Student Diversity, Engagement and Success

The SDES New Summer Bridge Program

The SDES New Student Summer Program helps incoming UW-Whitewater students prepare for and transition into college life. Through bi-weekly virtual workshops during the summer, students will gain the information and skills needed for a successful first year of college. The end of the program consists of a week long, on campus transition experience to help students adjust to living and becoming engaged on a college campus.

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The SDES New Summer Bridge Program is an opportunity for incoming freshman students to build their capacity and confidence as they transition from high school into college.  There will be three workshops offered during the summer to help prepare students for college life and academics. They will then end the summer with a full week of workshops, academic preparation and other activities that will help them transition into campus life and get connected to other incoming students.  Areas of support that students will gain include:

  1. Intensive Academic Preparation 
  2. Tutoring 
  3. Academic Advising 
  4. Financial Literacy 
  5. Wellness & Mental Health Support
  6. Mentoring
  7. Leadership Development 
  8. Career Exploration 
  9. Cultural Enrichment, Social Capital & Affirmation
  10.  Campus Immersion & Community Engagement

The New Student Summer Bridge Program is an expansion of the current King Chavez Summer Transition Bridge Program that is targeting 15 new incoming freshman students. In order to be eligible for the program, students must be a first semester freshmen,  who is planning to live on campus, and has a minimum of a 2.50 GPA or higher. 

Just click HERE to apply for the New Student Summer Bridge Program.  We have limited spots available. Our first deadline for the program is June 18th, 2022. Our priority is to accept students who are interested in the program and will be involved, so we can help them transition smoothly during their first year in college. 

  • It is free and no extra cost for moving in early and meals will be provided through the transition week for all participants 
  • Move in early and live independently
  • Mentorship from upperclassmen to assist with any academic struggle 
  • Exposure to cultural enrichment and networking
  • Develop bonds and lifelong friendships with their peers
  • Professional skills and identity development
  • Financial and academic literacy
  • Explore professional college life in a fun and engaging manner
  • Opportunity to familiarize themselves with campus and locate their classes before the semester begins
  • Learn about campus employment, resume workshops, and networking with student organizations

The Fall Transition Week is an event that happens the week before the first week of classes at UW-Whitewater. The week is designed to prep incoming students for their first semester of college. Students have the chance to meet new people, meet faculty and staff, build connections, and learn about important campus resources. Some other benefits include:

  • Moving into the residence halls early
  • Connecting with a student mentor
  • Free meals during the week

The Fall Transition Week is packed full of many seminars and info sessions to help prepare students to succeed during the fall semester and beyond. To view what the Fall Transition Week has looked like in previous years, you can view a highlight video and the schedules below. The 2022 Fall Transition Schedule will be finalized by August 1, 2022. Stay Tuned!!!

Click on thumnails to view past workshop recordings!

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SDES Summer Bridge Program Team Leaders

Student Diversity, Engagement, and Success is looking for motivated and committed student role models to work during the SDES Summer Bridge Programs with the new incoming King/Chávez Cohort and SDES students. Under the supervision of the King/Chávez Director & Diversity Network Coordinator, Team Leaders are responsible for supervision and engagement in all activities, workshops, and programmed events with the Freshman students. We are looking for leaders who are committed to making a positive impact in the lives of the new scholars. Team Leaders will provide guidance during the cultural/academic programming, as well as monitoring during recreational events during the evening/night hours, and general problem-solving throughout the summer bridge program. Team Leaders must be committed to being present during trainings and the on-campus transition week (August 26th for training and August 28th - September 3rd for transition week) for both programs and attend all sessions. Each Team Leader will be responsible for a group of 6-7 students and must ensure their students attend and participate in each session throughout the week and also lead book discussions.

***Students that are Resident Assistants, FYE Peer Mentors, or have other on-campus jobs that have training/job responsibilities during the week of August 28th - September 3rd are not able to apply due to not being able to commit to being present at all sessions for the week. 

SDES Warhawk Summer Bridge Program

The SDES Warhawk Summer Bridge Program is a summer long program that is designed to help 15 underrepresented students gain the skills needed for a successful transition to college. Bi-weekly workshops beginning in June will helps these students learn about college writing, email etiquette, navigating WINS and Canvas, time management, and other successful skills. For the last week of the summer, these students get to move into their residence halls and experience an on-campus transition. During this week, students will get the opportunity to learn about on-campus resources, programs, and connect with faculty, staff, and other students.

Summer Bridge Fall Transition Week

The Summer Bridge Fall Transition Week is a one-week-long program that is designed to help the incoming UW-Whitewater students gain the skills required for a successful transition to college. Students will get to move into their residence halls and experience an on-campus transition. During this week, students will get the opportunity to learn about on-campus resources, programs, research opportunities, and connect with faculty, staff, and other students.

Mentorship and Leadership Expectations

  • Represent King/Chávez Program and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in an appropriate and professional manner.
  • Provide appropriate engagement with students and encouraging peer on peer relationships to will build them up for their academic year.
  • Interact with Freshman students during summer orientation programs, group peer mentorship meetings, games, and activities.
  • Promote SDES events and programs while encouraging participation in campus-wide programs and high impact practices (HIPs)


  • Early move-in for those living on campus
  • Meals during the Fall Transition Week
  • $400-$500 stipend


  • Must be enrolled at least part-time at UW-W and in good academic standing
  • Experience at working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is essential
  • Attention to detail as it relates to communication and teamwork. 
  • Ability to keep confidentiality, handle sensitive information is necessary 
  • Leadership experience on campus or other related work experiences.


Application can be filled out online here: SDES Summer Team Leader Application

A complete application will consist of the online application, a cover letter, and a resume. 

The application deadline is May 1st, the following week applicants will be contacted for an interview. Applicants will be notified before June 1st of their status.

If you have any questions regarding the application or process, please email

Program Staff

Terri Jones

New Bridge Program Director

McCutchan 116

Phone: 262-472-5291


John Dominguez Jr.

Director for the King Chavez Program

McCutcahn 225

Phone: (262) 472-5330


Undergraduate Coordinator

Jaelyne White