Welcome Week

Whether you are a new incoming student, returning for another year or transferring from another campus or university, the Center for Belonging and Social Change's Welcome Week Events are an excellent opportunity to start your year successfully with your Buckeye community!

Each of these events aims to help you become more familiar with the resources that the CBSC offers, learn about student organizations to get involved with, and highlight avenues for you to get connected to all that Ohio State has to offer. You belong here!

LGBTQ Welcome (Back) Mix and Mingle

Monday, August 22, 4 - 6 p.m.

Ohio Union, Great Hall Meeting Room

Come kick off the school year at the LGBTQ Welcome (Back) Mixer! At the Mix and Mingle, you will have the chance to connect with other students and learn about LGBTQ+ resources on campus and in Columbus. Whether you're looking for a student organization to get involved in, want to meet new people or need help navigating Columbus, this fun event will provide the resources you need! This event is for all LGBTQ students and allies at Ohio State. Staff and faculty are welcome to stop by too! This year's Mix and Mingle is on August 22, 4-6 PM, in the Great Hall Meeting Room, which is located on the first floor of the Ohio Union. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP at go.osu.edu/lgbtqwelcome. If you would like more information about the event, contact Ari Grubaugh at grubaugh.20@osu.edu.

APIDA Welcome and Showcase

Tuesday, August 23, 6 - 8 p.m.

Ohio Union, Performance Hall

Looking to connect with new friends in the Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi-American (APIDA) community? Attend the APIDA Student Welcome and Showcase!

This event is an opportunity to learn more about different student organizations with a table fair, meet students and staff who will share information about the resources available in the Center for Belonging and Social Change, and also a chance to see some really great performances by our student community. Stop by, grab a snack and get connected! For more information, contact Angie Wellman at wellman.63 @osu.edu.

Native American and Indigenous Community Dinner

Wednesday, August 24, 6 - 8 p.m.

Ohio Union, Cartoon Room

Join the Ohio State Native American and Indigenous community for a welcome back event during Welcome Week! This is an opportunity to meet new and incoming students, as well as learn more about NAISI programs and initiatives scheduled for the upcoming academic year.

The Welcome Gathering is a great opportunity to begin to become familiar with your home away from home! Contact Madison Eagle at eagle.41@osu.edu with any questions.

Latinx Welcome Cookout

Thursday, August 25, 4 - 6 p.m.

Ohio Union, Performance Hall and Potter Plaza

The Latinx Welcome Cookout is a celebration for the start of the school year with Ohio State’s Latino and Latin American communities. It is a great opportunity for new students, faculty and staff to get involved, make new friends, network and while enjoying free food and fun activities. Contact Indra Leyva Cook at leyvacook.1@osu.edu for any questions.

African American Family Reunion

Friday, August 26, 5 - 7 p.m.

Performance Hall and Potter Plaza, Ohio Union

The African American Family Reunion is an event welcoming first-year and transfer students, as well as a welcome home gathering for returning students. This event consists of a table fair showcasing Black student organizations and campus resources, great music and great food. This year’s Reunion also features the NPHC Yard Show, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Browning Amphitheater.  

The African American Family Reunion is a collaboration between the Center for Belonging and Social Change , the Black Student Association (BSA), NPHC and the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center, along with other campus partners. Get acquainted with the Black OSU student community, make a plate and enjoy the show! For more information, contact Angie Wellman at wellman.63 @osu.edu.

First Generation College Student Welcome Open House

Saturday, August 27, 3 - 5 p.m.

Ohio Union, Center for Belonging and Social Change

Did either/any of your parents complete a four-year college degree? If you answered no, then you are a first-generation college student, and being the first in your family to attend college is something to be proud of!  Welcome to campus, we’re glad you’re here!

Whether you are a new incoming student, returning for another year or transferring in from another campus or university, the Student Life Multicultural Center is here to offer you a home away from home. Come meet other first-gen students, check out the Center, learn about the Buckeyes First student organization and other campus resources! For more information, contact Angie Wellman at wellman.63 @osu.edu.