First-Year Forums

Learning in college isn’t just inside the classroom, and that’s why Kalamazoo College offers the First-Year Forum program series for all first-year students during their fall term.

First-Year Forums are programs (usually 1-2 hours in length) offered throughout the fall term on topics important for first-year students (time management, study abroad/away, personal safety, civic engagement in Kalamazoo, career planning, and more!). These engaging programs are facilitated by faculty, staff, and sometimes even upper-class students.

First-year students are required to attend one program in each of five different categories:

  • Social Justice and Civic Engagement
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Personal Decision Making and Habits
  • Career and Professional Development
  • Academic Success and Independent Scholarship

Multiple unique programs are offered throughout the quarter in each of the five categories, so students can pick and choose what programs to attend based on their interest and schedule.

Fall 2020 Forums are hosted on Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Students simply need to sign in with their full name to get credit- easy!

Forum attendance is logged as part of the First-Year Seminar grade. If students do not attend at least one Forum in each group, two percentage points for each Forum missed will be deducted from the final Seminar grade.

First Year Forum: Giving, Receiving, and Communicating Consent

Zoom

Do you know what consent means, and when to use it? How to get and give consent? Join Sexual Peer Education Alliance at K (SPEAK) to discuss the inter-workings of consent and how it plays a role into our day to day lives! Engage in conversations of how to communicate with your partner(s) about sex and relationships.

Offered again November 19

Sponsored by: Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Grant
FYF Group 3: Personal Decision-making and Habits

Community Reflection: History of Racism at K

Zoom

Anne Dueweke, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership Fellow, will describe Kalamazoo College’s racial climate over time including periods in the College’s history when issues of colonization and race were particularly salient.

Sponsored by the Intercultural Center
FYF Group 2: Intercultural Understanding

https://zoom.us/j/95848504967

First Year Forum: Cybersecurity

MS Teams

Protecting the Digital Hive

Is that email really from the Help Desk? Do I really need antivirus? Do I even have anything that a hacker would want? We will answer these questions and more, as well as provide information to help you protect your privacy, your identity, your computer, your homework, your college, and more.

Also offered October 26

Sponsored by: Information Services
FYF Group 5: Independent Scholarship and Academic Success

First Year Forum: Giving, Receiving, and Communicating Consent

Zoom

Do you know what consent means, and when to use it? How to get and give consent? Join Sexual Peer Education Alliance at K (SPEAK) to discuss the inter-workings of consent and how it plays a role into our day to day lives! Engage in conversations of how to communicate with your partner(s) about sex and relationships.

Also offered again November 5

Sponsored by: Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Grant
FYF Group 3: Personal Decision-making and Habits

Community Reflection: Resistance Through Time

Zoom

How Students Engaged with Our Racial Identity

At last week’s Community Reflection, you heard about the College’s racial history. This week, hear about the ways students and employees have engaged with that history throughout time, resisted against racial bias and discrimination, fought for resources, and continue to push the College to create an equitable learning experience for all.

Sponsored by the Intercultural Center
FYF Group 2: Intercultural Understanding

https://zoom.us/j/95256728163