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.

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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:

  • Incoming first year-year students who eligible to participate in Smooth Transitions will receive an alert in their Road to Xavier portal with the link and information to apply.
  • The deadline to apply for the 2023 first-year cohort is Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 11:59pm.
  • Students will be notified of acceptance into the program by Monday, June 20, 2023 at 5pm.
  • Students who are a selected must confirm admittance into the program by Monday, June 26, 2023 at 5pm.

Smooth Fall 2023 Pre-Orientation:

  • August 13-16, 2023

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