PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES
Multicultural Ole First Year Program
The Multicultural Ole First Year Program is a first year program geared for incoming students of color and Indigenous students. As part of the program, each new student of color and Indigenous student will be matched to one of our Ole Ambassador, upper class student of color, who will serve as a guide and resource to help students navigate their first year at St. Olaf College. During the academic year we have social events to get you off campus and have fun, workshops on topics that will support your success as an Ole, and mentors check in. For more information or to register in the program email María Pabón Gautier at firstname.lastname@example.orgCONNECT WITH US
International Friendship Program
Cross-cultural exchange program that connects members of the St. Olaf, Northfield, and local communities with international students. The program offers participants the opportunity to build friendships across cultures, across generations, and across communities.Learn More
Taylor Center Honor Houses
The purpose of the Taylor Honor Houses is to create intentional living/learning environments where students engage in dialogues and plan events around issues that support and celebrate different cultures and identities. TAYLOR CENTER HOUSE(S) APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR ARE OPEN! Questions? Contact email@example.com or stop by BC 111Learn More and Apply
International Student First-Year Program
Year-long program to support new degree-seeking international students during their first year. As part of the program, each student is assigned to an International Student Counselor who serves as a cultural bridge, social support and resource to help them navigate their experience. During their first year, students attend orientation sessions facilitated by St. Olaf faculty, staff, and students about adjustment and transition to life in the U.S., immigration regulations, campus resources and how to get involved. The program also includes year round interactive social programs, led by the International Student Counselors, to enhance their learning experience.Learn more
The Coffee Hours are events that create opportunities for collaborative dialogues around issues that currently impact the lives of Oles, especially on areas of identity, global issues, social justice, and culture. It is a powerful way, through conversation, to learn and integrate new ideas about day to day issues.Learn More
The Taylor Center hosts a series of “Cultural Conversations” for students, providing the space for them to engage in conversations with their peers. Each time a faculty or staff member facilitates a conversation addressing various topics on equity and inclusion that enhance the discourse on culture and identity on campus.Learn more
OUT FOR LUNCH SERIES
Out for Lunch Series aims to create space on campus for education and community building centered on the lives and experiences of LGBTQIA+ individuals. Each month, we invite all students, faculty, and staff (LGBTQIA+ identified and those who support this community) to eat a meal together and engage in conversation.More information or to register
POC Theater Ensemble
The POC Ole Theater Ensemble Initiative seeks to utilize theatre pedagogies that will help foster Black and Brown ethnic communities at St. Olaf College. We seek to use theatre pedagogies situated in acting theory and acting as a practice to explore, reflect, and share various Black and Brown ethnic identities and cultural practices. We continuously have several opportunities to use various theatre pedagogies that explore and reflect Black and Brown ethnic identities across campus. The program is supported by the Taylor Center for Equity and Inclusion and To Include Is To Excel grant. For more information or to join the POC Theater Ensemble, email Prof. Michelle Gibbs at firstname.lastname@example.orgLearn about Spring Season 2020!
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Career and Identity Series
The Taylor and Piper Center have launched a series of events that focus on culturally responsive career development and networking opportunities. The events have different formats from panel discussions to formal presentations, employer diversity career fairs, and mingling opportunities. If you have any questions email María Pabón Gautier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Programs: Let’s Have Fun!
We will be offering opportunities throughout the year to engage Let’s Have Fun programs. These programs will range from visiting the Twin Cities to taking cooking classes, get knee deep in the snow, and/or attend a play. It is important that we take time to celebrate who we are and take care of ourselves and each other. If you have any question please email email@example.com.
Taking Care of Me, Taking Care of Us' Workshop Series: A Radical Self-Care
Taking Care of Me, Taking Care of Us' Workshop Series: A Radical Self-Care, Led by Professor Arneshia Williams, brings students together to talk about their bodies, and the intersectionalities between gender and race while suing dance as a vehicle. This workshops provide students opportunities to be confident in their bodies and take a break from the stresses of life. Students will consciously work toward good emotional, psychological and social well-being while building communities. For more information, email Prof. Arneshia Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org