Royals of Color Kickoff

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Pre-Arrival Program to Help you Build a Strong Foundation for Success!

What is ROCK?

ROCK is an exciting NEW early arrival program which invites new students of color to come to campus the Thursday, prior to first-year move in to connect with peers, upper-division mentors, and campus and local resources to support social network development, community-building, and campus and local-area connection.  The day-and-a-half long program will feature a networking dinner with families and University staff and administrators, social activities, a campus resource tour, a Downtown lunch and business tour, and candid conversations with returning students of color.  Our goal is to help you feel at home on campus an in Scranton!

When is it held?

New students will arrive on campus on the morning of Thursday, August 26th (and move into their Fall housing assignment for residential students). Parents and Guardians will be invited to participate in our welcome and dinner. We will host events and sessions for students from 7pm on August 26th through the morning of August 28th. A final schedule will be provided to participants closer to the event. 

Who can participate and what is the cost?

There is no cost, though we do ask that if you register, you commit to coming.  We invite any first-year student who identifies as a student of color to register and begin to build social and community connections with peers of color.  You will be able to engage with upper-division students of color, as well as faculty, staff, and administrators all around campus.

How do I sign up?

Just complete this form!

What if I have questions?

Feel free to contact us at any time!  You may reach Maria Marinucci, Director of the Cross Cultural Centers, at maria.marinucci@scranton.edu or 570.941.7902 or Jose Sanchez, Assistant Director of the Cross Cultural Centers, at jose.sanchez@scranton.edu or 570.941.5904. 

  • When is the ROCK Early Arrival Program?plus or minus

    The Early Arrival program will take place on Thursday, August 26th to Saturday, August 28th, 2021. A final schedule will be sent to participants closer to the event!
  • Where will ROCK be held?plus or minus

    The program will take place on the University of Scranton campus in various buildings and downtown businesses.
  • When will I be notified if my registration has been accepted for the program?plus or minus

    Students will receive notification within 1 business day that they their registration has been accepted.
  • When and where should I arrive to campus on August 26th?plus or minus

    Once you register for ROCK, you will receive confirmation on where and when you should arrive on campus. 
  • Can I commute back and forth to campus for this program if I am not living in the residence halls?plus or minus

    Yes. Any student not living in University of Scranton residence halls or properties may drive back and forth to campus each day. Students who do not have a parking sticker will need to contact the Parking Services Office at 570-941-7876 for parking options.
  • What time does the ROCK start?plus or minus

    ROCK Kickoff is scheduled to start at 4:30pm in the DeNaples Center. The program will start with a “Meet & Greet” with University staff and representatives from Student Life Division, with ROCK participants and their guests! Students living on campus will move into their residence halls earlier in the day. 
  • Are my parent(s) or guardians (s) required to stay for the program?plus or minus

    Parents/guardians are invited to attend with their students the kickoff dinner and meet and greet with guests on August 26th at 4:30pm. Additionally, after dinner, students will have time to say farewell to their loved ones between 6 pm-7 pm before they are off to evening activities.
  • Will I need money for food?plus or minus

    All participants of ROCK will have all their meals provided free of charge throughout the duration of the program.