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Alternative Orientation

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Open to any incoming student who will attend the University of Illinois Urbana campus. Session 1 take place on June 7-8. Session 2 will take place July 5-6. Meals and housing will be provided. Registration deadline is May 15.

What is it?

Alternative Orientation is a day and a half retreat that provides incoming freshmen with the opportunity to explore leadership and community engagement in their new collegiate atmosphere.

Led by real student activists at the University of Illinois, this team-building event is a great way to meet like-minded students, learn how to participate and develop skills as a leader. Make change in the world by identifying and solving real world problems while starting on your path of learning at the University of Illinois. Through participation in community service projects, workshops, speakers, a strengths assessment, as well as interaction with campus leaders, Alternative Orientation participants begin discovering their own path for creating positive sustainable change while at the University of Illinois and beyond.

Learn about the Social Change Model of Leadership, participate in a community service projects explore your personal strengths as a leader, and interact with campus leaders in a fun and productive environment. The Social Change Model of Leadership provides the foundation for the seminar and allows you to learn about leadership in the contexts of individuals, groups, and communities.

Students who attend Alternative Orientation will:

  • Be introduced to the Social Change Model of Leadership
  • Gain familiarity with the University experience and resources
  • Identify issues they are interested in and explore ways to act around these issues
  • Learn about the resources provided by the University YMCA and other campus units to support their efforts towards sustainable change
  • Connect with University of Illinois student leaders who are working on issues they are interested in.

A Brief History:

In 1926, the University YMCA established “Freshman Camp,” to help new students to get oriented and adjusted to University life. The program focused on personal character development and “provided information and tips designed to help freshman to succeed in their academic and social lives, along with a chance to speak and interact with senior students and faculty members.” These conferences were a space for sharing of participants’ hopes, fears, and expectations of college life as well as a forum for addressing serious matters related to higher education. The last conference was held in 1973... until now!

When and Where

Session 1

June 7-8, 2012
Begins at 5:00 PM on Thursday, June 7
Concludes at 4:00 PM on Friday, June 8
University YMCA | 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign
Non-refundable registration fee: $10 (includes meals throughout the program)
Registration fee due by May 15.

Session 2

July 5-6, 2012
Begins at 5:00 PM on Thursday, July 5
Concludes at 4:00 PM on Friday, July 6
University YMCA | 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign
Non-refundable registration fee: $10 (includes meals throughout the program)
Registration fee due by May 15.

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