What began as an on-campus job in Emmanuel's student center transformed into a new career path for Jessie, one that brought her to Harvard University as a master's candidate in higher education administration.
The start of the 2014-2015 academic year marked the opening of Emmanuel College's Notre Dame Campus, located at 17 Highland Park Street in the historic Fort Hill/Highland Park neighborhood of Roxbury.
After purchasing the property in 2012, the College converted the former home of the Society of St. Margaret's Convent into a center for programs related to its mission—retreats, reflection and prayer, spiritual direction, social justice and service learning.
The Notre Dame Campus houses around 30 upper-class students (as well as a Resident Assistant and a professional-on-call), who have committed to a different college campus experience—one that focuses on community service, social justice and a more reflective life, giving them a deeper sense of Emmanuel's mission and their role in the larger Boston community.
The Notre Dame Campus is situated on 1.65 acres and includes four buildings, ranging from two to four stories and totaling 35,734 square feet. One of the four buildings is the William Lloyd Garrison House, the historic residence of the leader of Boston's anti-slavery cause. Built in the 1840s, this two-story Greek Revival structure is a National Historic Landmark. Additional features of the other buildings on the property include a chapel, library, conference center, residence space, dining/kitchen facilities, and meeting and office spaces, as well as amazing views of the Boston skyline.
The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur operated Notre Dame Academy on Washington Street, just a few short blocks from the site the Notre Dame Campus, from 1854 to 1965, when the school relocated to Hingham, Mass. Today, Notre Dame Street is situated adjacent to Washington Street, in recognition of the Sisters of Notre Dame's impact on the neighborhood. Expanding on this history, the College is developing partnerships to create programs of mutual benefit to the neighborhood.
In the September 22, 2014, article, "Emmanuel College has lofty mission at quiet Roxbury site," resident students say they were drawn to the new campus to serve others in the community.