Pre-Orientation Program Director Search

Harvard College is launching a new Pre-Orientation Program for students in the Class of 2022. The purpose of the program is to more thoroughly orient students to the academic life and culture of Harvard  and to build community for those who participate.   Students who are first-generation in their family to attend college, those from low to modest-income backgrounds, or those whose high schools are typically under-represented in the Ivy League will be encouraged to participate.   The program, which is not yet named, will be run out of the Freshman Dean’s Office (FDO), in collaboration with the Advising Programs Office (APO), and is set to take place Aug. 23-26, 2018.  


The FDO is hiring a part-time Program Director to develop and oversee the program as well as serve as a dedicated adviser to students throughout their first year. FGHA members are invited to apply and we ask you to please circulate this opportunity who anyone who might be interested in the role.  Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.  Final due date for applications is 9am on Monday, November 20, 2017.  Interviews will be conducted the week of December 4, 2017


Contact Katie Steele, Director of College Initiatives and Student Development with questions about the Program Director role or the Pre-Orientation Program.


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"First Generation" is a group of Harvard alumni who are the first members of their families to attend college and who seek to support current first-generation students. Our mission is to make Harvard a better place for current first-generation students and help them to navigate Harvard successfully. We achieve this goal through mentoring, advocacy and providing networking opportunities. Thanks to the generosity of the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative, first-generation students make up a substantial portion (up to 18%) of today’s undergraduate student body.


Every summer, first-generation students may request a mentor for their freshman year.  First Generation Alumni are matched with students based on interest, location, background and other characteristics.  Mentors and students determine how and when they will meet or chat throughout the year and the time commitment is usually less than two hours per month. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, we matched more than 100 alumni mentors with over 100 freshmen mentees each year.  


Throughout the year, and especially from January through March, students seek career advice.  FGSU hosts well-attended panel discussions at Harvard with FGHA alumni through the Office of Career Services. If you would like to serve on a panel, have time to review a few resumes or offer informational interviews, please let us know. Networking also takes place informally at social events in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles.


From time to time, First Generation Alumni voices help current students bring the administration’s attention to their needs.  Advocates of first-generation students also participate in gatherings on to welcome students, at Parents’ Weekend, with Admissions and the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative in April, and at ad hoc dinners during each semester.

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