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Community Connections

We want you to meet your community before the beginning of the academic year. This will be an optional, intensive experience on campus where you'll be grouped with other students in your faculty/program.

This on-campus experience allows for connections and friendships to be formed which you can continue to draw on during learning experiences throughout your first year. 

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2022 Community Connections Dates

New this year! Attendees and guests have the opportunity to stay overnight in a Western residence for an immersive on-campus experience.

  • Saturday, July 9 - Sunday, July 10
  • Thursday, July 14
  • Saturday, July 16 - Sunday, July 17
  • Saturday, July 23
  • Friday, August 5 - Saturday, August 6
  • Friday, August 12

Questions? Email us at ase@uwo.ca.

*Please note that the planning for this experience is subject to changes to ensure we are following guidance from public health. Your health and safety is important to us and we have plans in place to prioritize physical distancing and disinfection protocols.

Check out our 2021 Virtual Program

Community Connections FAQs

What will happen at Community Connections?

Students will learn about Western and the opportunities that exist on campus.

Research shows that incoming students who make an early connection with staff and resources are more likely to succeed in their first year of study. You will have a chance to learn about the different resources and opportunities that will help make your academic journey successful.

Students will meet their peers & student leaders.

When you join us for Community Connections you will be assigned to two student leaders who will facilitate your group connections for the day. They will spend time help you build new friendships that will carry through your first year and beyond.

Participants will have an opportunity to visit campus.

*Your safety is important. All on-campus activities will be planned prioritizing physical distancing and health and safety protocols.

Community Connections involves a number of activities that will offer you the chance to establish friendships, discover your strengths, and connect with Western's campus and traditions prior to the start of your first year. 

What is the schedule for Community Connections? What will we be doing?

The day consists of sessions centred around various topics and facilitated by Western students and/or faculty and staff. Note that the program for students will be different from the one for guests; you will not be in the same sessions for the duration of the day.

One-Day Programming

The student program includes...

  • Exploring your unique strengths in a Strengths session
  • Learning about designing your ideal Western experience
  • Discovering potential leadership and mentorship experiences
  • Receiving the "Undressing Consent" training

The single-day student program starts promptly at 10 a.m. and will end around 4:30 p.m. For those attending the two-day program, student leaders will guide you to the residence once the day portion of the program concludes at 4:30pm.

The parent program includes...
  • Transition talk
  • A discussion about campus well-being
  • Getting to know the community that your student will be learning in
  • ...and a variety of other topics!

The timing of the guest’s programming largely parallels the students’ program, though it will end slightly earlier: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For those attending the two-day program, student leaders will guide everyone to the residence once the day portion of the students’ program concludes at 4:30 p.m.

Two-Day Programming

For those who register for the two-day event and are staying overnight in a Western residence, you'll participate in the one-day program above, plus additional programming, including...

  • Evening
    • Dinner at the residence
    • Student-specific programming such as a mock floor meeting
    • Indoor/outdoor games and activities
  • Morning/Afternoon
    • Breakfast at the residence
    • Campus tour
    • Faculty panel featuring some of our marquee faculty members speaking about their work and respective programs, and the opportunity to ask them questions
    • Wraps around 12:30 p.m. with a takeaway bagged lunch

Who will be leading the day?

Community Connections will be facilitated by a combination of Western staff and students.

Will I receive the mandatory "Undressing Consent" training during Community Connections?

Yes, students attending Community Connections will receive the "Undressing Consent" training. You should have received an email to your @uwo.ca account with further details on this mandatory training. If you have questions on the training, please email gbsv.edu@uwo.ca

Health and Safety

What health and safety precautions are being taken to protect participants at Community Connections?

Our plans include:

  • requiring all participants to wear three-layer non-medical masks (these will be provided on arrival)
  • maintaining physical distancing practices at all times
  • completing a public health questionnaire prior to attending
*Please note that these plans are subject to change.

Do I need to wear a face covering during Community Connections?

Yes. If needed, we will provide all participants with a three-layer non-medical mask when they arrive which you must wear for the entire day of the program. Participating Western staff will also be wearing face coverings.

