SPIRIT — Student Preparedness Initiative: Readiness Inspired by Tradition

A two-week program that helps first-year indigenous students adjust to campus life, build friendships and identify mentors.

SPIRIT: American Indian Student Support Services

SPIRIT

Student Preparedness Initiative: Readiness Inspired by Tradition

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Starting a new life at a university as large as Arizona State University can be overwhelming, and every learner experience is unique. If you’re an incoming ASU student with an indigenous background, your journey may hold additional unique experiences and challenges shared by hundreds of other fellow Sun Devils. 

The SPIRIT program — Student Preparedness Initiative: Readiness Inspired by Tradition — is designed to help you, alongside other indigenous Sun Devils, make a smooth transition to ASU, and start your university experience off right through prep sessions, scholarship advice, fun social activities and culturally inspired workshops.

SPIRIT begins two weeks before the start of fall semester classes. There is no cost to participate.

At SPIRIT, you will:

  • Learn the tools, skills and habits needed to be successful in your academic courses.

  • Learn about ASU resources — like tutoring, mentoring, health and wellness —  that support your success.

  • Get to know staff and faculty members dedicated to nourishing your sense of purpose.

  • Make meaningful connections with other indigenous peers — as friends, study buddies and mentors — in traditional and culturally inspired activities.

  • Tour and become familiar with your new campus and surrounding area.

SPIRIT housing and meals

You will live on ASU’s Tempe campus during SPIRIT. 

If you are planning to live on the Tempe campus during the fall semester, you will live in your designated housing during SPIRIT. Please review the housing portal for your specific room assignment.

If you are planning to live on any other campus, or planning to live off campus during the fall semester, ASU will provide temporary housing during SPIRIT. You will receive a room assignment and room access card on the first day of the SPIRIT program. 

Next steps

In order to participate in SPIRIT, you’ll need to have been admitted to ASU, decided to enroll in fall 2020 courses and reserved your spot at ASU by submitting the $300 enrollment deposit. Here’s a handy checklist to help you figure it out:

Before May 1, 2020

If you haven’t already, you will need to pay the $300 enrollment deposit. The deposit date is May 1, 2020, but the earlier you do so, the more options you’ll have for orientation and housing. Remember, the enrollment deposit is needed before you can take any other steps. If you are an Arizona resident who applied for financial aid and received a Pell Grant as part of your award, you can defer your enrollment deposit and apply for on-campus housing and dining for the fall 2020 semester.

You can pay your deposit at my.asu.edu.

March –July

Attend New Student Orientation

Make sure to register for and attend an orientation between March and July. During orientation, you will:

  • Meet an advisor.

  • Register for classes.

  • Arrange for housing.

See details at eoss.asu.edu/orientation

Aug. 2

Move-in Day

Aug. 3–13

SPIRIT 

You made it! Enjoy a two-week immersive experience exploring your new home among friends.

 

Financial aid

If you are in need of financial aid, make sure to file your FAFSA at students.asu.edu/financialaid/apply.

Daily schedule

  • Classes on college academic expectations.

  • Introduction to academic support resources.

  • One hour for lunch.

  • Meetings and activities with peer ambassadors.

  • Programming with guest speakers, including deans, peers and campus resource representatives.

  • Traditional and culturally inspired activities.

  • Dinner and evening programs.

Frequently asked questions

What is SPIRIT | Student Preparedness Initiative Readiness Inspired by Tradition?

What is SPIRIT | Student Preparedness Initiative Readiness Inspired by Tradition?

SPIRIT is a free two­ - week program that provides incoming first time students a head start at Arizona State University (ASU). Students identify resources and participate in workshops which include financial and scholarships, time management, and culturally based activities. Programming includes guest speakers, presentations by ASU staff and faculty, including deans,  peers and campus resource representatives. SPIRIT is meant to help students make friends, adjust to campus life and meet support staff. 

Can students attend SPIRIT and other University Summer programs (i.e. E 2 , W. P. Carey)?

Can students attend SPIRIT and other University Summer programs (i.e. E 2 , W. P. Carey)?

Yes. Students must inform AISSS staff of other university programs they are planning to attend. 

What should participants bring?

What should participants bring?

Students should bring two weeks’ worth of clothing, ­­including: walking shoes, bedding (pillows, sheets, and blankets), snacks (reusable water bottle, granola bars), toiletries (body wash, shampoo & conditioner, toilet paper) and towels (body, hand and washcloth/loofa).

Will students move into fall housing?

Will students move into fall housing?

Yes. Students who will be residing on-campus will move into fall housing assignments on Sunday, August, 4 2019. 

Students from ASU’s Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic, and West campuses, including Tempe students living off campus in the fall, will move into San Pablo Residence Hall for the two-week SPIRIT program from August 4 - ­August 15, 2019. 

Applying for housing?

Applying for housing?

For instructions on applying for housing at Arizona State University, visit https://housing.asu.edu

Will meals be provided?

Will meals be provided?

Yes. Lunch and dinner will be provided during regular programming with the exception of weekends. 

What other costs are anticipated?

What other costs are anticipated?

Additional funds are necessary. Breakfast and weekend meals are not provided. Students should be mindful that classes will start shortly after ending the SPIRIT program and should consider bringing money for textbooks, course ­related materials, and other miscellaneous expenditures. 

What type of clothing should be worn during the program?

What type of clothing should be worn during the program?

It is highly recommended to wear comfortable clothing. For the purpose of this program, dress casually and bring a reusable container for water. It is important to stay hydrated and we have done our best to make sure we are indoors often.

What is a peer ambassador?

What is a peer ambassador?

A SPIRIT peer ambassador is a current ASU student and possibly a program alumnus. The peer ambassadors are your mentors for the entirety of the program. Peer ambassadors are there to answer any questions, share there ­perspectives, help students navigate campus, and help students connect with support services. 

Is a laptop needed?

Is a laptop needed?

No. Computer access is available in the AISSS center and university libraries.

What is the purpose of an ASU ID card?

What is the purpose of an ASU ID card?

The Pitchfork ID Mastercard® Check Card or the ASU ID may be required for some services in residence halls and other areas around campus. It is the students responsibility to carry their Pitchfork ID Mastercard® Check Card or ASU ID at all times. If card is damaged, missing or stolen, students MUST report it to cardservices.asu.edu and to their hall front desk immediately. The missing card will be deactivated and the student must obtain a new Pitchfork ID Mastercard® Check Card or ASU ID at the ASU Sun Card Office. Students are responsible for a $25 replacement card fee.