Bates Center for Student Life

Bates Center for Student Life

Audio Tour Transcript

The Bates Center for Student Life is home to a wide variety of student spaces, as well as one of our two main dining halls. Bates has a buffet-style dining hall with options for everyone, including a salad bar, pasta and pizza stations, an allergen-free section, and even a gelato bar. All campus dining options have kosher, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. So regardless of your preferences or needs, there's something delicious waiting for you.

Bates is where you'll find all-day brunch on the weekends and Midnight Breakfast at the end of each semester. No other study break quite beats having the College president serve you pancakes in the middle of the night.

Bates also houses many student spaces, including our radio station, WSLC, our student newspaper, The Phoenix, the Interfaith space, and the LGBTQIA+ space.

Bates is also home to Common Ground, an affirming and reflective space centered around black, indigenous, and students of color and student activism.

Many affinity groups meet in Common Ground, including Harambee, our Black Student Union; Unidad, our LatinX Student Union; Kula, our Asian and Pacific Islander Student Union; and QPOC, an organization for and by queer people of color.

Down the hall from Common Ground are the offices of Student Affairs and Career Services. Career Services is a fantastic resource. In addition to helping students find and fund internships, they conduct mock interviews, edit résumés, and provide tons of resources for postgrad life. Career Services regularly hosts job fairs, so students can meet potential employers and learn more about what's out there. SLC students intern at museums, hospitals, government agencies, publishing houses, nonprofits, art festivals, TV networks, scientific research centers, and everything in between.

Bates is also where you'll find our Community Partnerships Office, which connects students with community organizations in Westchester and New York City. Students volunteer in community gardens, provide childcare for newly immigrated families, introduce elementary students to science and health topics, and more.

One particularly longstanding partnership is the Right to Write program. Since 1995, MFA grad students and undergraduates have facilitated writing workshops with incarcerated individuals at the Westchester County Correctional Facility. The program culminates in a book of poetry generated by all the workshop participants, read aloud at the SLC Poetry Festival each year.

If you're thinking about pursuing a career in health care or law, there are dedicated pre-professional advisers to help you plan your courses and navigate test prep and grad school applications. If you're interested in business and marketing, there's a wealth of entrepreneurship and mentorship opportunities at your disposal.