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Experiential Orientation Student Leadership

Orientation Leader

Orientation Leaders (OLs) are a diverse group of student leaders who play an essential role in welcoming first-year and transfer students to campus and creating an inclusive and welcoming Experiential Orientation Project. Orientation Leaders serve as mentors for the newest members of the Duke community and ensure a smooth transition to both Duke and Durham. 

Orientation Leaders are new students’ first impression of Duke University and set the tone for the Duke community and have the opportunity to help an entire class of students get off to the right start. 

Orientation Leaders will be expected to:   

  •  Create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all new-to-Duke students 
  •  Lead vital conversations about campus resources and support 
  •  Be a positive and supportive role model 
  •  Abide by Duke’s Community Standards
  • Be fully present and engaged throughout your Experiential Orientation Project 
  • Prioritize your Experiential Orientation over other commitments during O-Week 
  • Attend the Orientation Kickoff on April 14, and all of Orientation Leader Training from August 12-August 16 (including new student Move-In) 

By serving in this volunteer position, Orientation Leaders will receive: 

  • Experiences and engagements that their projects provide (field trips, excursions, speakers, adventures, etc) 
  • Early access move- in (if you have an on-campus housing contract for Fall 2024)  
  • Meals provided during OL Training and Orientation Week 
  • Project specific & OL general swag items  
  • Personal and professional leadership development