Type: School event
Series: Welcome Week

Fall 2022 BA major orientation

Date & time

Aug 26, 2022, 9:00 am-4:00 pm EDT


Joan and Sanford Weill Hall
735 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091

At orientation, new undergraduate Fordies will have safe opportunities to meet staff, faculty, and fellow students, and to learn more about career counseling, academic advising, student involvement, and alumni information. Orientation is mandatory for all incoming undergraduates enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in public policy program.


The day will run from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Additional details will be emailed to students.

Time Session Location
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Check-in and headshots Great Hall/Fisher
10:15 - 10:35 a.m. Opening remarks and introductions
Susan Guindi, Director, Student & Academic Services; Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Interim Dean; Student & Academic Services team
10:35 - 11:30 a.m.

Academics at the Ford School
Paula Lantz, BA Programs Director; Amy Flanagan, BA Programs Coordinator;  Ayodele Ojo and Michael Deeter, Peer Advisors

Student organizations
Alyssa Donovan, Undergraduate Student Council (UGC); Hugo Quintana, Undergraduate Students of Color in Public Policy (SCPP); Kailyn Simmons, Out in Public (OIP)

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch Betty/tent
12:30 - 1:45 p.m. Culture and inclusion at the Ford School
Dean Celeste Watkins-Hayes and Associate Dean Luke Shaefer
1:45 - 2:45 p.m. Faculty panel Betty
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Introduction to career services
Gail Tien, BA Career Advisor
Select research centers
3:45 - 4:00 p.m. Closing remarks
Paula Lantz, BA Programs Director

Health and safety

The most current University of Michigan health and safety protocols will be followed. At this time, U-M requires all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, and all community members and visitors are expected to complete their ResponsiBLUE survey prior to entering Weill Hall, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Please see the U-M Campus Maize and Blueprint for all current public health guidance, policy, and answers to frequently asked questions. 

Please monitor your email for additional information about orientation as the date approaches.

Have any questions?