The week of NSOP wouldn’t be possible without all of the individuals who help plan and implement the program. We have full-time administrators who oversee the program, a student committee who helps plan the individual events, and crew chiefs and orientation leaders who help make the program come to life by staffing events and introducing new students to campus life.
We have five full-time administrators who oversee and plan NSOP over the course of the year. They help to guide the NSOP Committee in the planning process, while assisting in oversight and training of all of our incredible student volunteers (Crew Chiefs and Orientation Leaders). If one of our students is unable to help answer a question or address a concern, the staff are here to help!
Hiring our NSOP Committee is a highly selective process. The members have strong leadership and interpersonal skills, energy, self-direction, institutional pride, and enthusiasm for planning Orientation and welcoming new students to Columbia and Barnard.
Crew Chiefs are a critical link between the Orientation Leaders and the Orientation Committee. They assist in training Orientation Leaders, coordinating crews' coverage of events, leading walking tours and working on school-specific events. Most of a Crew Chief's time is spent leading a crew of approximately ten Orientation Leaders and ensuring that his or her crew completes its assignments (setting up, running, and cleaning up events) during Orientation.
Orientation Leaders (OLs) welcome new students and ease their adjustment to Barnard and Columbia. Additionally, as members of Orientation crews, they help implement Orientation programs by fulfilling crew assignments, for which they must be available throughout Orientation. The work they do during NSOP includes setting up, running, and breaking down all assigned events and helping new students move into their rooms. They also participate in all activities during NSOP to ensure that resources are constantly available to new students. All Barnard first-year and transfer students should receive an email from their OL to welcome them to the community. If you don't hear from your OL by August 5th please email us to let us know!