Information on Fall 2022 Early Arrival Programs is coming soon. To learn more about previous offerings and schedules, check out the information below from our 2021 program.

Intended for students who identify as LGBTQ+ and want to explore their gender identity, expression and sexuality. Led by the Center for Social Justice and Community Impact.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Move-In to Residence Halls/Check-In to Pre-O
New Students sign in to their pre-orientation program and pick-up their room keys and information packets.
Balfour-Hood Campus Center

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Welcome and Schedule Overview
Cole Memorial Chapel – Lower Level (The Base)

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Dinner
Chase Dining Hall

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Target Takeover!
Forgot something at home? Do you need something to complete your side of the room? Don’t worry! We’re going to Target! Transportation is provided.
Howard St. outside Center for Global Education

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Crafts & Ice Cream
Join us in the evening for crafts and ice cream outside Conger Commons.
Pine Hall – Conger Commons

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast
Chase Dining Hall

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Opening Ceremony

Join President Dennis Hanno, Interim Provost Touba Ghadessi, Dean of Students Darnell Parker, and the Early Arrival Program Coordinators as they give their opening remarks to commence Early Arrival 2021!
Cole Memorial Chapel – Sanctuary

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Welcome to Open Pride!
Teambuilding with other members of the Open Pride Track!
Cole Memorial Chapel – Lower Level (The Base)

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Check-In & Meet With The Network
The Network is a group of dedicated faculty and staff members working to enhance the social, emotional, and academic lives of LGBTQ+ students. This is a time for you to connect with them.
Cole Memorial Chapel – Lower Level (The Base)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(Optional) Network for LGBTQ+ Inclusion, Support, & Advocacy Run-Over Time
Cole Memorial Chapel – Lower Level (The Base)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch
Mix and mingle with folks that share your interests or have similar experiences. Need help? Ask a Pre-OA!
Chase Dining Hall

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Break

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Counseling and Health Services Information Session
Virtual

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Community Service Project
We will be venturing off-campus to engage in some community service to give back to our partnering communities.  **Please wear closed-toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting messy.
Cole Memorial Chapel – Lower Level (The Base)

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Rest and Relax
Residence Halls

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Community Dinner
Chase Dining Hall

9:00 – 10:30 p.m.
Pajama Party and Games
Come hang out in our jammies  with snacks and play games with friends.
Pine Hall – Conger Commons

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Friday, August 27, 2021

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast
Chase Dining Hall

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Research Papers – Tools & Resources
Take a tour of the library and learn valuable information about the various tools, resources, and staff that can help you succeed at Wheaton.
Wallace Library

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Career Services
Take a tour of the Filene Center and get the inside scoop on how you can use Career Services from day one to set yourself up for life after Wheaton.
Cole Memorial Chapel – Lower Level (The Base)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Living Your Best Queer Life
All the information you need to know about signature LGBTQ+ programs and organizations on campus and other opportunities to revel in your queerness on campus.
Cole Memorial Chapel – Lower Level (The Base)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch
Mix and mingle with folks that share your interests or have similar experiences. Need help? Ask a Pre-OA!
Chase Dining Hall

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Break

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Academic Excellence Workshop
What to Expect in the Classroom & How to Succeed. Hear from faculty about how to best succeed in your classes.
Virtual

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Closing Activity and Evaluations
We will come together one last time to close out our Early Arrival experience and get your feedback on the program.
Mars Arts & Humanities – Meneely 104

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