In 2010, a group of Saint Vincent College faculty, administrators and Benedictine monks joined with the Student Affairs office to assess the climate on the campus regarding relationships and dating, and to ascertain clear areas of need.
From those efforts, we have created a programming model that is used to support our students in their efforts to create and establish healthy, lasting relationships. This Healthy Relationships Initiative now includes semester-long seminars, a weekend retreat, Residence Life staff training, orientation events and other presentations and programs through the academic year.
Topics have included:
- Catholic Teachings and Sexuality
- Understanding Men and Women
- Dating and Hooking Up
- Family of Origin Impact
- Pornography and Abuse
- Values Auction: Which are Non-Negotiable?
- Communication, Social Media and Building Relationships
- A Night Out as Friends
- From Friendship to Romance
- Unhealthy Relationships
Through the Healthy Relationship programming, during which Church teaching is presented, students are discussing, arguing, comparing, considering and, finally, deciding how to best move forward in light of that teaching.
For more information, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 724-805-2567 or StudentAffairs@stvincent.edu.