First-years at Dickinson are offered support through the many faculty, staff and upper-level students who are available to help students transition in to the college environment.
Mentors serve as an excellent resource for students as they begin navigating their way through college life. Both faculty and student mentors strive to promote intellectual, social and personal development during their entire first year at Dickinson.
The First-Year Mentor (FY Mentor) provides an opportunity for upper-level students to help new students experience a positive transition to college. The FY Mentors will be assigned to one First-Year Interest (FIG) Group and act as a guide through new student orientation and throughout the first year of college. Mentors offer peer insight into academic and social life at college, as well as help introduce students to activities and events on campus.
Learning Community Coordinator
A Learning Community Coordinator (LCC) is an upper-level student who works with faculty and the Associate Provost for First-Year Programs to help create and sustain a successful learning community. In the fall semester, LCCs work closely to support faculty efforts to guide and shape the learning communities through their work within and across particular First-Year seminars. LCCs play a faculty support role in supporting and facilitating residence-hall-based programs to explore the themes of the learning community.
RAs are intellectual, academic, and social role models who work to create an intellectually engaged diverse student community. Learn more about the Resident Advisor position.
First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs)
A FIG is made up of one FY Mentor and approximately 10-20 new students who select into the interest group. Groups meet regularly through the academic year and are based upon a specific interest, passion or identity that helps build small communities for new students as they begin their college experience.
First-year students are asked to identify and select specific interests from a list of FIGs prior to their arrival. The 2014-2015 FIGs are:
- Art & Design
- Campus Activities and Leadership
- Community Service
- Computers, Gaming and Technology
- Creative Writing and Journalism
- Food from Farm to Table
- Gender and Sexuality
- Global Perspectives
- Outing Experiences
- Politics and Law
- Pop Culture
- Religion and Spirituality
- Science and Society
- Social Justice
- Sustainable Development and Green Technology
- Theatre and Dance