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: Aug. 24-28, 2020

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 Download the PDF applicationPay 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 2020
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. 

Returning students can become a Cultural Connections Student Leader

Students who may have already gone through the Cultural Connection Leadership Program or are committed to issues of social justice and inclusion on campus can become Leaders in the program. Cultural Connections Student Leaders serve as mentors for first-year students and play a vital role in their integration into campus culture. 

Become a Cultural Connections Leader (for returning students)

Job Description

Enhanced through student participation in intergroup conscious dialogue, monthly meetings, programs and activities, the Cultural Connections Leadership Program provides a developmental opportunity for first-year individuals committed to issues of inclusion and social justice to explore the complex dynamics of privilege and to develop skills and strategies to foster positive change on campus and in the greater community.

The cohort is designed to support new students by connecting them with student leaders who will assist with the transition to Springfield College and connect them with the broader campus community, and provide resources to enhance the cultural, social, and educational experience at Springfield College. 

Apply OnlineApply via PDF

Responsibilities and Requirements of a Cultural Connections Leader

  • Commitment to one full academic year
  • Schedule bi-weekly meetings with mentees
  • Maintaining professionalism
  • Attend trainings, team meetings, and events sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs 
  • Expected to introduce college-wide resources (e.g., Academic Success Center, Office of Financial Aid)
  • Expected to attend at least two campus-wide programs or events per semester sponsored by Office of Multicultural Affairs 
  • Organize and host one social event per semester
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Be a role model
  • Effective time management
  • Be a student ambassador for Office of Multicultural Affairs 


Qualifications for Cultural Connections Leaders

  • Sophomore standing; junior/senior standing preferred
  • Good academic standing and clear judicial record at Springfield College
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Must attend all trainings as scheduled
  • Willingness to do outreach to new people
  • Self-motivation and good follow-through
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility and reliability
  • Able to work with a team of diverse individuals
  • Ability and willingness to set appropriate personal boundaries
  • Set a positive tone for interaction, demonstrating responsibility and respect for others’ rights, feelings, lifestyles, and diverse background