Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.14
Liaison Jeff Spoelstra
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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Western Michigan University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.96 / 2.00 Steve Booher
Program Manager
Student Orientation
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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 Yes

Percentage of all entering (i.e. new) students (including transfers and graduate students) that are provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability (0-100):

A brief description of how sustainability is included prominently in new student orientation (including how multiple dimensions of sustainability are addressed):

New Student Orientation

• Training provided, by the Office of Sustainability for all Orientation Student Leaders
• Tour stop (for all students in attendance) at the Office of Sustainability
• Distribution of reusable canvas bags (replaced disposable plastic bags)
• The Campus Navigator – our Orientation publication went fully digital in 2018, replacing 640,000 printed pages.
• All Orientation Student Leaders trained on social justice and multiple realms of diversity and inclusion. They lead “real chats” about these topics in their small groups of students attending Orientation. Students also tour and receive information directly from Diversity and Inclusion.

Transfer Transition Program

• Information table, staffed by the Office of Sustainability
• Distribution of Eco-mugs
• Video regarding our LEED certification and other sustainability efforts on campus
• Presentations from Diversity and Inclusion

Online Modules for Transfer Students

• All incoming transfer students complete online modules, which includes information regarding campus sustainability

Fall Welcome

• Fully staffed “Green Team” during move-in days to mitigate the amount of Styrofoam and cardboard going into landfills.
• Coolers of ice water with recyclable cups at all large activities, instead of bottled water.
• Recycle bins provided at all large events
• Information about WMU Office of Sustainability included in the Fall Welcome book
• Transitioned to using online calendar to eliminate printing of 1500 paper schedule books
(early move-in guides)

First-Year Experience
• Program maintains a strong collaborative relationship with the Office of Sustainability, who provides in class presentations and opportunities for all students enrolled.
• As a result of this course, students develop a global awareness and an appreciation of diversity and culture in its broadest sense.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

• Cognos Report 20-10-50 (Undergraduate Beginner Profile)
• Cognos Report 20-10-65 (Undergraduate Transfer Profile)
• TargetX CRM (Various Student Transitions reports)

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