Jump Start

Ohana 2014

Matthew Tom '15

"Ohana was a wonderful experience to forge unforgettable bonds with people from all over the country.  Everyone was warm and accepting --truly a family. To this day, many of my closest friends are those who I made through Ohana.  And to think that this is just the start of my career at WU…. What a wonderful beginning."

  • Dates: Saturday August 16, 2014 - Thursday August 21, 2014

Ohana is Hawaiian for "family," and at Willamette University, family begins with our Ohana program.

Start your college experience as part of a smaller, intimate group focused on the transitional needs of new multicultural students. Move into your Residence Hall early and take care of the things you will need to do before school begins.

Led by current WU students who have successfully integrated into the campus community, Ohana is a time to learn about Salem, Willamette, academic life and cultural resources. During Ohana students will also have an opportunity to meet key staff who will provide information regarding financial aid, living in residence halls, health services, and academic support services.

Most importantly it is a time to make new friendships in an awesome camp setting! The setting for Ohana's five-day, five-night retreat is the 4-H Center just west of Salem. In addition to the activities and a T-shirt, your award includes lodging for five nights and all meals. At the 4-H center you will be joined by other first-year students participating in outdoor recreation and community service. The combined programs are called Jump Start.

Come join the Willamette Ohana! Contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 503-370-6265 for further questions.