Get involved

Be part of Cultural Connections, a leadership program for students from diverse populations that focuses on unity, social justice, and community, and kicks off with a summer orientation event. 

Springfield College Cultural Connections students pose on the stairs in the campus union

What is the Cultural Connections
Leadership Program?

Springfield Colleges Cultural Connections Leadership Program begins with a five-day pre-orientation program preceding New Student Orientation (NSO) and is designed to provide first-year and transfer students with a community and the tools for a successful transition to Springfield College. If you’re interested in building authentic relationships with other students and enhancing your leadership skills and strategies to foster positive change on campus and in the greater community, this program is for you!

Participating in the Cultural Connections pre-orientation program requires full commitment during those days. All costs for food and materials needed during the program are covered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

What to Expect

By participating in the Cultural Connections Leadership Program, you will:

  • Receive guidance from an alliance of peers, faculty, and staff to ensure you are supported during your time at Springfield College
  • Have an opportunity to make friends within the Springfield College community, before the semester begins
  • Learn about Springfield’s resources and participate in interactive workshops that will help you discover your passions and find your path to success
  • Explore topics of identity, leadership, and social justice
  • Attend social events and participate in the Unity Fest Leadership Conference and Office of Multicultural Affairs workshops, activities, and events throughout the academic year to continue to build new leadership competencies

Pre-orientation Dates: August 30 - September 3

How to Apply

There is a $60 registration fee to cover the cost of food and activities, which should be paid upon your acceptance. 

Submit an online application Pay the registration fee

If you submit a physical application, please include a cover sheet with your name, home address, birth date, cell phone number, email address, and your Springfield College ID number.

Printed applications and their respective cover sheets, as well as your registration fee, may be mailed to the following address.

Cultural Connections 2021
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Flynn Campus Union, Suite 350
Springfield College
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109

We understand that summer is a busy time for you, but an application that shows thought and communicates your desire to attend the Cultural Connections Leadership Program demonstrates a specific commitment. Please feel free to be yourself and include any additional information that you would like to share with us (hobbies, sports, most memorable experiences). 

Cultural Connections students have fun at the Dr. Seuss museum in Springfield
Cultural Connections
Explore the area

In the Cultural Connections Leadership Program,  you'll have opportunities to for group outings to local museums, events, conferences, and more. 

 Cultural Connections students post for a selfie in the Office of Multicultural Affairs
Cultural Connections
Connect with peers

The Cultural Connections Leadership Program can help you find your place at Springfield College. 

Cultural Connections students have lunch in Cheney at Springfield College
Cultural Connections
Learn to lead

Whether you're having lunch with your peers in Cheney or exchanging dialogue at an open forum, you'll have opportunities to share your thoughts and have your voice heard. 

Cultural Connections students have fun posing in the union at Springfield College
Cultural Connections
Have a little fun

Through the Cultural Connections Leadership Program, you won't just gain valuable skills, you'll also kick back and have fun.