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Pre-Orientation Program

You are invited to apply for Evergreen's pre-orientation program for new students – a 5-day, 2-credit course designed to jump start your Evergreen education! This optional experience is designed to connect you with peers, learn from faculty, and ease into your college experience.

Program Details

2024 program details coming soon!

2023 Program Tracks

Examples of past program tracks:

Civic Engagement Institute

Faculty: Eric Stein and Julia Zay

The Civic Engagement Institute is designed to launch your experience as a co-learner and leader at Evergreen. Our approach to civic engagement emphasizes developing knowledge, capacities, values, and motivation to participate ethically in sustaining the vibrance of our communities, including our own learning community. In our time together, we’ll focus on three aspects of civic engagement:

  1. You will learn about what it means to become scholars and artists engaged in community advocacy or activism by learning about public scholarship, visiting local history projects, and connecting with Olympia artists.
  2. You will learn about community-engaged research and creative inquiry by using field techniques for learning, looking, and listening to their communities–including observation and documentation, interviewing, and self-reflection.
  3. You will explore community-based action and service learning through connecting with Evergreen alumni working in non-profit organizations; in addition, students will volunteer at a local organization during our five-day institute.

Each of our activities will emphasize: a) building awareness of our own identities in the context of the communities we’re a part of, b) community-building among peers and faculty, and c) connecting with potential community partners. 

Multicultural Scholars

Faculty: Hailey Maria Salazar and Prita Lal

The Multicultural Scholars Program is an empowering intensive focused on supporting incoming multi-racial/multi-ethnic students.  The program is open to all incoming students who are interested in supporting historically underrepresented students.  The course is designed as a catalyst to forge lasting connections and lay the groundwork for a successful college career. This 2-credit course is facilitated by First Peoples Multicultural Trans & Queer Support Services in collaboration with faculty, staff, and students. Students will engage in stimulating seminars, immersive projects, and thought-provoking discussions that foster critical thinking and personal growth. This track additionally offers an array of wellness practices and tools for nourishment and balance to prepare students for success. Together, we will challenge preconceived notions, unravel biases, and reshape our understanding of ourselves, our peers, and the world around us.

Biodiversity in Evergreen’s Backyard

Faculty: Paul Przybylowicz and Eric Thuesen

Located at the southern tip of the Puget Sound with over ½ mile of beachfront and about 1,000 acres of forest, Evergreen is located at the intersection of the marine and terrestrial worlds. Join us for explorations of the local flora and fauna as we visit some of the local gems; old-growth forests, marine reserves and local watersheds. We will observe nature at multiple levels, from landscape to microscopic. There will be two all-day field trips and two microscope labs that we will use to examine the local environment and the amazing diversity of life therein. 

Pre-Orientation Benefits

Through the Evergreen pre-orientation program, you will be able to:

  • Connect with faculty, staff, and peers in a diverse, engaging, and supportive collaborative environment
  • Connect with Evergreen’s beautiful 1,000-acre Olympia campus including our forests, beaches, farm and gardens, libraries, labs, studios, and House of Welcome that sits on the traditional lands of the Squaxin Island Tribe
  • Connect your past learning and lived experiences to your current academic, personal, and professional goals and values 
  • Connect with resources, communities, and organizations on campus, in Olympia, and beyond

Additional benefits of participating:

  • If you are living on-campus, move into your housing 5 days earlier than the rest of campus
  • Build trusting relationships and support networks with mentors and your fellow Greeners
  • Participate in workshops that consider topics such as multicultural scholarship, civic engagement, and critical thinking
  • Reflect on the personal and social significance of your learning

Apply today to take control of your academic experience and launch your Evergreen education!

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