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Orientation Chairs

Orientation Chairs (OCs) assist the Orientation Transition & Retention (OTR) staff in the planning and implementation of orientation programs for new American University students and their families. In addition to working with new students and families, OCs lead teams of Orientation Leaders and work closely with many departments on campus. OCs are expected to work part time throughout the spring semester and full time throughout the summer.


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Meet the 2018 OCs

Sumita Bhattarai (she/her/hers)
Position: Orientation Chair of Logistics
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Major: International Relations
Minors: Public Health + Finance
Organizations Involved in on Campus: South Asian Student Association, US-Pakistan Women's Council, American Bhangra Crew

Grace Chitam (she/her/hers)

Position: Orientation Chair of Programming
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: South Portland, ME
Major: Anthropology
Minor: Education Studies
Organizations Involved with On Campus: Kid Power, EagleTHON, Alpha Phi Omega, AU Ambassadors

Matt Pedretti (he/him/his)

Position: Orientation Chair of Communications/Technology
Year: Junior
Hometown: Yorktown Heights, NY
Major: Public Relations/Strategic Communication
Minor: Political Science
Organizations Involved with On Campus: SOC Ambassadors, Eagle Endowment for Public + Community Service, AU Honors Program