Engage! 2013 First-Year Retreat

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Friday, September 6 – Saturday, September 7, 2013

ENGAGE! is the third incarnation of a programCapture2-300x223Capture4 run by the Multicultural Center/Office of Intercultural Education that is designed to introduce interested First-Year students from underrepresented groups to each other and to resources available to them at Bates. Though Capture3previously held on campus, this year we chose to take this cohort off campus as a means of exposing them to places in Maine outside of the Bates campus, and provide them the opportunity to meet and connect while engaging in an experience they would remember beyond their first year at Bates.

On the first evening of ENGAGE!, we held a campfire and sing-a-long with s’mores; as well as having board games in the dining cabin. For some it was the first time participating in campfire activities but everyone enjoyed the experience and stayed well into the evening.

During the full day, we participated in the team-building activities with the Kieve staff, including ropes courses and trust exercises. In the afternoon, the First-Years took part in a session on academics at Bates with the SAMs and Writing @ Bates staff; as well as a student panel on social transitioning with six sophomore volunteers.

The students involved had a positive experience and were able to create connection and memories that they will keep with them throughout their Bates career. Many of the First-Years who participated continue to maintain with the OIE and the other groups that participated (Office Intercultural Education, Student Academic Mentors, Queer Peers, Writing @ Bates.)

To see additional photos from this event

click here: Engage! 2013 First-Year Retreat Photos

For additional information about this event, please contact:

Benjamin Hughes ’12, Program & Office Coordinator, Office of Intercultural Education (bhughes@bates.edu)