WMU News

Students of color get connected with WMU

Aug. 23, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- The Division of Multicultural Affairs will debut a new orientation program for freshman students of color Friday, Aug. 23, through Sunday, Aug. 25.

Called "Get Connected," the program will engage students in discussion and activities related to achieving a sense of membership and belonging as well as introduce them to the academic and social communities at a predominantly white campus. The orientation also will give students an opportunity to connect with minority upperclassmen, organizations, faculty and staff. It complements the 4-year-old Bronco Days program, which assists all freshmen in making a successful transition to college life at WMU.

Among the key components of the new orientation program are plenary sessions led by faculty members; small group interactive discussions; student- and faculty-led panels; and a welcome banquet for students and parents that will feature President Elson S. Floyd, invited faculty guests and representatives from each of the University's academic colleges.

Students who attend all Get Connected sessions as well as all required Bronco Days sessions receive a $1,000 scholarship. For more information, contact Dr. Martha Warfield in the Division of Multicultural Affairs at (269) 387-4420.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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