Peer Connections Pre-Orientation Program (PCPOP Leadership Institute)
Welcome! The Office of Intercultural Engagement and Leadership (OIEL) is pleased that you are interested in our Peer Connections Pre-Orientation Program (PCPOP). PCPOP focuses on helping historically under-represented students successfully transition into the unique academic and social experiences available at Grinnell. By offering peer mentors, faculty support, dynamic workshops and a sneak peek at the campus, we seek to ease incoming students into life at Grinnell. More than just a pre-orientation program, PCPOP offers students an opportunity to make friends, mentors, and memories which will remain throughout their collegiate experience.
A critical aspect of the PCPOP model is our mentor – mentee relationships. Mentors are chosen from a pool of high achieving campus leaders. Mentees are paired with mentors based on shared interests, academic histories, regional similarities and various other factors. Mentors serve as a guide and support system for mentees and not merely tour guides. PCPOP mentors are available to share their experiences and offer candid perspectives on life at Grinnell. The mentor-mentee relationship is very fluid. Though we will encourage and help develop strong, long-lasting relationships through group activities and check-ins we allow both parties to form the kinds of mentor – mentee relationships which will prove most useful for their needs. PCPOP mentors will be but one of many mentors and resources on Grinnell's campus available to guarantee student success.
PCPOP directs first-year students on how and where to utilize campus resources to keep them on a successful trajectory, thus navigating the Grinnell College transition more successfully. The Academic Resource Center (ARC) colleagues serve an essential part of student success at Grinnell College. The writing, math, science and reading labs each significantly impact student success in the classroom and improve the overall student engagement. The PCPOP time management, education, leadership and study skills workshops provide training to adequately prepare for rigorous course work, examinations and the intense class curriculum. Throughout this program, we introduce students these resources.
We look forward to your arrival in August and the opportunity to introduce you to this dynamic community.
Questions, comments, concerns? Email any of the following people: