Transitions Programming & Resources
The Center for Orientation, Transitions & Leadership helps students acknowledge and celebrate transitions throughout their undergraduate experience, while working to alleviate the apprehension often associated with change.
The Horizons program supports multicultural students (freshmen to senior) in their matriculation through Providence College. Horizons programming includes a weekend retreat in the Fall semester, as well as a yearlong mentoring program between first year students and upper class students. It is our commitment that students are given the tools to navigate and acclimate to the campus culture while maintaining their identity and cultural values. The program goals include building relationships with peers, developing cultural agility through intercultural interaction, and creating a network of support for multicultural students at Providence College.
The PC1G initiative was designed to help first-generation students and their families find resources and programs, and have their questions answered, so that they may thrive at Providence College. First-year first-generation students are paired with faculty and staff “Partners,” to have direct contact with a resource who can assist them throughout the transition to campus life. To spread awareness of and celebrate the first-generation student experience, members of the community are invited each November to celebrate First-Generation College Student Day. Additionally, students are invited to participate in personal and leadership development programming both on- and off-campus throughout the year, and to recognize the accomplishments of PC’s first-generation seniors at the spring Senior Celebration.
Peer Mentor Program
The Peer Mentoring Program (PMP) is an organization that supports first generation college students in their pursuit of higher education. PMP builds community, offers social and academic support, and creates a reflective environment for students. Unlike other peer mentor programs, we engage in “collaborative mentoring” – mentors both individually and collaboratively support first year students with an emphasis on students of color and international students.
Each September, the Friar Feasts enable new students to meet faculty and staff with whom they can relate, share thoughts and concerns, and build ongoing connections. Through this dinner series, new and returning members of our campus community “break bread” together – discussing the transition to campus life, Common Reading text, opportunities for student engagement, and much more. Faculty and staff interested in serving as table hosts should watch their email for more information in the late spring/summer. New students will receive information about their designated dinner by email in late August.
Life After Friartown Series
The annual Life After Friartown series is an opportunity for seniors to prepare for – and make the most of – life after graduation. Each spring, participants hear from recent PC alumni about their experiences, connect with other seniors sorting out their plans for next year (and beyond), and get prepared and excited for what’s to come. Workshop topics include networking, interviewing, landing your first job, graduate school, living off-campus, financial planning, finding roommates and friends, and more. Seniors: watch the Morning Mail for details on how to sign up!