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Welcome Experience Resources

What is the USC Welcome Experience?


Intentional Programs hosted within the first 6 weeks of each semester to support student needs as they become acclimated and need support.

Create opportunities for students to:

  • Investigate intellectual and educational goals.
  • Discover wellness models and promote a safe and healthy lifestyle where individuals and communities thrive.
  • Explore curricular and co-curricular activities, resources, and services that support a successful transition to USC.
  • Engage in interactions designed to build and maintain relationships through supportive dialogues that promote self-reflection, critical thinking and appreciation of individual differences.

Sense of Belonging:

  • Students make connections to peers, staff, faculty and their environment and build support networks to ensure their success throughout their first semester and through graduation.
  • Intentional programming to support student needs as they become acclimated and need support. A combination of academic and co-curricular efforts across the university.
  • Leverage existing “spaces” to build community
    • Student Equity and Inclusion Programs – lounges, group discussions, identity based gatherings
    • Office of Religious and Spiritual Life – Mindful USC, Campfires, faith based identities
    • Recognized Student Organizations – conversations, mentorship, leadership development
    • Social Media and Slack groups – topic/theme based communities for conversation and idea generation

Image repsenting the Welcome Experience Themes: Community, Well-being, Support, Engagement, & Traditions

Hosting Welcome Experience Events

Fall 2020 Welcome Experience Dates:

  • August 6 – September 26, 2020

Types of Events to consider:

  • Community Conversations
  • Trivia Games
  • Lunch & Learn
  • Networking Opportunities with alumni, professors, professionals
  • Craft Workshops
  • Wellness Workshops

Promotion:

Space Reservations:

  • If in person events are allowed, remember to reserve space with the appropriate department. Each department will provide information about capacities, protocols, etc as it becomes available.
  • Trojan Event Services manages space reservations for TCC, Bovard Auditorium, Ground Zero, Tommy’s Place and most outdoor spaces.
    • For spaces not managed by Trojan Events, contact the respective academic unit in which that space resides.

Additional Considerations:

  • Consider hosting virtual events on different platforms (Zoom, Instagram Live, Facebook, Remo, Youtube, etc).
  • If gatherings are allowed:
    • Hand Sanitizer Stations
    • Individually packaged food/beverage
    • Pre-registration and check in for attendees
  • Student Affairs Advertising and Marketing
    • Looking for sponsors for an event? Student Affairs Advertising and Marketing can help identify and secure sponsorships. Contact the team for more information! Alex Cuevas (alex.cuevas@usc.edu) and Laury Wedin (lwedin@usc.edu).

For questions please contact: stuacts@usc.edu

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