Welcome programs

We know from experience (and research!) how fundamental and real the need is to feel at home on campus. Through our welcome programs, we want to make that part a little easier and less stressful by connecting you with communities that support the transition to college life. These programs are open to all first-year and transfer students. 

GOAAL - Growing Oceanic and Asian American Leaders

Growing Oceanic and Asian American Leaders (GOAAL) is a MESA Welcome Program that focuses on community-building and leadership development. In collaboration with the Oceanic Student Association (OSA) and United Asian American Organizations (UAAO), it is offered to all incoming first-year and transfer students through the lenses of the Asian American and Pacific Islander experiences. Participants will explore and critically think about identity, cross-group coalition building, and leadership.

Native American Student Welcome

The Native American Student Welcome is a program offered to all incoming first-year and transfer students who would like to learn about and connect with Native American students, faculty, and staff at the U-M. In partnership with the Native American Student Association, this program offers opportunities to build community, inform their knowledge of campus support, and deepen their learning of Native identity. 

This program will take place on campus on Friday, August 25th. 


SALAM - Successful Arab Leaders at Michigan

SALAM is a partnership between the Arab Student Association and the Office of Multi-Ethnic Students Affairs (MESA). This multi-day program is for incoming first and transfer students to build community, learn about campus resources, and connect with one another about the Arab student experience. The program is open to all U-M students interested in understanding and supporting the Arab community. 

ALMA Welcome Program

The ALMA welcome program is a partnership between the Office of Multi-Ethnic Students Affairs (MESA) and La Casa. Going into its 22nd year of programming, ALMA is a four-day welcome program that strives to build a sense of belonging for incoming first-year and new transfer students with an interest in the Latinx identity, community, and culture. The program is open to all students and provides a space for individuals to develop and further explore personal identities, while also engaging in dialogue topics and issues relating to the Latinx experience.