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The College has implemented a required first-year seminar

program to increase the sense of community among first-year

students, improve retention and better prepare students to

engage the curriculum. Faculty members have developed an

intriguing group of courses ranging from topics on the civil rights

revolution and the biology of nutrition, to the “Mathematics

behind Games and Gambling” and “How Groundbreaking

Technologies Impact Social Relationships.” Further, as a pilot

program, the College has mirrored the concept of the Affinity

Community Housing project, renovating Wesley Hall to house

residential first-year seminars on the building’s first floor.

As part of her first year seminar

on “Race, Crime and Wrongful

Conviction: A Look at the Central

Park Five Case,” Professor Kerry

Richmond took her first-year

seminar students to New York

City this fall to meet with one of

the members of the Central Park

Five and with a staff member

of the Innocence Project, the

organization that worked to

exonerate the five men.