Intercultural Experience Program

The Intercultural Experience Program is a pre-orientation experience for first-year students that provides a mix of social activities and discussion groups to explore identity as well as a mentor to walk with you as you begin your journey.

Intercultural Experience Program

Friday, August 24 & Saturday, August 25, 2018 

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 Sibling". 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.

About the Intercultural Experience Program

The Intercultural Experience Program (IEP) is a pre-orientation experience for first-year students that provides a mix of social activities and discussion groups to explore identity, diversity, and inclusion. Each participant will be matched with a "Big Sibling" from the Advocates for a Brighter Stonehill Leadership Program who will serve as a mentor and guide for them as they begin their journey at Stonehill.

This program is open to all incoming first-year students who are interested in meeting students from diverse backgrounds. International students are strongly encouraged to attend this program.

Information for IEP 2018 will be made available by early April 2018!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost associated with the Intercultural Experience Program (IEP)?

There are no additional costs related to IEP. You are, however, responsible for your own transportation to arrive here one (1) day prior to the First-Year Orientation.

If I participate in the program, when should I arrive at Stonehill?

Move-in day for IEP is on Friday, August 24, 2018 between 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Participants report to their assigned residence hall to pick up their room keys. The first IEP session starts at 12 p.m. 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 IEP activities. If you are attending the Intercultural Experience Program, you are expected to participate in the entire program, which ends on Saturday at 12:00pm.

Is there a limit on the number of participants?

All participants must register by August 1, and registration is limited to the first 50 participants.

Are commuter students allowed to attend IEP?

Yes! We have had a number of first-year commuter students attend the program. Your day will simply begin at lunch with the students and families, and you can rejoin the students on campus Saturday morning if you are not staying on campus overnight.

I cannot attend the program. Can I still be matched with an Advocate for a Brighter Stonehill?

Yes. The close relationship that the Advocates for a Brighter Stonehill have with their "little siblings" goes beyond IEP. Many Big Siblings have stayed in touch with their little siblings throughout their years at Stonehill and have developed important and meaningful relationships.

If you cannot attend the program, will can still match you with an Advocate for a Brighter Stonehill; however, you will need to email or stop by Duffy 149 to request one. 

If I attend the program, will I still attend the orientation that the other students attend?

Yes! The Intercultural Experience Program ends just as the First-Year Orientation begins. You will not miss any part of the Fall Orientation!

Will I be welcomed at the Intercultural Experience Program?

At the Intercultural Experience Program, we talk openly about race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, accessibility and many other issues that make us who we are. Our student leaders – the "Big Siblings" – have all gone through extensive training and workshops to learn how to be effective allies to many different communities, including but not limited to the LGBTQ+ community and communities of color. And, we strive to create both a safe and brave environment for all the participants! 

Why is there an additional orientation session to discuss diversity issues? 

Diversity and inclusion are important to living and learning at Stonehill, and our commitment is infused in many of our programs here. Students who want to start their Stonehill experience meeting diverse groups of people often choose to attend this program because of our very open, welcoming and accepting process. 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!