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John Keith
Jun 7, 2016

Linking Education and Diversity [L.E.A.D.] Orientation

Jun 7, 2016 by John Keith

Linking Education and Diversity [L.E.A.D.] is an intensive, two-day supplemental orientation program for incoming first-year and transfer students. While the program is open to the entire Appalachian State community, students from historically marginalized identities and backgrounds (students of color, students who identify as LGBT+, first-generation college students, etc.) are encouraged to participate. 

In order to accommodate more new students and families, L.E.A.D. Orientation will conduct two summer sessions: August 8-9 and August 10-12. Students who register for either session of L.E.A.D. Orientation will have the opportunity to move into their assigned residence hall rooms early, to meet other new students and families with similar identities and backgrounds, to learn about valuable campus resources and opportunities for involvement, and to participate in fun, community building events and activities. L.E.A.D. Orientation is offered at no cost to participants or families. 

In addition, L.E.A.D. participants will be paired with a L.E.A.D. Guide, a returning student who has volunteered to assist new students in their transition to Appalachian State. L.E.A.D. Guides are accomplished students and campus leaders, many of whom participated in L.E.A.D. Orientation in previous years. 

To register, please complete this form by July 1. If you have further questions or comments, please contact the Office of Multicultural Student Development: (828) 262-6158. 

L.E.A.D. Orientation does not take the place of Freshmen/Transfer Orientation occurring throughout May-August 2016. New students and families should still attend a general orientation session, in addition to L.E.A.D. Orientation