Frosh Discuss Diversity, Inclusion at First Year Matters Program; Conclude with Common Moment

As part of New Student Orientation, members of the Class of 2017 participated in Wesleyan’s First Year Matters (FYM) program. On Aug. 30, students met with orientation leaders to discuss issues related to diversity and inclusion.

As part of New Student Orientation, members of the Class of 2017 participated in Wesleyan’s First Year Matters (FYM) program. On Aug. 30, students met with orientation leaders to discuss issues related to diversity and inclusion.

This year’s First Year Matters program explored the challenges students  face as a society to embrace inclusive and diverse communities, with a focus on issues related to access.

This year’s First Year Matters program explored the challenges students face as a society to embrace inclusive and diverse communities, with a focus on issues related to access.

The program included an anthology of multi-disciplinary readings, presentations and residence hall discussions.

The program included an anthology of multi-disciplinary readings, presentations and residence hall discussions.

The Center for the Arts connects to the First Year Matters program through the Common Moment, which is a capstone experience at the end of FYM. The purpose of the Common Moment is to create a participatory community experience through music and movement that physically connects the students to the FYM readings.

The Center for the Arts connects to the First Year Matters program through the Common Moment, which is a capstone experience at the end of FYM. The purpose of the Common Moment is to create a participatory community experience through music and movement that physically connects the students to the FYM readings.

More than 500 freshman in the Class of 2017 participated in the Common Moment, led by members of the internationally renowned company Doug Varone and Dancers.

More than 500 freshman in the Class of 2017 participated in the Common Moment, led by members of the internationally renowned company Doug Varone and Dancers.

Each unique performance is interactive and allows students to connect the materials learned throughout the week with the arts

Each unique performance is interactive and allows students to connect the materials learned throughout the week with the arts.

(Photos by Olivia Drake and Eki Ramadhan ’16)