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First Community Meetings-Thursday, August 16th

First Community Meetings are designed to foster belonging among new students at the University of Kansas, while connecting them to experienced student leaders. Students living in on-campus apartments, residence halls, or scholarship halls will attend this meeting in their hall. Students living off-campus will attend their meeting in the Student Recreation Fitness Center. For those living on-campus - Housing Staff and Orientation Assistants will highlight safety and security information, establish community agreements, and discuss upcoming Hawk Week events. For those living off-campus - Orientation Assistants will highlight ways to get involved and connect at KU while living off-campus. Students will attend Hawk Week events with their RA/Proctor and/or Orientation Assistant following the First Community Meetings. For more information students living on-campus should contact their specific hall and students living off-campus should contact Gabby Ale-Ebrahim at

Jayhawks Give a Flock-Saturday, August 18th

Jayhawks Give a Flock (JGAF) will be the largest evidenced-based bystander event in the country. The development of a pro-social bystander intervention culture is imperative in primary prevention work on college campuses. Participants will come to understand that everyone has an important role to play in the intervention and prevention of sexual violence. This program focuses on skills such as understanding appropriate levels of intervention, being mindful of personal safety, and different personal options bystanders have depending on the nature of the situations. Jayhawks Give a Flock will be happening on Saturday, August 18th. The three training sites are Wescoe Hall, Engineering Complex, and Capitol Federal Hall. There will be three sessions of JGAF: • Session 1: 9:00-10:30 AM • Session 2: 11:00-12:30 PM • Session 3:1:00-2:30 PM. Students will be assigned to sessions based on their living communities (i.e. Student Housing, Naismith Hall, Fraternity House, Off-Campus Living). Once you arrive at your training site, you will be notified of your workshop's floor and room location. More information on where your session will be can be found on the next page or by downloading in the KU Guide app. If you have additional questions or concerns regarding Jayhawks Give a Flock please contact us at or 785-864-5879.

KU Common Book Discussion Groups-Sunday, August 19th 

The KU Common Book Discussion will be held by the Office of First-Year Experience. All new students will meet with returning student leaders and faculty, staff and administration to discuss Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work by Edwidge Danticat, KU's Common Book for 2018-19. These discussions are an important part of Hawk Week and will help students be best prepared for the academic year ahead. Students will receive more information about where to meet for the common book discussion groups in August. For more information about the KU Common Book Discussion please contact Howard Graham at


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