Orientation Support Program
Orientation Support Program
Orientation is an exciting time for new students discovering U of T, and a busy time for everyone working behind the scenes. All of the student leaders in first-entry divisions who help to deliver orientation programming rely on us to provide training and support to make it an awesome experience for everyone involved.
Orientation Coordinator meetings
Regular meetings of the Orientation Coordinators run from April to September. The purpose of these meetings is to share ideas and best practices, coordinate inter-divisional and university-wide events, and provide a mutual support network.
- Thursday, April 6, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 9, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
- Thursday, June 1, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 21,5:30 to 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, July 11, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 1, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 23, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
- Thursday, September 14, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
All meetings will be held in Room 313 of the Koffler Student Services Centre.
Orientation Coordinator training
Planning and running Orientation is a tough job – one that’s even tougher without the right tools. To prepare our Orientation Coordinators for their summer-long task, they participate in a retreat in early May; an equity, diversity and inclusivity workshop; and ongoing training and discussions held in conjunction with regular meetings.
Orientation Coordinator Retreat
Friday, May 12 (5:30 to 8 p.m.) & Saturday, May 13 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Victoria University at the University of Toronto
Equity, Diversity & Inclusivity training
Tuesday, June 20, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Room 313, Koffler Student Services Centre
At least one Orientation Coordinator from every division is required to attend these training sessions.
Optional training modules for Orientation Coordinators & Executives
This series of optional training modules is designed for Orientation Coordinators and Executives interested in developing key skills in the planning and implementation of Orientation programming. Each module will be offered as a separate 90-minute workshop. Orientation Coordinators and Executives are welcome to attend whichever workshops they feel they would benefit from.
The modules currently available are:
- Social Media Management & Accessible Website Design – Thursday, May 11
- Event Planning & Risk Management – Wednesday, May 17 & Thursday, May 25
- Budgeting & Financial Management – Thursday, May 18 & Wednesday, May 24
- Volunteer Management & Recognition – Wednesday, August 2
All workshops listed above will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Room 313 of the Koffler Student Services Centre (214 College Street). Refreshments will be provided.
Joint Orientation Leader Training (JOLT)
To give additional support to Orientation Coordinators, we provide tailored training to Orientation Leaders. JOLT is a four-hour training program focusing on the fundamental skills and knowledge required by an Orientation Leader to welcome and support new students to U of T.
Orientation is an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming for our incoming students. In order to best assist these students as they join the U of T community, we need Orientation Leaders who understand equity and inclusivity, how to be an active bystander, and some of the issues faced by our new students as they begin their transition to university life. JOLT provides this information through a mix of interactive presentations and small group discussions.
This training is open to all Orientation Leaders on the St. George campus.
JOLT session dates for 2017 are as follows:
- Saturday, August 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Thursday, August 31, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Thursday, August 31, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Friday, September 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Friday, September 1, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Orientation Incentive Grants
Orientation Coordinators from first-entry divisions who attend regular meetings, participate in all required trainings, ensure their Orientation Leaders attend JOLT, comply with agreed upon minimum standards, and file a post-Orientation report make their division eligible for a grant toward the following year's orientation programming.
For more information about the Orientation Support Program at U of T, please contact your divisional Orientation Coordinator, or contact us:
Lead Coordinator, Orientation, Transition & Engagement
21 Sussex Avenue, Room 318
Toronto, ON M5S 1J6