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Student Engagement

Explore New Interests

College is more than classes and study sessions. It’s the perfect time to try something new. Sing in a choir. Plan events with the Campus Engagement and Activity Team. Build a house with Habitat for Humanity.

Experiences outside the classroom are an important part of your education. Join a club or group that matches your interests or venture beyond your comfort zone. You’ll become more well-rounded. More aware. More interesting.

Do things you never imagined possible. Broaden your worldview. Find friends who share your interests. Have fun.

Questions? Contact us!

Department of Student Life

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Whitney Smith

Assistant Dean of Students for Engagement

Whitney has worked in student engagement for 20 years and received her bachelor of science degree in biology from BC in 2001. The best part of her job is helping students find their place and excel as they learn and grow outside of the classroom, try new things, and experience the different facets of campus recreation. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, camping and working in their garden.

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Sam Huyard

Director of Student Engagement and Leadership

Samantha is a two-time alumna from Chapman University receiving her B.A. in Theatre Studies and M.A. in Leadership Development with an emphasis in Higher Education. At Bridgewater, she works with our clubs and organizations, the programming board, student representation, oversees spirit initiatives and the mascot program, develops leadership opportunities, plans traditional events including Homecoming, Family Weekend, SpringFest, etc., and works with Commuter students. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and spending time on the water.

Tori Tyler

Coordinator of Student Involvement and Belonging

Tori serves as the Coordinator of Student Involvement and Belonging at Bridgewater College. She graduated from James Madison University with a Masters of Education in Counselor Education concentrating in College Student Personnel Administration. Prior to JMU, Tori received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. At Bridgewater, Tori fosters student engagement by working with student organizations and facilitating programs. In her free time, she enjoys being outside and spending time with family.