Dean of the College Carolyn Denard and her staff have been wearing these buttons to promote the "I'm IN" student advising initiative.
Academic deans at Connecticut College have been holding open hours this semester for first-year students and asking them one simple question:
“Are you IN?”
The inquiry is part of an advising initiative called “I’m IN” that’s designed to acclimate first-year students to the campus community through conversations, programs, events and student organizations. It begins first semester.
Dean of the College Carolyn Denard said she wants first-year students to be “in touch” with their deans and advisers, “informed” about opportunities and resources on campus, and “involved” in the life of the campus in a meaningful way. The initiative ensures students are taking full advantage of all the opportunities and experiences this College provides.
“The first semester is critical for first-year students,” said Denard. “Our faculty and staff already do an outstanding job advising and reaching out to first-year students. Our goal with this initiative is to encourage students to get actively involved in College life right from the start.”
The dean’s office has been promoting the initiative by wearing buttons asking students, “Are you in?” Staff members have set up tables in the College Center at Crozier-Williams to make themselves even more accessible to first-year students seeking information and resources. Upper-class students leaders have also helped spread the word.
Recently, the academic deans extended their office hours to meet with as many first-year students as possible. They also extended the opportunity to parents, offering evening office hours to encourage dialogue about any aspect of their student’s first year.
Denard said the feedback has been positive from both students and parents, and plans are being made to expand the program next semester.
Parents are welcome to contact the Office of the Dean of the College any time at 860-439-2035.