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Purposeful Work

Purposeful Work isn’t a Kind of work.

It’s a program designed to help you discover a path that’s right for you. Each year, we select a group of Bates students who embody the mission of the Bates Center for Purposeful Work. Meet the 2018 Cohort below.

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Purposeful Work By the Numbers

We take a data-driven approach to program design, management, and improvement. Iteration is a crucial part of the process.

90% of the class in 2018 have participated in Purposeful Work programming
94% of students would encourage their peers to take Purposeful Work infusion classes
97% of employers agreed that their Purposeful Work intern added value to their organization

Since the inception of the Purposeful Work initiative, Bates seniors’ confidence in their own career-related abilities has increased significantly in all measures surveyed.

Why It Matters

Watch Rebecca Fraser-Thill, Director of Faculty Engagement and Outreach and lecturer in Psychology, deliver an invitation to parents during Orientation.

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Dianna Georges '22 of Clifton, N.J., was one of approximately 100 Bates students who stopped by Chase Lounge this afternoon to participate in social justice printmaking, sponsored by the @bates_multifaith Multifaith Chaplaincy and the Bates Arts Society . Swipe left to see a few scenes from this innovative event — Printmaking at Free Press — that involved rolling ink out onto stamps carved by a variety of talented Bates artists and using those stamps to make designs on the canvas of the participants’ choice. The Multifaith Chaplain’s Office provided posters and canvas tote bags to print on, and students were invited to bring whatever else they needed for artistic embellishment. No prior art experience or skill was necessary — Bates artists were there to guide everyone through the printmaking process. . The event was conceived of and organized by the Bates Stringfellow coordinators Emma Soler '19 of Bethesda, Md., and Fabian Miemietz '21 of Schliengen, Germany (see a picture of them holding examples of their work). Said Soler: "As Stringfellow coordinators we try to nurture and cultivate activism on campus. We wanted to create a space where activism could be fun and engaging and where people can get excited about these causes and are driven to take more action in the future.” . The idea for idea this event, says Soler, came from a similar event at Guilford College @freepressguilfordcollege . (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) #batescollege #art #printmaking #socialjustice #activism #creativity

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Dianna Georges '22 of Clifton, N.J., was one of approximately 100 Bates students who stopped by Chase Lounge this afternoon to participate in social justice printmaking, sponsored by the @bates_multifaith Multifaith Chaplaincy and the Bates Arts Society
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Swipe left to see a few scenes from this innovative event — Printmaking at Free Press — that involved rolling ink out onto stamps carved by a variety of talented Bates artists and using those stamps to make designs on the canvas of the participants’ choice. The Multifaith Chaplain’s Office provided posters and canvas tote bags to print on, and students were invited to bring whatever else they needed for artistic embellishment. No prior art experience or skill was necessary — Bates artists were there to guide everyone through the printmaking process.
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The event was conceived of and organized by the Bates Stringfellow coordinators Emma Soler '19 of Bethesda, Md., and Fabian Miemietz '21 of Schliengen, Germany (see a picture of them holding examples of their work). Said Soler:

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