Paving the Way: Each One, Reach One


Over the summer, I was mailed a booklet that contained all first-year programs, including the pre-orientation programs that Denison offers. At first, I thought to myself, why would I want to get to college sooner? Why do I want to rush myself into this pool of bigger and scarier fish? All of these questions ran through my mind. However, there were certain pros that outweighed all of the cons. I would be able to settle into my residence hall before the entire campus arrives, I would be able to choose my side of the room first and I would get to meet new people. This was definitely a win-win-win situation. I checked out the programs and decided that Paving The Way: Each One, Reach One Pre-Orientation sponsored by Multi-Cultural Student Affairs would be a perfect fit for me. I would connect with so many people and get out of my shell. Coming from a predominantly African American educational and social experience, I knew it would be a change. Paving The Way seemed like it would address my questions and the change in my learning environment. Paving the Way did just that and more. We had sessions that addressed academic success, ethnic and cultural identities, personal development, and an exploration of resources to build stronger relationships with Denison University. We were even able to participate with another pre-orientation, specifically the International Student’s Pre-O. Through PTW, I was able to get the opportunity to meet and connect with students that are initially seen as different from me. After this activity, I grew to be more open about the people I meet. I still speak with the students that were in my group. Paving The Way tackled almost all of my fears and allowed me to create a great start to many amazing friendships.

Memories, memories, and more memories! I have three favorite memories from PTW. The first was when we took a “top secret” trip. My friends and I had some possible ideas in mind. After participating in icebreaker after icebreaker, we had began to hear a rumor about the PTW staff taking us on a trip to Walmart and Target. We were so excited because after having just settled in on campus, we discovered that we needed more important things, like fans. However, the Paving The Way staff had other plans in mind. They took us to Dave and Busters. We were given free tokens and dinner which is the dream for all college students, at least it was mine!

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Pre-Orientation for Students Coming from Abroad


I do not tend to have great experiences with orientations in general. The icebreakers are always awkward. There are way too many team activities for bonding purposes – in the end, people keep running around without doing the actual talking and getting to know each other part. And, most importantly, the orientation part – which I define as setting expectations and providing basic navigations for students – is severely lacking.

International Pre-Orientation (ISS Pre-O) defies all of those negative notions I hold.

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A Message from the Admissions Office

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Each year the Admissions Office seeks the best and brightest Denison juniors to apply to be Senior Interviewers during their senior year. This is a wonderful professional opportunity that has benefits to any career path you may pursue. This year, as in past, we are requiring applications to be submitted earlier than normal so that we have ample time to interview and evaluate the candidates.

The main role of a Senior Interviewer is to interview prospective Denison students and meet with their parents to guide them through the college search process. You will provide a written evaluation of each candidate which plays a crucial role in our admission decisions. No matter what your career path, our Senior Interviewers find this position to be an excellent way to gain valuable interview and evaluation experience, while also making a direct impact on the future of Denison.

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Public Policy Leadership Conference @ Harvard’s Kennedy School


Are you a first year or second year undergraduate student?

This could be a great opportunity! 

        The 15th annual Harvard Kennedy School Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) will take place February 19-February 22, 2015PLEASE APPLY! The conference aims to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate programs in public policy and international affairs by informing students about opportunities for graduate study and careers in both domestic and international public policy.  
Please note only first and second year undergraduate students who U.S. citizen or permanent residents are eligible to apply.
The conference will take place on the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. All conference expenses are covered by HKS.  The intensive three days of workshops, panels, and lectures is designed to encourage students who possess a commitment to public service, particularly those from historically undeserved communities and people of color.  While on campus, participants will learn about:
  • Careers in public service
  • Domestic and international policy issues
  • Fellowship programs
  • Summer Public Policy and International Affairs Institutes
  • Graduate schools that offer programs in public policy
  • Student life

The deadline to apply is November 12, 2014!

Click HERE to read interviews from previous PPLC participants.


Scholarship for Asian American Female Students

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Scholarship Overview:

Asian Women in Business (AWIB) is pleased to present our annual scholarship for Asian female students who have demonstrated scholarship, leadership, community service and/or entrepreneurship. Founded in 1995, Asian Women In Business is the only non-profit, tax-exempt organization in the country with the primary mission of assisting Asian women entrepreneurs. Over the years, AWIB has expanded its mission to address issues affecting Asian Americans on the corporate level.

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The Tale of Two Chopsticks

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Two Denison students wanted to keep in touch during their summer apart. They decided to become ‘pen pals’ with a twist: they both focused on using their photography skills. At 10pm every Saturday they would upload pictures to their Facebook album. The Denison artists worked with photo prompts that had them capturing not only their personal lives but those around them. Having it open on Facebook for all their friends to see, it quickly became a popular photo project that will now be open for all Denison students to see starting 6:00 p.m Friday, September 12th at their opening reception in the Bryant Arts Center.

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2014 GLCA Student of Color Leadership Application

Who Am I: Navigating the Depths of Intersectionality as a Student Leader and Activist

The 24th annual Students of Color Leadership Conference, sponsored by the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) and hosted by a GLCA member institution (this year, DePauw University), will take place November 7-9, 2014. The Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement (CCCE) at Denison University has a limited number of spots for students to attend and is asking interested students to fill out the participant application form. If selected to attend, all associated fees (registration, hotel accommodation, transportation, and conference meals) will be covered.



Please read through the following guidelines and expectations before submitting your application:

  • A digital application form will be the only accepted form.
  • Students will be selected on the basis of the information provided on this application form.
  • Every attempt will be made to select a diverse cohort of participants.
  • All applicants will be made aware of whether or not they have been selected on or before Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.
  • Selected applicants should be prepared to meet on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 and Wednesday Oct. 1st 6pm; any conflicts with this time should be made known by the time of submission of this application.

o   At the Sept. 24th & Oct. 1st meeting, applicants will work on an initial draft for a conference workshop proposal(s).

  • Applicants are expected to present at the conference, should the conference committee accept the group proposal(s).
  • We will leave campus at 11:45am on Friday, Nov. 7th and return late afternoon on Sunday, November 9th.

o   Please note: our center will not write a note excusing you from class, work, performances, sports, etc for attending conference

  • Any additional questions should be directed to Emily Henson, CCCE Program Coordinator (hensone@denison.edu).

Application deadline is Sunday, September 14, 2014, by 4.30pm!

Click here for link to application


 To learn more about the conference check out the pictures from 2013, when Denison University hosted it!

Mark Anthony, previous CCCE Program Coordinator, also attend last years GLCA Conference at Denison. You can read his reflections on his blog post (click here)


Oberlin LGBTQ Community Coordinator positions

2010-08-27_15-36-34.863Are you a graduating senior ?!

Are you on the job hunt?!

This could be a great opportunity! 

Oberlin College is searching for a LGBTQ COMMUNITY COORDINATOR! If you consider yourself a leader and want to use your leadership skills to advance the multicultural community at Oberlin then PLEASE APPLY!!!Job functions for each position include:
  • Provide leadership on identifying and helping to address the academic, social, cultural, and political needs of LGBTQ students, as well as those of other student communities.


  • Take a leadership role on the collaborative construction, execution, and support of academic, cultural, and social programming on diversity and inclusion for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members, and other constituencies.


  • Provide guidance to individual and groups of faculty and academic departments and programs to support student academic success as well as to further intellectual discourses on diversity and inclusion for the entire campus.


The applications are due by May 23, 2014 , so don’t delay!


For more info click the links to the job descriptions: