Who is the O-Team?

The O-Team is a term used when referring to all members of the student Orientation team. This includes Orientation Leader (OL), Orientation Peer Advisor (OPA), and Student Coordinator (StuCo). Interested in joining the O-Team? Applications and information about the process to be on the O-Team are available below.

Current undergraduate students who guide a group of incoming new students through their Orientation experience, through small group, programming and leadership activities.

Current undergraduate students who serve on the student leadership team charged with contributing to the overall Orientation program and training of OLs. OPAs also serve as paraprofessional staff and are assigned a group of OLs.

Current undergraduate students who serve on the student leadership team charged with contributing to the overall Orientation program planning and selection and training of OLs. Stu Cos also serve as paraprofessional staff, work closely with professional staff during the academic year, and are each assigned OPAs. 


Orientation Peer Advisor sitting on the GW Hippo


Orientation Peer Advisors in Kogan Plaza 2019



Meet the 2021 Orientation Leadership Team

Student Coordinators

Dani Villardi Headshot

Dani Villardi


Student Coordinator, Social Media & Communication

Hometown: Melbourne, Florida

Major: Political Science

Fun Fact: “I ran into Cody Ko at Target while shopping for a Harry Styles concert.”

Sarah Gregory Headshot

Sarah Gregory


Student Coordinator, Student and Family Experience

Hometown: Colonia, New Jersey

Major: Political Science & Philosophy

Fun Fact: "I own an Etsy shop where I sell crocheted hats and accessories!"

Chinyere Munonye Headshot

Chinyere Munonye


Student Coordinator, Orientation Leader Experience

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Major: Neuroscience

Fun Fact: “I hosted my first art show in high school.”

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Macy McClintock


Student Coordinator, Orientation Leader Experience

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Major: Journalism & political Science with a focus in Public Policy

Fun Fact: “I accidentally ran into Alica Keys in October and got knocked over”


"With everything going on in the world, getting to be a part of the Orientation team provided me with a safe space where I could think about something other than the pandemic. I got to meet other student leaders and freshmen who were excited about being at GW even if classes were online. It gave me hope that the future of this school is still bright in spite of everything.
Raise high!"

Maria Fusca

Orientation Leader (fall 2020), Class of 2023

 How do I join the O-Team

Recruitment, applications and information about the process to become an Orientation Leader (OL) and Orientation Peer Advisor (OPA) become available at the beginning of the Spring Semester. Be sure to check back on our website, and on social media at @studentlifeatgw for information about applying. 

Additionally, the Student Coordinator selection process takes place in the Fall Semester and is handled internally via email communication to past O-Team members.

For additional information, or questions please email [email protected].

After recruitment launches in the Spring Semester, please join our leadership team virtually for an opportunity to learn about the O-Team, application process, roles and more. Sessions are not required but encouraged. If you are unable to attend and would like to meet with someone from our team or have questions please email: [email protected].

O-Team applications will be available online via Engage. The application allows the O-Team Leadership the opportunity to learn more about you and why you want to be on the O-Team. Before applying to be an Orientation Leader or Orientation Peer Advisor it is reccomended that you attend an information session and read the job description carefully. Please note: inorder to apply to be an OPA you must have been an OL previously. 

After our the Leadership Team reviews applications, if you are selected to move forward in the process, you will be invited to participate in interviews. For Orientation Leaders (OL) and Orientation Peer Advisors (OPA) the process looks slightly different. 

Orientation Peer Advisor (OPA)

OPAs will be invited to participate in individual interviews with our team. 

Orientation Leader (OL)

OLs will be invited to participate in group interviews including members of our team past and present. 

Our process wraps up with us notifying candidates about decisions aroung Spring Break via the email submitted with the initial application.

Following selection new O-Team members will have training throught the Spring and Summer months leading up to the Fall New Student Orientation Program. 

Still have questions? No problem! You can follow @StudentLifeatGW on Instagram for more insight into the GW student experience and life on campus. Email [email protected] with any questions or concerns about the New Student Orientation process.