Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 78.69
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date Feb. 14, 2023

STARS v2.2

Santa Clara University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.32 / 2.00 Veronica Johnson
Academics and Engagement Program Manager
Center for Sustainability
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Are the following students provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability?:
Yes or No
First-year students Yes
Transfer students Yes
Entering graduate students No

Percentage of all entering students that are provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability:
66

A brief description of how sustainability is included prominently in new student orientation :

All new students (first year students and transfer students) participate in all parts of Orientation: Academic Advising & Course Enrollment; BroncoExchange; Campus Life Learning Modules; and Welcome Weekend.

Academic Advising & Course Enrollment - All students are required to register, attend, and participate in one academic advising and course enrollment session:

BroncoExchange - All new students sign up for BroncoExchange, an exclusive and easy-to-use platform that connects Santa Clara University alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends in a virtual community.

Campus Life Learning Modules - All new students complete online modules that help prepare them for experiential learning and resources outside of the classroom. Modules include:
• Comevo: Students learn what it means to be a part of Santa Clara’s diverse and inclusive community rooted in the Jesuit tradition and become familiar with the campus’ academic and support resources.
• Being a Bronco Series: This 4-part series helps to transition new students into the Santa Clara University (SCU) community. Students learn how to make healthier decisions related to alcohol and other drugs, be more proactive bystanders against sexual violence, and prevent prescription drug abuse. Students are equipped with skills to support their own mental health and that of their peers. Students also learn foundational social justice concepts of social identity, privilege, and oppression and discuss in small groups how family, school, and home environments have influenced their beliefs about different social identity groups. https://www.scu.edu/osl/being-a-bronco/

Welcome Weekend - The weekend before the start of classes is packed with “Meet the Dean” sessions, informal open houses from various campus departments, a resource fair, and fun activities. For the Fall 2022 Welcome Weekend, the Center for Sustainability hosted a Farm Stand for students and their families to buy organic campus-grown produce, hosted a Forge Garden open house to introduce students to the campus garden and the center’s sustainable food systems programs, and tabled at the resource fair to share upcoming events and opportunities for students to get involved with sustainability programs on campus.


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