Pre-Orientation Programs

Summer Opportunities for Incoming Students of Color and LGBTQ Students

We encourage incoming students of color and LGBTQ+ students to join our affinity-based cohort programs – sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) and LGBTQ Student Life – which are designed to help foster a strong sense of community and belonging. These are exciting opportunities to start building peer networks, engage in conversation with student leaders and key administrators, learn about all that our offices have to offer... and have some fun!

Our pre-orientation programs are open to both College and Graduate/Professional Students:

College Students: This year, we are thrilled to welcome College Students to campus for a 5-day in-person experience, from Thursday, September 15 through Monday, September 19 (at which point students will be able to move to term housing).  The program will be led by a dedicated team of full-time staff members and Peer Advisors, who are current student leaders. The schedule will include small group activities, excursions to museums and cultural attractions, meals with alumni, and more.  Housing and meals will be provided at no cost to participants during the 5-day program.

Graduate/Professional Students: We are moving forward with a hybrid format to allow as many Graduate/Professional Students to participate as possible. This interactive program will begin with weekly virtual sessions, which will be facilitated by members of our team with help from Peer Advisors, and end with an in-person welcome event at the Center for Identity + Inclusion. We are looking at a mid-August start with sessions on Mondays from 6:00-8:00pm CT (plus optional social engagements), and topics are based on student feedback from the previous year.

One of our goals at the Center for Identity + Inclusion is to offer programs and resources at no cost to students, though we welcome gifts from alumni and friends.


CURRENT STUDENT LEADERS: Please check back for our Peer Advisor application!

Questions? Please email or text 773.702.5710.

Dear New Students,

Welcome to the University of Chicago! We could not be more excited to meet you.

We would like to take this opportunity to highlight one of many resources available to support students of color and LGBTQ students. The Center for Identity + Inclusion (CI+I), home to the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) and LGBTQ Student Life, is a beautiful three-story student center located in the heart of campus at 57th/Woodlawn. It has been a home away from home for many students over the years, and we hope the same is true for you.

Our full-time staff and student staff work hard to develop an exciting menu of programs each quarter. We plan to kick off the year with pre-Orientation programs – sponsored by OMSA and LGBTQ Student Life – that are designed to create a strong sense of community and belonging for incoming students. These are great opportunities to start building peer networks, engage in conversation with student leaders and key administrators, and learn more about all that our offices have to offer. 

We also enjoy supporting student-driven programming, and there is a strong network of culturally-based and identity-based student groups on campus. We are happy to help identify groups that may be of interest to you – and to make personal introductions. This individualized support is an important part of our work. Our team members are always available to chat, celebrate an accomplishment, troubleshoot a concern, or connect you with campus and community resources. Consider us part of your support network as you embark on this new adventure.

Interested in learning more or getting involved? We encourage you to watch our welcome video (just under 2 minutes) to hear directly from some of our alumni – and then sign up for summer updates (it’s never too early). We will reach out soon!

If you have any questions or if we can be of assistance in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to email us at or text us at 773.702.5710.  Once again, welcome to UChicago!

Warm wishes,
The Center for Identity + Inclusion Team

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