STLCOP Summer Reading Program

On ImmunityThe STLCOP Summer Reading Program (SSRP) welcomes new students to the College’s intellectual community through the thoughtful exploration of meaningful questions in the health humanities.

Together with faculty, staff and student volunteers all future STLCOP graduates begin their formal preparations for careers in health care by reading and personally responding to a common text chosen specifically to engage the human side of medicine.

The work for each summer’s program begins many months before as faculty, staff and current students prepare the journal prompts, video commentaries, and other resources that new students will use to record their responses to the text. In June, new students learn how to use the College’s academic management software to archive their journal responses together with the rest of the incoming students.

During New Student Orientation, first-year students meet with their orientation leaders, along with faculty and staff volunteers to edit their responses for inclusion in the SSRP digest, the composite record of the new class’ response to health humanities questions raised by the text.

The new students also share their creative responses in their SSRP projects. These multifaceted efforts culminate early in the academic year with a talk about the SSRP text that simultaneously concludes the summer reading program and kicks off the College’s annual Liberal Arts Convocations (LAC) series. Students can look forward to subsequent convocations and possible course assignments that continue to engage the SSRP themes.

Learn more the current SSRP theme and previous themes.