Orientation 2017

Orientation Odysseys: Peer Mentor Program

The Peer Mentor Program (PMP) supports the experiences of students from underrepresented communities and provides yearlong opportunities to engage in conversations about the effect of diverse perspectives on the educational experience at Reed College.

Peer Mentors

Students who are the first in their families to attend college, students of color, and students from low income backgrounds are particularly encouraged to join PMP, however all students who identify with the mission of PMP are welcome to join. The four-day Odyssey offered prior to New Reedie Orientation is the first of many PMP activities that take place throughout the year.

In addition to the Odyssey, an important component of the program is peer mentoring. By pairing incoming students with current Reedies, PMP provides additional support for new Reedies transitioning to college life. Participants benefit from meaningful and supportive peer relationships; enhanced knowledge of academic, health, and social campus resources and networks; and opportunities for involvement and leadership.

During the Odyssey, you will explore the city of Portland, engage with the needs of our local community, and learn about campus resources that will support you in your transition to Reed. This Odyssey is for you to get to know other new students, meet potential mentors, and have fun!

If you register for the Peer Mentor Program Odyssey, you cannot attend another Odyssey. 

Contact: Dayspring Mattole, Assistant Dean for Inclusive Community, 503/777-7518.

Important Dates

Friday, August 18
11 a.m.–5 p.m. Check-in/move-in
5:30–7 p.m. Dinner on campus for students and families
7–9 p.m. Welcome event (students only, please)
Saturday, August 19
8:30 a.m.–7 p.m. PMP Odyssey activities in Portland, including dinner
Evening Optional activities
Sunday, August 20
8:30 a.m.–7 p.m. PMP Odyssey activities in Portland, including dinner
Evening Optional activities
Monday, August 21
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. PMP Odyssey activities on campus
5 p.m. Dinner on campus
Evening Optional activities

Cost & Registration

The PMP Odyssey is free. All meals and associated costs are included.

You must register for the Odyssey through IRIS. Your registration will automatically place you in the PMP, which includes the Odyssey, being matched with a mentor, and other activities throughout the year. You also must fill out the waiver of liability. Space for the Odyssey is limited to 50 new Reedies, and is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Within two weeks of registering, you will receive an email confirming your registration. If you do not receive confirmation, please contact peermentor@reed.edu.

If you are an international student who would like a Reed mentor, please contact Dana Lawson, assistant dean of international students, at 503/517-5538 or by email, for more information about the international student mentor program, Interconnect.

Packing for the PMP Odyssey

Please dress comfortably. Clothing and shoes that are comfortable for walking on Saturday and Sunday are strongly recommended. Weather in the Pacific Northwest is highly variable. Although August tends to be quite warm and sunny, it can be cool at night and rainy. We suggest that you dress in layers to be prepared for temperature changes.

Arriving for the PMP Odyssey

You should arrive on campus between 1 and 5 p.m. on Friday, August 18. Check-in will take place in Kaul Auditorium. If a later arrival is unavoidable, please call 503/777-7518 or send an email.

Van shuttles from the airport will run approx. every thirty minutes beginning at 12:30 p.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 18. Reserve a space with Cyrus Monsef by 5 p.m. on August 11. You must provide Cyrus with your name, day-of cell phone number, airline, flight number, and expected arrival time.

Once on Campus for the PMP Odyssey

You will have access to your residence hall room as soon as you arrive on campus. You will sleep in your room all four nights (Friday, August 18, through Monday, August 21). The PMP Odyssey is off campus during the day on Saturday and Sunday.

We will provide activities each evening that will help you connect with other students attending the PMP Odyssey as well as students attending the International Orientation and SEEDS Odyssey. These activities are optional.

All meals will be provided beginning with dinner on Friday, August 18.

Returning from the PMP Odyssey

You will conclude PMP Odyssey activities on campus approximately 6 p.m. on Monday, August 21.


If you are a student in need of accommodations due to disability, physical or otherwise, please let us know in advance so we can be as accommodating and inclusive as possible in our programming. You may also contact Theresa Lowrie in the Disability Support Services office to discuss your needs and other possible accommodations for your time at Reed.

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