Meet the Team

Student Programs and Leadership Development Chairs

The Student Programs and Leadership Development Chairs are integral to the implementation of the mission of the Student Programs & Leadership Development. The mission is to introduce both first-year and transfer undergraduate students to the developmental resources, unique opportunities, and engaging experiences afforded them while attending Fairfield University.

The SPLD Chairs are charged with the responsibility of co-coordinating these programs. They are exceptional role models to New Student Leaders and to new students at Fairfield University. The Chairs are educators; a cohesive team made up of ethical leaders, and role models exhibiting healthy team dynamics and a strong level of commitment and dedication to the transition of new students to the University.

New Student Leaders (NSL)

The New Student Leader (NSL) plays a vital role in the transition of new students and their families to Fairfield University during New Student Orientation in June, Fall Welcome in August, and the First Year Experience program. They are responsible for conveying information about the University's Jesuit values and institutional mission as well as its unique culture, traditions, and community.

Furthermore, NSLs assist first-year students in meeting their educational, interpersonal, spiritual, and social needs relative to their first year at Fairfield University by co-facilitating (with a Community Associate) the FYE seminar and serving as a mentor to new students throughout the academic year. NSLs engage first-year students in dialogues relating to their first year at Fairfield University, such as academic planning, time management, roommate conflicts, hookup culture, financial literacy, global citizenship, campus culture, etc. all within the contexts of the Jesuit values. The NSL is a role model committed to mentorship, academic excellence, community engagement, and student involvement.


Orientation Support Team (OST)

The Orientation Support Team (OST) serves as behind-the-scenes leaders that make the Orientation program successful. OSTs shadow and work closely with a New Student Leader (NSL) to learn more about what the NSL role requires. Additionally, they receive training on various aspects of the Orientation program, including advising, creating inclusive communities, and facilitating groups. Furthermore, OSTs participate in the set-up and break-down of sessions, registration, decorating, troubleshooting, and other duties as needed. The OSTs also serve in one of Fairfield's oldest traditions, by welcoming and assisting new students and their families as they arrive in the fall.

Community Associates (CAs)

CAs work closely with the Department of Student Programs and Leadership Development and a New Student Leader (NSL) to assist first-year students in meeting their educational, interpersonal, spiritual, and social needs during their first year at Fairfield University. The CA co-facilitates (with a New Student Leader) the FYE seminar as well as serve as a resource for students in their transition to Fairfield.