts and soft skills. It digs into what factors and influences contribute to the making of a graduate who is confident, experienced, thoughtful, intellectual, and healthy.
It considers the massive value of teaching students ethics, spirituality, creativity, athletics, service, leadership—and how these concepts all combine to ensure that students have broadened their horizons over the course of their time here and emerge as creative and thoughtful collaborators and problem solvers.
At Endicott, we take great pride in our outstanding postgraduate benchmarks in employment and career success. What we cannot as easily measure—but what is arguably even more important—is our ability to produce graduates who are integrated into their communities, confident, and active global citizens.
I call on our faculty, staff, and community to join me on this mission to more fully support our students we’re so passionate about educating. Their time here is incredibly formative, and it is our duty to support, encourage, and challenge them to grow in as many ways as possible—both inside and outside the classroom.
“Educating the whole student goes way beyond what you learn in classes. When a college educates the whole student, it means they are helping the student figure out who they are and what they believe. College allows students to form their own opinions and become independent in the world we live in. It also gives them the opportunities to create the connections and relationships that will help them in their careers and their growth as a person.”
—Nick Grace '20