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Our students’ first-year at Lehigh is a critical time of change and exploration. We have named the first-year experience “evoLUtion” for its definition being the gradual process in which something changes into a different, more complex or better form.

To best help students adjust, we have created opportunities which extend beyond Orientation and address social and academic transitional issues that they are likely to face during their first year at the university. Below are resources and opportunities to connect with first-year students.

Resources for Faculty and Staff

The Office of the First-Year experience can provide resources to faculty and staff so you can better understand the student experience and the current generation of students coming to college. If you would like us to present information about Lehigh students to your department, just email us!

Beloit Mindset List - Beloit College creates an annual “Mindset List” to share insight on the experiences of the newest first-year students at college each year.


We believe in the power of purposeful connections and reflection as students navigate their transition to Lehigh. Through this 10-week program students will develop a relationship with a faculty or staff member and a student peer leader. They will be exposed to a multitude of learning experiences Lehigh has to offer outside the formal classroom setting and be connected with resources to help them thrive and be successful as members of the Lehigh community. Students will set the course, create goals and develop an action plan and faculty/staff will collaborate with students by asking good questions, prompting reflection, and aiding students to find resources for success.

To learn more about the program visit the NavigateLU page. For additional information regarding the faculty/staff role please review the position overview.

Information for Faculty/Staff Collaborators

  • Facilitators must have a bachelor’s degree
  • Training will be required of all faculty/staff and will cover bLUeprint, Lehigh resources and coaching skills. Check-in meetings may also be required at the beginning and end of the program.
  • Faculty/staff will be responsible for tracking the progress of their assigned students and report back to the Director of First-Year Experience.
  • Upon completion of required trainings and meetings with students, faculty/staff will receive a stipend.

Submit your application here! 

summer reading logoSummer Reading Discussion Leader

The goal of the Summer Reading program is to engage students in an intellectual experience with their peers before they come to campus! Each year a committee of faculty, staff and students select a book that will engage the entire University community. Faculty and Staff are invited to lead discussions about the book during Orientation. Discussion Leaders will be provided with a discussion guide and will be partnered with an Orientation Leader.

This year’s selection is: Carry On: A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and an Unlikely Family, by Lisa Fenn.

To sign up to lead a discussion, please fill out this form.

5x10 logo5x10 Program Submissions

Faculty/Staff: If you are a faculty or staff member interested in submitting an event to be considered as a 5x10, you must first join the “NavigateLU Administration” Organization on LINC. Once you are a member of the organization, please follow the instructions in this PDF to submit an event/program proposal. Please refer to the 5x10 section of our website for more information.

The review process for event proposals will begin on June 14, 2019.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Nicole Burke at nmb518@lehigh.edu

Lehigh Symposium Faculty

Thank you to all of the Lehigh faculty who presented a session at the Lehigh Symposium during Orientation. Check out our list of presentations here.

If you are interested in presenting at the 2019 Lehigh Symposium, please email us at ofyega@lehigh.edu.