Orientation Update - June 30, 2020
As the month of June draws to a close, I’m writing to provide an update on the Cooper Union Orientation 2020 planning. The whole campus is coming together to provide you with a great orientation experience that brings you into our community and equips you with the information and tools you’ll need to thrive as a Cooper Union student. Everyone at Cooper is excited to start engaging with you in advance of the formal start of our school year.
We are currently working to pair each new undergraduate student (including transfer students) with a returning upper-class student to serve as a peer mentor. Thank you to those of you that completed the pairing request form. For those of you have not, and wish to, you can still complete the form here. New students will receive the contact information for their peer mentor the week of July 27th to allow you to communicate over the month of August and throughout your first year. You’ll be given your peer mentor’s contact information, but they’ll reach out to you directly to help break the ice and start your dialogue.
As I noted in my previous message, we will be communicating with you throughout the summer to start preparing you for your studies at Cooper Union and for the new experiences and relationships you’ll be building.
We’ll begin with some materials for you to review and think through and then as we enter August, we’ll begin providing more in-depth information about your new student experience. All of this is designed to help provide you with the tools, resources, skills, and connections that you’ll need when you officially join our community in late August.
Here is an initial schedule of the topics and themes we’ll be covering with you during the Orientation period before classes begin:
Week of July 13 - Transitioning from High School to College
Week of July 20 - Cooper Union Educational Systems and Technology
Week of July 27 - Student Life – Clubs, Organizations, and Student Government
Meet your Peer Mentor
Week of August 3 - Welcome to your Academic Program
Career Development and the World of Work
Week of August 10 - Student Wellbeing, Health, and Healthy Relationships
Week of August 17 - Community Standards and Expectations
Week of August 24 - Critical Thought and Difficult Dialogues – Focus on Intersectional Justice
Academic Support Resources
Week of August 31 - Classes Begin!
Orientation programs and updates will continue throughout the fall 2020 semester as you begin your studies with us.
Beginning July 13, 2020, you’ll be provided with a weekly Orientation Bulletin that outlines the topics of that week and provides you with the key resources you’ll need as you continue your journey with us. Resources will be a combination of videos, virtual meetings, online courses, and materials to read and review. All these materials will also be housed in one central location for you to access throughout your first year and beyond. More information about how and when to begin accessing this central location will be sent in a later Orientation Bulletin and will be our focus the week of July 20.
In addition to the topics and themes noted above, we’ll also be offering regular virtual social activities for you to engage in where you can get to know your fellow new students as well as begin to get to know our current student body. We’ll provide regular updates to you these opportunities to engage and we’ll also include them in the weekly Orientation Bulletins.
Earlier this week, I sent a student life update to our returning students. That update can be found here. Please review that communication for some important information about student life in the fall.
I want to provide a few important reminders as well.
New Student Health Forms and Immunizations
and work with you as you continue to join this amazing community.