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. The interactive sessions will start in August and take place virtually, and they will be facilitated by members of our team with help from Peer Advisors. We can’t wait to welcome you to our student center at 57th/Woodlawn once you’re on campus, and we plan to send out small care packages in the meantime. If you're wondering whether you can participate in the OMSA -and- LGBTQ Student Life programs, the answer is yes!  

*You can see tentative schedules for both programs (not including optional social activities) below.*

INCOMING STUDENTS: CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

CURRENT STUDENT LEADERS: CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO BE A PEER ADVISOR

Questions? Please email inclusion@uchicago.edu 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. You are welcome to participate in one or both programs.

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 inclusion@uchicago.edu or text us at 773.702.5710.  Once again, welcome to UChicago!

Warm wishes,
The Center for Identity + Inclusion Team

Session 1: Get to Know OMSA
Monday, August 2, 6:00-7:30pm CT

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 OMSA's history, our offerings this quarter, and how you can get involved -- and then introduce you to your Peer Advisors!

Session 2: Conversation with University Leadership (Joint Session with LGBTQ Student Life)
Monday, August 9, 6:00-7:30pm CT

Don't miss this session with University leaders, who will explain how the Office of the Provost and Campus and Student Life support students, discuss diversity and inclusion initiatives and priorities for the upcoming year, and share words of wisdom with you as you begin your programs.

Session 3: Making the Transition to UChicago (Joint Session with LGBTQ Student Life)
Monday, August 16, 6:00-7:30pm CT

Our campus partners and members of the UChicago alumni community will provide valuable insights into starting your academic program and making the most of your time on campus.

Session 4: Student Leader Roundtable
Monday, August 23, 6:00-7:30pm CT

Join us for a roundtable discussion with current students of color about their leadership journeys and some of the many opportunities that are available to you.

Stay tuned for more information about optional social activities on Thursday nights!

Session 1: Get to Know LGBTQ Student Life
Tuesday, August 3, 6:00-7:30pm CT

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 queer history on campus, our offerings this quarter, and how you can get involved -- and then introduce you to your Peer Advisors!

Session 2: Conversation with University Leadership (Joint Session with OMSA)
Monday, August 9, 6:00-7:30pm CT

Don't miss this session with University leaders, who will explain how the Office of the Provost and Campus and Student Life support students, discuss diversity and inclusion initiatives and priorities for the upcoming year, and share words of wisdom with you as you begin your programs.

Session 3: Making the Transition to UChicago (Joint Session with OMSA)
Monday, August 16, 6:00-7:30pm CT

Our campus partners and members of the UChicago alumni community will provide valuable insights into starting your academic program and making the most of your time on campus.

Session 4: Roundtable with Student Leaders
Tuesday, August 24, 6:00-7:30pm CT

Join us for a roundtable discussion with current students who identify as LGBTQ about their leadership journeys and some of the many opportunities that are available to you.

Stay tuned for more information about optional social activities on Thursday nights!

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