Orientation and On-Boarding

Theory of Transformation:  Orientation and On-Boarding

Key actions to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion through orientation and on-boarding of new students, faculty, and staff include:

  • Common Read program during New Student Orientation with reading selection focused on equity and inclusion
  • New Student Orientation helping students “engage with people from a variety of backgrounds different than their own” and “make connections with people over shared interests and identities,” through:
    • Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging unit in New Student Orientation Online Summer Module
    • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism (IDEA) workshop for all new students hosted by the Taylor Center, addressing social identities, power and privilege, and social justice
    • Virtual affinity spaces during the summer for incoming students from underrepresented groups, followed by affinity meal spaces for new students once they are on campus
  • Heritage Scholars year-long orientation program for first-year students of color
  • Identity-specific orientation and transition programming through International Student Orientation, the Student Support Services Summer Bridge Program, and the Student Support Services for Students with Disabilities program
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion themes woven throughout SOAR, with SOAR peer mentors trained in DEI topics such as Mattering and Marginality, Building an Inclusive Community, and Universal Design
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion themes in New Faculty Orientation