Accepted students who are interested in learning more about diversity at Stonehill are invited to campus on Friday before First Year Orientation for our Intercultural Experience Program. Students participate in workshops, discussion groups, fun social activities, and meet their "Big Brother or Sister". In these workshops, we discuss issues of diversity, get to know other students from diverse communities and experiences, and prepare for our own leadership at Stonehill College.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is there an additional orientation session to discuss diversity issues?
Diversity is an important part of living and learning at Stonehill, and our commitment is infused in many of our programs here. We also realize that there are individuals who want to have more conversations, who want to meet people with the same passion, and who want to expand their network of friends at Stonehill. Students of all backgrounds are welcome and strongly encouraged to sign up!
In addition to learning about Stonehill's commitment to diversity, many students of color (those who share an African, Latino, Asian, Native American heritage) choose to attend this pre-orientation program to start building a network of people who can relate to them as students of color in a predominantly white environment. While Stonehill is a welcoming community, many students of color report that the Intercultural Experience Program was helpful in transitioning to this type of environment.
Is there a cost associated with pre-orientation?
There are no additional costs related to pre-orientation.
If I participate in pre-orientation, when should I arrive at Stonehill?
Move-in day for pre-orientation is on Friday, August 22, 2014 from 9am-12:00pm in Duffy Academic Building, room 149 to pick up your keys. Your first pre-orientation session will start at 12:00pm on Friday with a luncheon for you and your family in the Roche Dining Commons. We recommend coming to campus earlier in the day so that you can set up your room and feel settled prior to participating in pre-orientation activities. If you are attending the Intercultural Experience Program, you are expected to participate in the entire program.
I cannot attend pre-orientation. Can I still be matched with an ALANA-A Brother or Sister?
Yes. The close relationship that the ALANA-A Brothers & Sisters have with their "little siblings" goes beyond pre-orientation. Many Brothers & Sisters have stayed in touch with their siblings throughout their years at Stonehill and have developed important and meaningful relationships.
If you cannot attend the pre-orientation, will can still match you with an ALANA-A Brother & Sister at Stonehill; however, you will need to email Ms. Liza Talusan (LTalusan@stonehill.edu) or stop by Duffy 149 to request one.
If I attend the Intercultural Experience Program, will I still attend the orientation that the other students attend?
Yes! The Intercultural Experience Program ends just as the First Year Student orientation begins. You will not miss any part of the Fall Orientation!