What is the Summer BRIDGE program?
Summer BRIDGE is a Social Justice and Leadership Institute designed for students who identify as first generation, low income, students of color, and/or LGBTQ+. This Pre-Orientation Program introduces underrepresented students early on to specific faculty, staff, student leaders, and other campus resources that can help facilitate a smoother transition to campus and community life. In alignment with Gonzaga’s Jesuit mission, BRIDGE activities and workshops focus on identity development, cultural competence, resilience theory, and the social change model of leadership. BRIDGE also covers such relevant topics as imposter syndrome, stereotype threat, and allyship in an effort to proactively address the “culture shock” that many underrepresented students experience during their first semester at a Predominantly White institution (PWI). All participants will have two BRIDGE Counselors, fellow students who then become their peer mentors throughout their first year in college. BRIDGE is the start of a robust network of year-long support for underrepresented students, who will be trained and nurtured to create a better tomorrow through social justice leadership.
How much does BRIDGE cost?
There is a nominal service fee to cover lodging and all meals associated with this program. The fee is $70.00 per student.
How do I Sign Up?
You can register online. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis, so hurry! If you have any questions feel free to call us at (509) 313-5836 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Does the Program Start?
Your arrival to campus is expected on Sunday, August 19 between 9a - 12p.
Will all of us stay together for the three days and nights?
Yes! All students will stay in a Gonzaga dorm on campus.
What to bring?
Pack a bag for the program. (You will get the opportunity to move in to your residence hall. However, during the program you will be required to stay in a different residence hall with the rest of the group).
Special Parent(s) and or Guardian(s) orientation:
A parent and family program is also offered to parents of BRIDGE participants to expose them to campus resources. Parents and families will have a designated group of BRIDGE counselors who will offer insight about campus life and supporting their student from afar.
For those of you that have registered you will be receiving further information on what to expect, what to bring, and tentative schedules that will give you an idea of how the program will run.