What is BRIDGE?

BRIDGE stands for Building Relationships in Diverse Gonzaga Environments (BRIDGE). BRIDGE is designed for students of color and First Generation students to enter a space that both explores and embraces all identities in support of one another. In partnership with the University mission BRIDGE allows students to develop and grow into holistic versions of themselves, while creating their own community.This pre-orientation program is designed to assist students from multicultural and/or first generation backgrounds with a smooth transition to Gonzaga University and the Spokane area.

By participating in BRIDGE students will:

  • Begin to navigate college expectations and identify resources to help adjust to college.

  • Build a foundational support network of current student leaders, staff, and faculty who are invested in student success.

  • Reflect and explore different aspects of personal identity and how that may impact the college experience.

  • Establish meaningful relationships with incoming students of similar backgrounds.

  • Stay connected throughout the academic year through mentorship and leadership opportunities with UMEC and the BRIDGE program.



Registration for all pre-orientation programs is on a first-come, first served basis. Students may only participate in one program.

**Cost Subject to Change

  • BRIDGE: $70

Scholarships are available. Please click HERE for past BRIDGE information

Are you a current GU student who is passionate about social justice, identity development, and welcoming new Zags to campus?

If so, consider applying to be a BRIDGE Counselor! 

BRIDGE Counselors

  • Approx. 16 positions (including parent program counselors)
  • Help orient new first-year students of color and/or first generation students
  • Participate in and lead social justice and identity development related activities
  • Serve as a mentor and guide to your small group
  • This is a volunteer position with training and the program taking place the two weeks of August before orientation
  • Applications available in the Spring of 2018
  • Counselor Application