First Year Experience Mission

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First Year Students: Jake Hayden, Keegan Stanbro, Adam Herne, Panagiotis Vakirtzis

VISION OF BELONGING
First Year SUNY Oswego students feel a sense of belonging, have the tools to academically succeed, and believe they can make meaningful contributions to their campus community and beyond. 

OUR MISSION
First Year Experience empowers students to integrate into the campus community by engaging them with campus-wide resources, services, and experiences that will help them to thrive in their academic and personal lives.

HOW WE HELP FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS:

ACADEMIC SUCCESS
Support every first-year student with their academic transition from high school to college through care-centered advising, teaching, and mentorship.

RESILIENCE & EMPOWERMENT
Empower students to build resilience by embracing challenges, identifying solutions, and making informed decisions about their academic and personal lives.

INCLUSION, DIVERSITY, & EQUITY
Create a learning environment where students from all backgrounds and abilities are welcomed, celebrated, and supported.

CAMPUS ENGAGEMENT & EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
Design clear pathways to campus engagement through student organizations, research, student employment, service-learning, and other leadership opportunities.

SOCIAL & PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
Inspire students to become socially responsible representatives of their communities through civic engagement and service-learning opportunities.

MEANING-MAKING & PURPOSE
Foster a safe, supportive environment where students can develop a sense of purpose through intellectual curiosity, career development, and meaningful learning experiences.