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Sept. 1, 2017
For Immediate Release

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Brantford – Wilfrid Laurier University is welcoming first-year students to its Brantford campus community this fall with a series of orientation events taking place Sept. 4-9.

The Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union has organized an Orientation Week schedule that highlights the strengths of Laurier’s inclusive community. Orientation Week will focus on helping first-year students balance elements of student life while achieving academic success, enjoying life in the City of Brantford, and understanding the importance of Laurier’s student body in the community. A select list of Orientation Week events with photo opportunities for the media can be found below, including times and locations.

“Orientation Week on the Brantford campus is an unforgettable week of activities and events to help integrate incoming students into both the Laurier and Brantford communities,” said Adam Lawrence, dean of students for the campus. “The Students’ Union, Student Affairs staff and faculty members have been working extremely hard this entire summer – with the help of nearly 100 senior student volunteers – to create a transition program that will help prepare students for any academic, well-being, and personal challenges that they may encounter in the coming year.”

Key programming initiatives for Orientation Week include sessions covering consent and gendered violence prevention, physical and mental wellness with an emphasis on student safety and support.

“Orientation Week is a time for incoming students to commence their journey at Laurier. It is an exciting opportunity for students to make new friends and pursue their passions and interests, with an emphasis on events imperative for transition and student success,” said Kanwar Brar, president and CEO of the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union. “Students are an integral part of both the Waterloo and Brantford communities. At the Students’ Union, our mission is to provide the best experience for students, and through Orientation Week, we empower students to achieve.”

All first-year students, whether registered for Orientation Week or not, will attend Succeeding at University sessions Sept. 5 for tips and advice from faculty champions on a successful and positive start to university.

A perennial favourite of O-week at the Brantford campus, the Mayor’s Lunch will be back again on Sept. 6 with municipal officials serving up lunch to first-year students at Harmony Square to officially welcome them to Brantford.

Laurier will host a demonstration about the importance of fire safety, presented by the Brantford Fire Department at the parking lot behind Laurier’s Post House Residence on Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. Firefighters will ignite and suppress fire in a single room to demonstrate the importance of smoke alarms, how quickly fire can spread and the importance of having an evacuation plan.

On the morning of Sept. 6, author and co-founder of the Date Safe Project Inc. Mike Domitrz will present ‘Can I Kiss You?’ at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts. This interactive presentation brings a unique approach to tackling important topics such as dating, intimacy, consent, how to be an active bystander and sexual assault.

On Sept. 7, students will have the chance to take in a campus info fair and yoga. They can also sample the flavours of the city with Taste of Downtown, presented by restaurants from across the city.

On Sept. 9, first-year Laurier students will participate in Shine Day throughout Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge. Continuing a tradition that started at Laurier more than 50 years ago, students will wash cars, shine shoes and run barbecues to raise money for Shinerama, which helps fund cystic fibrosis research and treatment.

An International Orientation for Laurier’s new international students will take place Sept. 1-9.

The Laurier Students Public Interest Research Group will run Radical Orientation Week Sept. 11-15 to provide resources and introduce students to organizations doing social justice work on campus. Events include exploring myths around Indigenous Nations, sexual health including LGBTQ2s+ perspectives, queer and trans orientation, a participatory art project for gendered or sexual assault survivors to share their stories, and more.

Photo opportunities at Brantford campus Orientation Week Events

Carnival Day, Sept. 5
Location: Research and Academic Centre Courtyard
Time: Starting at 2:30 p.m.

Mayor’s Lunch, Sept. 6
Location: Harmony Square
Time: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Room Burn Demonstration, Sept. 6
Location: Parking lot behind Post House Residence (located at corner of George St. and Dalhousie St.)
Time: 6 p.m.

Info Fair and Taste of Downtown, Sept. 7
Location: Research and Academic Centre Lobby and Courtyard
Info Fair – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Taste of Downtown – 11:30 a.m. – 3p.m.

Shine Day (Shinerama 2017), Sept. 9
Location: Various locations in Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge
Time: 8:30 a.m. –  2:45 p.m.

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Media Contacts:

Kanwar Brar, President and CEO

Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union

T: 519.884.0710 x3409

Beth Gurney, Associate Director

Communications and Public Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.756.8228 x5753


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