Reed College Orientation 2014

Orientation Odysseys

Peer Mentor Program Odyssey

For information pertaining to all odysseys and conflicting programs, please see this page.

Dayspring Mattole, program coordinator, multicultural resource center

Peer Mentor Program Odyssey 2013 Schedule

Friday, August 23

1–5 p.m. Check-in/move-in
5–7 p.m. Dinner for students and parents
7:30–9:00 p.m. Welcome event (students only, please)

Saturday, August 24

8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. PMP Odyssey in Portland, including a community service project
5:00 p.m. Return to campus for dinner
Evening Optional activities

Sunday, August 25

8:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m. PMP Odyssey in Portland, including dinner
Evening Optional activities

Monday, August 26

8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. PMP Odyssey activities on campus
5:00 p.m. Return to campus for dinner
Evening Optional activities

PMP Odyssey Description

The Peer Mentor Program (PMP) supports the experience of students from underrepresented communities and provides yearlong opportunities to engage in conversations about the effect of diverse perspectives on the educational experience at Reed College. Students who are the first in their families to attend college and students of color are particularly encouraged to join PMP, however all students who identify with the mission of PMP are welcome to join. The four-day Odyssey offered prior to Reedie Orientation is the first of many PMP activities that take place throughout the year.

By pairing incoming students with current Reedies, PMP provides additional support for new Reedies transitioning to college life. Mentees benefit from meaningful and supportive peer relationships; enhanced knowledge of academic, health, and social campus resources and networks; and opportunities for involvement and leadership.

At the Odyssey, you will explore the city of Portland, engage with the needs of our local community, and learn about campus resources that will support you in your transition to Reed. This Odyssey is for your to get to know other new students, meet potential mentors, and have fun!

PMP Cost & Registration

The PMP Odyssey is free.

You must register for the odyssey via IRIS. Your registration will automatically place you in the PMP, which includes the odyssey and other activities throughout the year. You also must fill out the waiver of liability. Space for the Odyssey is limited to 35 new Reedies, and is granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are an international student who would like a Reed mentor, please contact Dana Bays, assistant dean of international students, at 503/517-5538 or by email, for more information about the international student mentor program, Interconnect.

Packing for the PMP Odyssey

Please dress comfortably. Clothing and shoes that are comfortable for light manual labor on Saturday are strongly recommended.

Arriving for the PMP Odyssey

You should arrive on campus between 1 and 5 p.m. on Friday, August 23. Check-in will take place 1–5 p.m. in Kaul Auditorium. If a later arrival is unavoidable, please call 503/777-7518 or send an email.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer an airport shuttle. There are various ways to make your way to campus from the airport.

Once on Campus for the PMP Odyssey

You will have access to your residence hall room as soon as you arrive on campus. You will sleep in your room all four nights (Friday, August 23 through Monday, August 26). The PMP Odyssey is off campus during the day on Saturday and Sunday.

We will provide activities each evening that will help you connect with other students attending the PMP Odyssey as well as students attending the International Orientation Odyssey. These activities are optional.

All meals will be provided beginning with dinner on Friday, August 23.

Returning from the PMP Odyssey

You will complete PMP Odyssey activities on campus approximately 5 p.m. on Monday, August 26. There will be optional evening activities.