A City. An Experience. A Family. A Home.

L.A. Engage is an optional pre-orientation program that nearly/more than half of incoming students participate in to get an up-close introduction to the vibrant city of Los Angeles. Over two days, upperclass facilitators lead trips that help you experience culture, film, food, nature, social justice, the urban environment and more! An L.A. Engage trip lets you connect with your peers, get to know your surroundings, and discover some stunning places you will want to return to time and time again. 

As Occidental continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and most community resources remain closed or operating at limited capacity, this year L.A. Engage will be a virtual experience. Although online, L.A. Engage will still allow you to explore the dynamic arts, culture, history and community of some of Los Angeles’ neighborhoods, from the trendy to the historic.  

Additionally, L.A. Engage will include a live component! From August 9-12, virtual trip leaders will lead JAM (just ask me) sessions via Zoom, each of which will focus on a particular neighborhood of Los Angeles. In these sessions, you will connect with your peers, virtually explore these Los Angeles neighborhoods, and have the opportunity to ask the trip leaders any questions you might have about their experience as an Oxy student in Los Angeles.

To access the L.A. Engage site, and view all of our virtual trips, head to Oxy's official presence site and click on any of the trips to learn more about the arts, culture, community, and history of the neighborhoods we've selected.

L.A. Engage’s live virtual experience will start on Sunday, August 9. Live JAM sessions will be held until Wednesday, August 12. We will be concluding the program with a special virtual finale for all incoming students to enjoy! Please see below for LA Engage's official Virtual JAM Session schedule and how to access each session.   

If you have any questions, feel free to contact SLICE Assistant Director Shaneice Warfield at swarfield@oxy.edu.

L.A. Engage and New Student Orientation

L.A. Engage is a pre-orientation program for first-year students only. As the content and goals of the program are unique yet complementary, all participants of L.A. Engage are also required to participate in New Student Orientation, August 21-23. 

Registration & Costs

Since L.A. Engage 2020 will be a virtual experience, registration for the program will not be required and there will be no cost to participate. Please see schedule below for live programming dates. 

L.A. Engage Virtual JAM Session Schedule: 

*ATTN: JAM Session Login info (meeting ID/ password) included in the "Learn More" section of each neighborhood in Presence*

Sunday Aug 9

10-11:30am PDT - Student Life Q&A

12-1:30pm PDT - Burbank / Glendale / Studio City

3-4:30pm PDT - Koreatown

5-6:30pm PDT - Venice / Santa Monica

Monday Aug 10

12-1:30pm PDT - Baldwin Hills / Leimert Park / Inglewood

3-4:30pm PDT - Echo Park / Silver Lake

5-6:30pm PDT - Eagle Rock / Highland Park

Tuesday Aug 11

12-1:30pm PDT - Pasadena / Altadena

3-4:30pm PDT - West Hollywood

5-6:30pm PDT - DTLA

Wednesday Aug 12

5-6:30pm PDT - Program Finale

We look forward to virtually meeting you during these sessions!

L.A. Engage Team

Occidental College

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