Forging Your Foundation: Fall 2020 Orientation

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Meet the Orientation Team 

Hello, my name is Fontana Micucci, and I am an Orientation Assistant this year. I am a senior from Gibsonia, PA, and I am double majoring in English and History. In addition to being on the Orientation team this year, I am involved in Greek Life, am a member of our campus ASAP group, and was a freshman Resident Assistant for two years. After graduation from W&J, I hope to attend a graduate program in Museum Studies! 

Email: micuccifm@washjeff.edu

Hello my name is Folakemi Sampson and I am currently a Sophomore Psychology major with a minor in Spanish at Washington & Jefferson College. In addition to being an Orientation Assistant this Fall I am also involved in the Black Student Union and plan to join more clubs and orgs in the following years. I chose W&J because I completely fell in love with the campus during my visit! Once my first semester began, I realized that it was way more than the physical environment that makes this college unique. The faculty truly cares about my success and our diverse student population has helped me to create beautiful friendships! 

Email: sampsonfm@washjeff.edu

My name is Zivya Sutton and I am a Sophomore at W&J. I choose W&J because of the close-knit community, rigorous coursework, and numerous study abroad options. I am planning on majoring in International Studies with a minor in Economics and a concentration in Conflict Resolution Studies. Aside from being an Orientation Assistant this year, I am also involved in W&J’s Student Government Association as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters and I am a member of Kappa Alpha Theta which is one of four sororities on campus. My other involvement on campus includes working for the Director of Conferences and Events to plan different gatherings and functions throughout the semester.  One thing that I love about W&J is that there are many ways to become involved in extracurriculars, find lasting friendships, and participate in volunteer work! 

Email: suttonza@washjeff.edu

Hello! My name is Santina Bohlander, I am a junior here at W&J majoring in biology on the pre-health track. In addition to being an Orientation Assistant this year, I am a part of Greek life on campus and several other organizations. I chose Washington and Jefferson College for the small classes which allow students to get to personally know professors and build relationships with them and their peers. W&J has given me lifelong friendships that I am thankful for!  

Email: bohlandersr@washjeff.edu

Kellin Cavanaugh portrait

Kellin Cavanaugh
Director of Student Engagement, HUB 102 

Email: kcavanaugh@washjeff.edu 

As the Director of Student Engagement, Kellin oversees the coordinators of student activities and organizations, diversity and inclusion as well as community engagement. She also acts as the Magellan Project Coordinator and is aiding in the development of the Sophomore Experience at W&J. Kellin is completing her Ph.D in Counselor Education and Supervision from Syracuse University and has her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Joseph in Hartford, CT. Kellin’s research focuses on college student wellness, and she has a special interest in LGBTQ+ college student issues. Stop by her office any time for tea, coffee and a chat! 

Safety at W&J 

We are committed to providing a safe environment for you throughout your College experience. Check out some of the resources we have created to navigate the current challenges we are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

COVID-19 Student Safety Policies and Guide 

 W&J’s Commitment to Cleanliness 

 Student Pledge to Promote Safety 

Folakemi Sampson wearing a mask.

Academic Resources

In order to fully promote and live the values that W&J holds, we have committed ourselves to continue to learn in order to help others through education and conversation. This year, our Orientation team has curated various resources under the following groupings in order to assist the incoming class of 2024 in learning our values, as well as forging their own foundations through these readings. 

Anti-Racism: 

  • Peggy McIntosh, White Privilege: “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,”  
    • McIntosh’s article prompts the question, “Now what?” The answer to that question is get involved! There are many organizations on campus whose goal is to address conversations like this and provide a safe space for people to voice their experiences. You can help by joining organizations like The Black Student Union, Asian Culture Association, and the Latinx Culture Association, which give a voice to minority perspectives and provides a space where students can learn about different cultures. 

Additional Resources 

Health and Wellness:

  • Claire Howard, The State of Minority Mental Health 
    • A great way to help the cause on campus is by joining organizations like The Black Student Union, Asian Culture Association, and the Latinx Culture Association which give a voice to minority perspectives and provides a safe haven where students can learn about different cultures. You can also get involved by joining Prez-2-Prez, a peer mentor training course designed to help those that want to learn how to help other students with concerns. Prez-2-Prez is run by campus psychologist Dr. Shelly Lear and Nurse Heidi Ryan. 

Values Identification: 

The first page of the orientation schedule.
The second page of the orientation schedule.

Schedule of Events

Throughout the first ten days of your semester, we'll have various virtual activities for you to relax, have fun, and get acquainted with W&J.

Download the schedule

Additional Links and Information: 

Download GroupMe
Download Zoom
Download Microsoft Teams  

Additionally, you can access Microsoft Teams, click on the App Launcher icon in the upper-left hand corner of your W&J Email.