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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.

Orientation Leader (OL)

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

Orientation Peer Advisor (OPA)

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.

Student Coordinator (Stu Co)

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. 

Application and Selection Process

Applications and information about the process to become an Orientation Leader and Orientation Peer Advisor become available in February 2021! Additionally, the Student Coordinator selection process took place in October 2020 and is handled internally. For additional information, or questions please email [email protected].

Step 1: O-Team Information Sessions

Please join our leadership team virtually for an opportunity to learn about the O-Team, application process, roles and more. Sessions will be held virtually and 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].

Step 2: O-Team Applications

Complete the online application via Engage (Link available February 1st, 2021). The application allows the O-Team Leadership the oppurtunity to learn more about you and why you want to be on the O-Team. Please fill out the application in its entirety and submit by February 15, 2021.

Orientation Peer Advisors in Kogan Plaza 2019

OPA Application

Before applying to this role please read the job description carefully, or attend an information session.

Orientation Peer Advisor Application 

(closes February 15, 2021 at 11:59pm ET)

Please note that inorder to apply to the OPA role, you must have served as an OL prior, to qualify.

Step 3: O-Team Interviews

If you are selected to move forward in the process, you will be invited to participate in interviews. More information will be available on the week of February 22nd. 

Step 4: O-Team Selection

Candidates will be notified about decisions before Spring Break 2021 to the email submitted with the application. 


Meet the O-Team

Leadership Team

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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.”

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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!"

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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, Class of 2023

"I really enjoyed my time as an OL! The kids were great and it allowed me to be creative which I loved." 

"I truly did love it. One of my fave things from the summer. So blessed to be a part of this wonderful program. You guys (Orientation Staff) are so so so awesome. I am so lucky to have grown from this experience and I consider myself a stronger leader and better person because of it!"

Orientation Leaders 2020

Meet the Class Year Programs Team

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Shaelyn McCarthy


Student Coordinator, Class Year Programs 

Hometown: Foxborough, Massachusetts

Major: Organizational Sciences & Psychology

Fun Fact: "One time I did a workout with Kelley O’Hara at the Lincoln Memorial at 5:00 am".

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Adedasola Adeniyi


Student Coordinator, Class Year Programs 

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria

Major: International Affairs

Fun Fact: "I'm currently learning how to sew."

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Student Coordinator, Class Year Programs 

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Major: International Affairs

Fun Fact: "Senator Angus King of Maine once said I had nice socks ."

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.