The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) hosted their annual OMA Pre-Orientation Program (Pre-O) on August 20 and August 21. Pre-O is designed to connect students of diverse backgrounds with a reliable network of support that will aid in their social and academic transition into the Duquesne University campus community. An outstanding group of returning students served as Pre-O Leaders and facilitators of the various workshops, panel discussions, and team builders. The incoming students and their parents communicated that they valued the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and DU Alumni.
In an effort to provide continued support to incoming freshman, interested students are linked with Peer Mentors who offer guidance and support that will help them succeed inside and outside of the classroom. OMA Peer Mentors consist of returning students who are actively engaged in many different aspects of the campus community. They are leaders within various student organizations and scholars who are doing very well academically. As a community of learners, all participants within the OMA Peer Mentor Program are empowered to challenge each other academically and support each other socially. In addition to the individual mentor-mentee meetings, the larger group will come together over a meal each month and attend a wide range of culturally relevant programs throughout the academic year.