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.
- Wednesday, April 4, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
- Thursday, April 26, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
- Thursday, May 17, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 6, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 26, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
- Thursday, July 19, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 1, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 14, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
- Thursday, September 13, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
All meetings will be held in Room 313 of the Koffler Student Services Centre.
Orientation Coordinator training
Planning and coordinating 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 training days that cover a variety of topics in early May; an equity, diversity and inclusivity workshop in June; and ongoing training and discussions throughout the summer, held in conjunction with regular meetings.
Orientation Coordinator Training Days
Friday, May 11, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Events Room, Innis College Residence (111 St. George Street)
Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Father Madden Hall, Carr Hall at St. Michael’s College (100 St. Joseph Street)
Equity, diversity & inclusivity training
Tuesday, June 12, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Room 313, Koffler Student Services Centre
At least one Orientation Coordinator from every division is expected to attend each of 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 coordination 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.
- Social Media Management & Accessible Website Design – Monday, May 7 & Thursday, May 31
- Event Planning & Risk Management – Tuesday, May 8 & Wednesday, May 23
- Budgeting & Financial Management – Monday, May 14 & Thursday, May 24
- Volunteer Management & Recognition – Wednesday, July 25
All workshops listed above will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Room 313 of the Koffler Student Services Centre. Refreshments will be provided.
Joint Orientation Leader Training (JOLT)
In collaboration with the first-entry divisions, we provide tailored training to Orientation Leaders on the St. George campus. 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, diversity, and inclusivity; how to be an active bystander; and some of the key 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 2018 are as follows:
- Saturday, August 25, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Thursday, August 30, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Thursday, August 30, 2 - 6 p.m.
- Friday, August 31, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m
- Friday, August 31, 2 - 6 p.m.
All sessions listed above will take place in the Bahen Centre for Information Technology.
Orientation Incentive Grants
Orientation Coordinators from first-entry divisions on the St. George campus who attend regular meetings, participate in OC Training Days, participate in equity, diversity & inclusivity training, ensure their Orientation Leaders attend JOLT, and file a post-Orientation report allow their division to be 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