Jackie Robinson Foundation

New Scholar
Orientation (NSO)

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About JRF's New Scholar Orientation (NSO)

JRF’s New Scholar Orientation (NSO) is a multi-day experience designed to enhance new JRF Scholars’ preparedness for entering college. During the Orientation, Scholars are welcomed into the Jackie Robinson Foundation community, exposed to the rich legacy of the Foundation’s namesake and introduced to the Foundation’s “42 Strategies for Success” curriculum which provides workshops and other offerings over the course of Scholars’ four years in JRF’s Mentoring and Leadership Development Program. Students are also afforded ample time to get to know one another and begin to establish critically important bonds with fellow members of their JRF Scholar cohort.

New Scholar Orientation

Session #1 : Saturday, July 20, 2024

Join the kick off of JRF's New Scholar Orientation (NSO) with three talks, and get set up for success for the upcoming summer workshops.
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1:00PM - 2:00PM

Welcome and Introduction to JRF

Meet members of the Jackie Robinson Foundation staff and regional Scholar Advisory Committee members and receive a general overview of New Scholar Orientation programming. Features a welcome address from JRF President and CEO, Della Britton.

Della Britton

Jackie Robinson Foundation
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2:00PM - 2:30PM

Expectations of JRF Scholar

This sessions offers an overview of the expectations of being a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar and vital information about the year round programs and support services available.
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3:30PM - 4:30PM

Keynote Address

Dr. Judith Quander is Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development for the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD). As the Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development, Dr. Quander is dedicated to supporting UHD faculty and providing opportunities for growth in teaching, scholarship, and service.

Judith Quander

University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)

Summer Workshops

Thursday, July 25 6:00PM - 7:15PM

New College Experience Panel

This panel is designed to help with the successful transition from high school to college. Hear from a panel of higher education professionals who will share insights on resources and support services available to make your time in college a successful one.

Gihan Fernando

American University

Hayden M. Greene

Marymount Manhattan College

Rima Sifri

American University
Tuesday, July 30 6:00PM - 7:45PM

Understanding Your Financial Aid & Managing Your Budget

This practical workshop is designed to review the ins and outs of a financial aid award letter, simplify the cost of attendance, and utilizing your college’s financial aid office as a key resource to navigating how to pay for college and special circumstances that may come up during your time in college.

Brian Lemma

Duke University
Thursday, August 8 7:00PM - 8:15PM

Maximizing Your College Experience

This panel event will allow for the new JRF Scholars to engage in an open dialogue with JRF Alumni focused on their college experience, how to maximize the JRF Scholar experience, and sharing insights and advice on navigating the social and academic aspects of college life.
Tuesday, August 20 7:00PM- 8:00PM

Managing Stress

This workshop explores basic techniques for identifying and dealing with stress and anxiety. You will be introduced to a variety of methods that have proven effective in helping young people recognize and manage some of the stresses that come with being a college student.
Wednesday, August 28 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Time Management Strategies

This workshop introduces participants to ways they can improve their time management skills by reducing time wasting behaviors, thinking patterns, and improving both organization and productivity. Psychological traps that produce ineffective time management will be explored along with some helpful tips and tricks that can quickly save time and effort when trying to complete a packed schedule will also be shared.
Thursday, September 5

Navigating Interpersonal Relationships

We use Interpersonal skills when interacting and communicating with others to help start, build, and sustain relationships. Interpersonal skills are innate and learned skills used in social situations that are very important as you begin your time in college. These skills include working creatively with others, building relationships, communicating clearly, collaborating, adapting to change, flexibility, and resolving conflict. This workshop will explore ways you can improve your communication skills, build relationships, and navigate ways to confront and deal with conflict or having difficult conversations.
Tuesday, September 24

JRF Book Club: I Never Had It Made

All new JRF scholars are required to read I Never Had It Made, an autobiography by Jackie Robinson. Join us to discuss Robinson’s autobiography and answer trivia questions about Jackie Robinson for prizes!