A Living and Learning Community

As a Living & Learning community, the Cornerstone Program extends beyond the classroom to offer students an integrated experience of university life.

Cornerstone students live in designated dorms with other students in the program and are invited to take advantage of the many opportunities unique to a residential learning community:

  • Cornerstone Afternoon Tea hosted by the Director and attended by faculty
  • The Cornerstone Transformative Texts Film Series, featuring showings and discussions of films that engage with themes from the Gateway Courses
  • Annual Theatre Trip with faculty
  • Writing Center tutoring in a Cornerstone dorm
  • Professionalization workshops
  • Faculty Lecture Series
  • Faculty-led excursions to museums and historical sites
Cornerstone students at the 2022 NEH lecture

Cornerstone students attending the 2022 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities at President Lincoln's Cottage


Student Leadership

In addition to offering academic and pre-professional support to students who seek to be leaders in their fields and communities, students are also crucial to shaping the future of the Cornerstone Program. 

Students are invited to join the Cornerstone Student Advisory Committee and the four Pathway Advisory Committees. Students on the SAC and the PACs represent the interests of students in the program, foster a sense of community among students, and plan events that serve the intellectual and social interests of their fellow Cornerstone students.

Current student-led activities include:

  • Cornerstone Book Group: a reading group for Cornerstone students that examines great works of literature, philosophy, and political thought.
  • Cornerstone Mentor Program: a program that pairs incoming first-year Cornerstone students and students who join the program in the spring with a current Cornerstone student. Mentors help connect new Cornerstone students to the program and the university. 

For more information about the SAC or PACs, please contact Dr. Taryn Okuma (okuma@cua.edu).  


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