Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Smooth Transitions

Smooth Transitions (Smooth) is a pre-orientation and year-long mentoring program designed to help underrepresented students find their place and deepen their capacity to be leaders inside and outside of the classroom at Xavier and beyond. We define underrepresented as first generation, low socioeconomic status, and students of color. While the pre-orientation offers a holistic view of the Xavier experience, its primary purpose is to provide culturally restorative development opportunities that build social and institutional capital, self-awareness, and cultural competence. Our yearlong engagement continues the relationship building necessary for the skill lab experiences to take root and become life-long practices.

Smooth Transitions


Smooth Transitions program objectives:

  1. Improve the learning capacity and academic mindset of participants through culturally responsive and culturally restorative engagement.
  2. Build student social capital and cultivate a network/village of support that increases sense of belonging and capacity to thrive at Xavier University.
  3. Deepen capacity for leadership locally and globally through intrapersonal and interpersonal cultural competency development. 

Application Information:

  • The deadline to apply for first-year students to participate in Smooth is 11:59pm on Thursday, June 3, 2021 via the Road to Xavier portal.
  • Students will be notified of acceptance into the program by Friday, June 18, 2021 at 5pm.

Smooth Fall 2021 Pre-Orientation Dates: 
  • August 9-11, 2021

If you have any general questions about Smooth, questions about accessibility or requesting accommodations, please contact the Smooth Coordinator, Diamond Brown.