Travel and Logistics

Is parking provided?

Yes, there will be free parking on the day of the event. You will receive a reminder email in advance of your Community Connections day, which will direct you to a specific parking lot. A link to a campus map will be included in the email reminder.

I am travelling from out of town and will require overnight accommodations. What do you recommend?

For guests registered for the one-day Community Connections program, we recommend checking out the Tourism London website.

For guests registered for the two-day Community Connections program, overnight accommodation at a Western residence is included in your registration unless you choose to stay off-site.

I need to change the date I plan on attending. How far in advance do I need to do that, and how do I do it?

Space on each day of the program is limited, so if you need to change your date, you should make that request as soon as possible. Please email ase@uwo.ca with your name, original registered date, and the new date that you would like to attend.

Can I leave at any time?

Community Connections is a full day commitment, with the programming starting promptly at 10 a.m. and ending around 4:30 p.m. (guest program ends at 4 p.m.). If you need to leave the program before the official end time, please note that you will not be able re-join your group for the remainder of the day.

Can I come for the afternoon?

Community Connections is a full day commitment, with the programming starting promptly at 10 a.m. To ensure we can effectively control traffic and support physical distancing, partial attendance is not possible.

What do I do if I arrive late?

Registration opens at 9 a.m., with the program starting promptly at 10 a.m. If you are going to be arriving late, please make your way to your designated registration desk for further instructions.

I am no longer able to attend. How do I cancel my attendance?

Please email ase@uwo.ca with your name and date of registration to cancel your attendance at least 24 hours in advance.

Will campus food eateries be open?

We don't expect campus eateries to be open, so light refreshments, snacks, and lunch will be provided to all registered participants.

Participants registered for the two-day program will have dinner and breakfast available in residence, and a bagged lunch to go when the second day's programming concludes around 12:30 p.m.

Can my dietary restrictions be accommodated during the program?

Yes, we ask participants to indicate dietary restrictions on the registration form so that we can accommodate your needs.

Guests

I am a guest (e.g. parent, sibling, friend, supporter) of a student attending Community Connections. Will we be attending the same programming?

The program has one programming track for students and a separate programming track for guests, including friends. To ensure the safety of all participants, and to abide by all public health guidelines, it is important that participants stay in their assigned groups for the duration of the day.

I am not registering as a guest. Can I just drop off my student?

If you did not register as a guest, you do not need to attend the separate guest programming for the day. You are more than welcome to drop your student off for registration from 9 - 10 a.m. and pick them up at 4:30 p.m. If your student is attending the two-day program and staying overnight in residence, the second day's programming will end around 12:30 p.m.

Can I bring more than two guests?

Ordinarily we would be able to accommodate your request, but given the restrictions on the number of people gathering at once, and the physical distancing efforts we are implementing, students are restricted to bringing 2 guests who have registered in advance.

My guest is a friend or significant other. Can we stay together during the program?

Each registered student will be assigned a specific group based on their faculty and other details. Students may not switch groups. Guests, including friends and significant others, will be assigned their own groups separate from students, and will not be spending the day together.

However, for those attending the two-day program, students and their guests will participate in the second day’s program (breakfast, campus tour, and faculty panel) together.

I'm attending the two-day program. Will my guest be staying in the same residence as me?

In order to mimic the university experience as best as possible, all registered students will be staying in Ontario Hall while their guests will be staying in London Hall.

Campus

During Community Connections, can I explore the campus? Can I visit any of the residences?

We are in the process of developing our program offerings for Community Connections. We hope there is an opportunity to explore the campus, but this will largely depend on public health measures. Check back on this page closer to the start of the program to find out more. Our goal is to ensure a positive experience for attendees while maintaining the health and wellbeing of our campus community.

For those attending the two-day program, a campus tour is included during the second day's programming.

Will there be campus tours during Community Connections?

Formal campus tours are only a part of the two-day Community Connections experience.

Can I bring my pet to campus during Community Connections?

Under Western's Pets and Therapy Animals on Campus Policy, pets are not permitted in Western buildings. Animals approved as service/therapy animals are permitted.