Student Services

New Student Orientation

Friday, August 26, 2022
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We are so excited to meet you and share opportunities for you to get acclimated to Weitzman and Penn.

Please find the New Student Orientation schedule below:

Welcome from Dean Frederick (Fritz) Steiner and Kayla Richards, Associate Director for Student Support

Online Session: Succeeding in Graduate School (mandatory)

Presentations by the Division of Public Safety, Wellness at Penn, Graduate Student Center, and Career Services

Online Session: Design for Belonging (mandatory)

Learn how design can help reduce othering & build belonging with designer, educator, and author, Dr. Susie Wise

Weitzman Plaza: Travel to Campus/Free Lunch

Meet Dean Steiner & Weitzman’s senior staff + grab a boxed lunch, swag, and Dr. Wise’s Design for Belonging book

Weitzman Plaza: Hidden History of Penn’s Campus Tours

A unique tour led by Director of Justice and Belonging, Dr. Matt Kenyatta, every 30 minutes until 3:30pm (registration required) 

Architectural Archives: Architectural Archives Tours

See works of more than 400 designers, led by Curator & Collections Manager, William Whitaker, every 20 minutes until 3:20pm

Weitzman Plaza (under the tent): Activities and Resource Fair

Come learn more about campus resources, cultural centers, and student groups

Weitzman Plaza (under the tent): Quizzo/Happy Hour

Win prizes, enjoy drinks, and lite fare! Join your classmates for this Weitzman tradition (registration for Quizzo required) 

Please stay tuned for details regarding registration for certain events.  

If you have any questions about these New Student Orientation activities, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Kayla Richards, Associate Director for Student Support, at

If you require any accessibility accommodation, such as live captioning, audio description, or a sign language interpreter, please email to let us know what you need. Please note, we require at least 48 hours’ notice. If you register within 48 hours of this event, we won’t be able to secure the appropriate accommodations.