Pre-Orientation Programs

Summer 2021 Opportunities for 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!

The interactive sessions will start in August and take place virtually (though we can’t wait to welcome you to our student center at 57th/Woodlawn once you’re on campus). If you’re an undergraduate student wondering whether you can apply for one or both of these programs -and- another program offered through the College, the answer is yes!

*You can see a sample schedule from last year's OMSA program below. The LGBTQ Student Life program is brand new, and we'll share updates as soon as they are available.*


Not ready to apply just yet? Sign up for a reminder.

Questions? Please email or text 773.702.5710.

Dear Members of the Class of 2025,

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 in the College. 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 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
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.

Session 2: Conversation with University Leadership
Don't miss this session with University leaders, who will explain how the Office of the Provost supports 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: Panel with UChicago Alumni
There are quite a few UChicago alumni who work at the University and bring unique and valuable perspectives. Join us for a panel discussion with alumni of color about their experiences as students - and how their work on campus shapes your experiences.

Session 4: Roundtable with Student Leaders
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.

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