Through the Office of Student Programming (OSP), a team of Candler staff and students facilitate community activities, discussions, and relationships. Throughout the year Candler faculty, students and staff gather for Community Conversations to listen and learn from one another. Relationships are also formed through more informal times of interaction as the Candler community and their families gather socially for meals, coffeehouses, and other festive events.
Several times each semester the OSP facilitates formal conversations on topics of critical importance to Candler students. Faculty, leaders of local faith communities, and students offer their perspective on a variety of issues and invite dialogue from the entire Candler community around these questions.
The Candler Chronicle is a weekly publication that highlights diverse opportunities available to students through Candler, Emory University, and the wider Atlanta area. Every week, students choose from an extended list of events and activities—from nationally renowned guest speakers to workshops on a variety of topics to opportunities for worship and service. Through the Chronicle, students learn about the many resources available to them at Candler. They find other individuals and groups who are passionate about the same areas of leadership and ministry. They also discover a variety of ways to explore questions that arise both in the classroom and in congregational settings.
The OSP advises chartered Student Organizations that make up the Candler Coordinating Council (C3), as well as other student groups. Through these diverse groups, students build community around particular issues that interest them. Student organizations facilitate special events to educate and engage the wider Candler community. Through student organizations Candler students also participate in service and dialogue with other communities and non-profit ministries in Atlanta.
The Candler Community gathers to celebrate important holidays and events together. Candler traditions, such as the Early Thanksgiving Dinner and the end-of-the-year Spring Banquet are occasions for community interaction and a break from the rigors of the academic year. Less formal events such as coffeehouses and community outings also provide a forum where students can share their talents as well as get to know other students and faculty.
The OSP offers support to all international students, beginning with orientation programs and including advising, support, and community gatherings throughout the year. Audrey Hindes, Program Associate for Academic and International Support, facilitates a variety of forums for international students to share their gifts, ideas, and questions with Candler faculty and the larger student body.