Language Exchange Program
The Gateway Language Exchange Program is based on the idea that in
order to learn any language, there’s no substitute for simply
talking to people! This program pairs English Language Learners
(ELLs) who want to practice English with an English-speaker who, in
turn, wants to practice the native language spoken by the ELL. For
example, an ESL learner from Colombia who needs to practice her
English might be paired with an American-born student who is
studying Spanish. Language Exchange partners generally start meeting
for one hour each week for conversation practice, though some pairs
choose to increase this amount of time. Meetings take place in the
Gateway Center. During each session, half of the session is spent
speaking in one language, and the other half in the other language.
Immersion (no translation or use of the language not being
practiced) is strongly encouraged! To apply, please fill out the
information. We will notify you when we have found a partner for
The Volunteer Army
service is an integral part of the student’s educational and
personal development. In addition to giving back to the community,
students gain experience, learn about the community in which they
live, work or go to school in, enabling them to participate in the
life of the community.
The Volunteer Army promotes community service on campus and serves
as a resource and connection point between students, both
individuals and campus clubs and community organizations that need
support. The club will:
Coordinate a “Volunteer Week” to encourage and recognize
volunteer projects that students have participated in
- Coordinate volunteer opportunities for individuals and
groups throughout the year
Provide information about available volunteer
opportunities on and off campus
Coordinate with local organizations to plan
volunteer projects to participate in community projects
For more information about the club or to
discuss a volunteer opportunity, come visit us.
The club meets every other Wednesday during common hours in
the Technology building room Tec 13K.
You can also email us at
Center Monthly Film Series
The Gateway Center Monthly Film
Series is free of charge for all students and the off-campus
community. The series
will feature outstanding films representing many countries.
Many of these films will tell the story of people who find
themselves in a new country or culture, whether they be immigrants,
tourists or staying temporarily, either for employment or education.
Other films may deal with the issues of assimilation into the new
culture or coping with everyday life. There will be a
moderator for each film who will provide an introduction and lead a
brief discussion afterward, time permitting. All performances
take place at 11:15am in The Gateway Center’s Davis Auditorium;
doors open at 11:00am.
For more information call Eridania Camacho at
914-606-5616. For information on specific films, click on
Calendar of events.
All films are subject to change based on DVD
Mi Hermana Mayor Mentoring Program
In the fall of 2010, The Gateway Center embarked on a new
partnership with El Centro Hispano, a thriving community based
organization in White Plains. Together with Manhattanville College
and the White Plains School District, we developed and inaugurated
Mi Hermana Mayor, a mentoring and community service program that
pairs college Latinas with middle school Latina students from
Eastview Middle School. The college students meet weekly with
their middle school “hermanas” to encourage their academic success
and support their college aspirations. Program participants
work with community/corporate role models and perform community
The Mi Hermana Mayor program has been designed around an environment
that values the students’ Latino heritage, culture and language.
The program involved field trips to cultural and historical points
of interest as well as college and university campuses. Parent
involvement is encouraged through workshops on a variety of
pertinent topics during the year.
For more information visit us at:
http://www.elcentrohispano.org/index or by calling (914)
Cultural Events and Lecture Series
The Gateway’s 175 seat auditorium hosts artists from around the
world, expanding on the college’s renowned, long-running offerings
such as the Smart Arts Cultural Series, Celebrity Salons, and
President’s Forum. This new space helps the college to further
celebrate diversity as it hosts international musicians, dramatic
performers, and distinguished leaders in areas ranging from
government to finance and literature.