The Denison Service Orientation (DSO) is an opportunity for approximately 24 students in the Class of 2018 to engage in a rewarding, stimulating, thought provoking, and enjoyable transition to Denison by traveling to Washington, D.C. for a service experience related to homelessness and hunger. During the program, students will engage in intense community service. The trip will be both physically and emotionally challenging at times, but opportunities in leadership and group building activities, and discussion and reflection on the vast issues dealt with in service will foster support and bonds of friendship.
The DSO will run from Saturday, August 16 to Friday, August 22. It is vital to the experience that you attend the entire program. Following various orientation and preparatory activities, the group will travel to Washington, D.C. on Monday, August 18 and will volunteer at social service agencies. Our days require walking significant distances, working long hours (often involving manual labor); students should have stamina and good health to participate fully in the experience. Time has been set aside so that you can explore and experience the city. Arriving back on campus on August 22, you will then transition to the general August Orientation which begins on August 24. The cost is $250 for each participant and covers all meals, transportation and lodging. Pell Grant recipients who wish to participate may have their fees waived. We are looking for students who have the potential to become student leaders and to embrace a service lifestyle, but prior leadership and service experiences are not required. For further information, consult the First-Year website at www.denison.edu/campus/first-year
. Those accepted into the program will be notified before July 1, 2014.