In preparation for Fall 2013, all first-year students are asked to watch Beasts of the Southern Wild. By watching this film over the summer, students will arrive on campus prepared to engage in discussions using the book as a springboard to introduce critical thinking and begin the first steps toward creating a community of learners. While no grades are directly associated with the convocation experience program, we encourage all students to join in and be part of the discussions during the Week of Welcome.
The theme for Convocation this year is diversity. For many young people, the college setting provides a platform that facilitates their exposure to diverse perspectives in a way that encourages respectful understanding of differences, and recognizes those differences as strengths. Through this film, we hope to provide students with a window into communities that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to see and to engage in a larger conversation about diversity. Please click here for more information about the summer reading assignment.