Thriving Foundations Pillar #2: Community Connections
We want you to meet your community even if you are taking classes online. This will be an optional, one-day intensive experience on campus. You'll be grouped with other students in your program and will get to spend a day of learning and fun together.
This on-campus experience allows for a connection to place and friendships to be formed, which you can continue to draw on during online learning experiences throughout your first year. Creating an opportunity for connections and community building and introducing you to the rich support units available to them, will help to set you up for success. As much as possible, the small groups students are assigned during Community Connections will overlap into Pillar III: Peer Program.
Community Connections has now reached capacity for the on-campus events -- stay tuned for virtual participation options coming soon!
If you have any questions, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*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 santization practices.
Community Connections FAQs
Participants will meet staff & faculty.
Research has shown that incoming students who make a personal connection with a staff or faculty member are more likely to succeed in their first year of study. You will have a chance to meet some of the people who work at Western, hear about their approach to educating, and find out how you can continue to build relationships with some of the people who work here.
Students will meet their peers & student leaders.
When you join us for Community Connections you will be assigned a student leader 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 disinfection protocols.
Community Connections involves a number of sessions that you can attend on-campus during your one-day intensive experience. This will offer you the chance to establish friendships, and connect with Western's campus and traditions prior to the start of your first year.
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.
Students will explore their unique strengths in a Strengths Primer session, and then explore topics like healthy relationships, being successful and staying connected in the online classroom, designing their Western experience, and getting to know the London community.
Parent sessions will include a transition talk, Western & COVID-19, Western’s thriving advantage and parents’ role as partners in helping students thrive, getting to know the community that your student will be living and learning in (either or now or at some point in the future), and a session that explores how best to help students prepare for their eventual careers.
Community Connections will be facilitated by a combination of Western staff and students.
Health and Safety
Our early plans include:
- requiring all participants to wear face coverings.
- making hand sanitizer stations available at key locations throughout the program.
maintaining physical distancing practices at all times.
- completing a public health questionnaire prior to attending.
*Please note that these are early plans and may be subject to change pending the review from Western Facilities Management, and Middlesex Public Health.
Yes, a face covering is mandatory for all participants during the entire day of the program. Participating Western staff will also be wearing face coverings.
Recognizing that some participants prefer using their own face covering, you may bring your own as long as it complies with our safety standards. If you do not have your own face covering, Western will provide one to you when you check in at the registration desk.
Travel and Logistics
Yes, there will be free parking on the day of the event. You will receive a reminder e-mail 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 e-mail reminder.
We recommend the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre. Locate close to campus, a patio restaurant, and free parking, Ivey Spencer is an ideal location for overnight accommodations. Room rates (rooms have queen beds only) have been negotiated at $129 per night, and a second room under the same reservation can be booked at 50% off. Please visit their website
to make a reservation.
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 e-mail email@example.com
with your name, original registered date, and the new date that you would like to attend.
Community Connections is a full day commitment, with the program starting promptly at 10:00 and ending at 6:00. 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.
Community Connections is a full day commitment, with the programming starting promptly at 10:00. To ensure we can effectively control traffic and support physical distancing, partial attendance is not possible.
Registration opens at 9:00, with the program starting promptly at 10:00. If you are going to be arriving late, please make your way to your designated registration desk for further instructions.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
with your name and date of registration to cancel your attendance at least 24 hours in advance.
Campus eateries will not be open. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided during registration and in the afternoon, and lunch will be provided to all registered participants.
Yes, we asked participants to indicate dietary restrictions on the registration form so that we can accommodate your needs.
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.
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 starting at 9AM till 10AM and pick them up at 6PM.
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.
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.
For the health and safety of our campus community, and guests, we will not be offering tours of campus or residence on the day you visit. Additionally, the campus will not be open for personal walking tours.
No, there will be no tours of 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 .