The Center for Student Development is dedicated to fostering student success and a sense of belonging for all students and families connected to New Paltz. Our goals are to; provide a positive transitional experience, maximize the retention and success of students, offer opportunities for leadership and social development to campus and the local community, serve as a primary link to campus for the parents and family members of our new and continuing students and foster a campus environment that promotes healthy and responsible decision making.
As a result of participating in orientation and other programs the Center for Student Development offers, students will learn to:
- Name campus resources and offices that are available to help them in their transition to New Paltz
- Identify transition issues they may encounter in their first-year
- Describe community expectations and student responsibilities to the New Paltz community
- Create a class schedule for the following semester
- Utilize my.newpaltz.edu, NP Alert, Blackboard, etc.
- Recognize the benefits of continued interaction with their Orientation Leader/Peer Mentor
- Identify strategies for preventing sexual violence
- Give examples of strategies for reducing high-risk drinking
- Identify options for first-year engagement, including programming and leadership opportunities
Student OL/Peer Mentors & other Center for Student Development Staff will learn to:
- Demonstrate knowledge on how to appropriately access campus information and resources, especially those that ease new student transitions.
- Understand roles as orientation student staff, being aware of the specific tasks and expectations of this yearlong commitment.
- Be knowledgeable about basic student development theory (concerning transition, homesickness, academic and social pressure, etc.)
- Create a sense of community to establish a safe, inclusive, and supportine team environment that will encourage trust and teamwork skills.