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Orientation comprises various activities that you'll participate in, which may include:
"Consensual Sensual: Sexual Violence Prevention and Consent"
This is a powerful theater piece containing a series of vignettes that examine issues of sexual violence, communication, consent, and violence prevention on college campuses. It is written and performed by students from the Five Colleges.
Hampshire's Academic Program
Students and faculty members will engage in dialogue about Hampshire academics and the Division I experience. Faculty members lead these small group information sessions and provide a space for students to ask questions and express concerns. Transfer students will attend sessions specifically about the transfer student experience.Common reading discussion
You've read the book, so what did you think? This is your first opportunity to share your thoughts, opinions, and questions about the common reading with your new classmates and faculty. Tutorial professors will lead discussions for first-year students.
Our Identities, Our Community
Students will participate in a foundational identity workshop designed to help participants to better understand their own multitude of identities, the ways in which they intersect, and how they inform their experience at Hampshire and in the U.S. Participants will be introduced to behaviors that support dialogue in a diverse community, with the goal of empowering themselves and others to continue to engage in conversations about social justice, oppression, power, and privilege on our campus and beyond.
If you're still raring to go after orientation activities, the orientation leaders provide various opportunities for you to further your introduction to Hampshire life.
These activities often take the form of introductions to Hampshire athletics; student group meet and greets; film screenings; and academic program information sessions.
Examples of optional activities include a Queer Spectrum Meet and Greet for queer people and allies to mingle; interactive tours of the community garden and other green spaces on campus; pick-up basketball games; and an opportunity to try the climbing wall.
Orientation ends with an opening celebration, an academic event marking the official beginning of the year. During this important event you'll hear from the President and other prominent members of the College community.