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The Graduate School at ESF
Fall 2023 Orientation

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Welcome to SUNY ESF! We're looking forward to helping you get settled in through a variety of events and sessions.

Orientation week is designed to help new graduate students:

  • Meet other graduate students
  • Be welcomed by ESF’s faculty, staff, and administration
  • Learn about resources available to you
  • Understand ESF values and student expectations
  • Get tips for a successful graduate school experience
  • Explore the city of Syracuse


International Student Orientation | Wednesday, Aug. 16 - Friday, Aug. 18

Graduate School Orientation | Monday, Aug. 21

GA Colloquium | Wednesday, Aug. 23 

All new graduate assistants are required to attend. Click here for more info. 


New Graduate Student Orientation

8:30 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

, Continental Breakfast and *Tabling Session

9:25 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.

Official Greeting

Dr. Valerie Luzadis, Dean, The Graduate School

Joanie Mahoney, President, SUNY ESF

9:35 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Where We Stand: In Haudenosaunee Homelands

Dr. Robin Kimmerer, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

"You Belong": Amplifying our Voices for a Just and Equitable ESF

Danushi Fernando, Chief Diversity Officer, OIDE

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Mental Health Matters

Erica Allen, LMHC, Director of Counseling

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

How Things Work: Answers to Your Questions About Graduate School

Dr. Valerie Luzadis, Dean, The Graduate School

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Interactive Panel Discussion: Thriving in Graduate School - Insights from Students

Graduate Students

12:30 p.m. - 12:40 p.m.

Closing Remark

Dr. Samuel Mukasa, Executive Vice President and Provost

12:40 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Buffet Lunch with Department Chairs and Graduate Coordinators

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Optional Tours with Graduate Student Association (GSA)


*Tabling of Important Services

Meet the representatives from ESF offices and services.

  • Beth's Bounty
  • Bursar
  • Choose Action Network
  • Office of Communications and Marketing
  • Computing and Network Services
  • Counseling Services
  • Downtown COmmittee
  • Graduate Student Association
  • Office of Sustainability
  • Human Resources
  • Office of International Education (OIE)
  • Registrar
  • Research Foundation
  • Student Affairs
  • Teaching and Learning Center
  • The Graduate School
  • University Police Department
  • VERA House