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PEP is a pre-Welcome Week program for students of color at Bethel.

It starts before Welcome Week so you can come early and get settled into life on campus. You can find out more information on the PEP schedule.

During PEP, you will:

  • Get to know returning Bethel students, faculty, and staff
  • Participate in fun, collaborative learning experiences
  • Receive resources to help you navigate campus life

What will I do during PEP?

Throughout the program, students get to know returning Bethel students, faculty, and staff; participate in fun, collaborative learning experiences; and receive invaluable resources that will help them navigate campus life.

Who is PEP for?

PEP is designed specifically for racially underrepresented students. 

Does this promote segregation?

The practice of segregation is a means to separate and de-value others. Conversely, PEP is a pre-Welcome Week program that exists to honor the unique cultural realities of underrepresented students while encouraging them to embrace their larger campus community as well.

Does it cost to participate in PEP?

No. Participation is free, but space is limited.

Does PEP replace Welcome Week?

No. PEP is a pre-Welcome Week program whose content is uniquely designed and does not duplicate Welcome Week efforts. PEP participants transition directly from the program into Welcome Week.

Can my family participate with me?

Family members are welcome to join you for the first day of PEP orientation, which includes a Three-Strand Cord Family Banquet (free of charge). When you register for PEP, please indicate who will join you on campus that first day. Also, encourage your family to check out the main parent and family schedule for details about Thursday and Friday of Welcome Week.

When do I have to make a decision about PEP?

The deadline for PEP registration is mid-July. You will receive email communication with the exact date.

How do I sign up?

Registration will open in late June. An email will be sent to your Bethel account in June with access to the online registration form.

Can I participate if I am an athlete, a commuter, or an adult student? 

Athletes: You may participate if you have your coach's permission. Please consult with your coach before signing up.

Commuters: Yes, you may participate! Please make your own travel arrangements to and from campus each day of the program.

Adult learners: Yes, you may participate! Some PEP sessions will be more relevant for you than others. Please contact our office to ask which sessions to attend.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

Please email our office at intercultural-programs@bethel.edu.