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 Center for Identity + Inclusion’s pre-orientation program! This exciting opportunity is designed to help foster a strong sense of community and belonging. By building peer networks, engaging in conversations about identity, and examining culture throughout different Chicago neighborhoods, participants will be better prepared and more confident as they navigate their transition to campus in the fall. This program is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and LGBTQ Student Life. 

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

College Students: [September 18th-September 23rd] We welcome College Students to campus for an in-person experience, from Wednesday, September 18th through Monday, September 23rd. The program is led by a dedicated team of full-time staff members and Peer Advisors, who are current student leaders. The schedule includes small group activities, excursions to museums and cultural attractions, student panels, and more. Housing and meals are provided at no cost to participants during the pre-orientation program. 

Graduate/Professional Students: [August 2024] Our virtual format allows as many Graduate/Professional Students to participate as possible. This program includes three interactive virtual sessions during August plus an in-person welcome event at the Center for Identity + Inclusion in mid-September. Students are assigned to current graduate/professional students who help facilitate sessions and answer any questions that arise. Look below for a sample schedule of our graduate and professional orientation sessions. 

Questions about pre-orientation? Please email us at 

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. If you would like to learn more about how to support our Pre-Orientation Programs and other Center initiatives, email us at 

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

What is the Center for Identity + Inclusion? 
The Center for Identity + Inclusion – home to the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, LGBTQ Student Life, and Student Support Services – is a three-story student center located in the heart of campus. Our offices work to enhance the experiences of students of color and multicultural students; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students; and first-generation, lower-income, and immigrant (FLI) students – including undocumented and DACAmented students. We offer a wide variety of programs/resources throughout the year (i.e. speakers, panel discussions, workshops/trainings, social and community building opportunities) and also love supporting student-driven initiatives. The building has a variety of lounges and meeting spaces, and students often describe it as a “home away from home.”  We invite you to watch a brief welcome video (just under 2 minutes) to hear directly from some of our alumni.

What are the dates for the CI+I Pre-Orientation Program? 
The program will take place Wednesday, September 18th through Monday, September 23rd. 

Who leads the program and how will we be spending our time? 
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, presentations by/conversations with campus and community leaders, excursions to museums and cultural attractions, student panels, and more.

What should I bring with me? 
We will be staying in a residence hall that is assigned for summer programs. We encourage you to pack a separate bag for the 5-day pre-orientation program. For students who are not living in the summer program residence hall for the remainder of the school year, your linens (blanket, pillow, sheets, and towels) will be provided. If you are assigned to live in the summer residence hall as your full-term housing assignment, you will not be provided with linens. When you arrive, you will be able to store luggage that you won’t need during the program in your term housing building. 

When will I move to my term-time housing assignment? 
Students will be able to move into their term housing when the program ends. 

Is there a cost to the program? 
Housing and meals will be provided at no cost to participants.

Session 1: Get to Know CI+I + Friends
We can't wait to meet you - and for you to meet fellow students from across schools and divisions. The plan is to share a little bit about CI+I's history and staff, introduce you to UChicago alumni who will provide valuable insights into starting your academic program and making the most of your time on campus, and then introduce you to your Peer Advisors!

Session 2: Battling Imposter Syndrome
Don't miss this session with UChicago Student Wellness. Attendees will learn how to identify experiences of imposter syndrome as graduate and professional students and develop skills to address these moments while on campus. After the session, you will break into your advisory groups for a small group discussion. 

Session 3: Campus Partners
Our campus partners are filled with valuable resources and host amazing programs and initiatives across campus. Tune into this session to hear about unique ways to build your network, learn about upcoming events, and then have one final break out with your advisory group.