Northeastern University: Center of Community Services

ACES Welcome Week

ACES Welcome Week Update for Fall 2020:

Unfortunately, due to a number of uncertainties and new regulations as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 NU|ACES Welcome Week. While disappointing, our team feels that this is the best course of action for the time being for our community partners, staff and current & future ACES students.

Our hope is that we will be able to have supplementary programming in January to introduce first-year ACES students to the program and continue to build up and strengthen the alliance that has been forming for the past 3 years. 

If you are interested in applying for the ACES program see our Apply for ACES page. If you are interested in receiving updates about programming for the fall semester, see our Fall 2020 page.

ACES Welcome Week Overview

NU|ACES Welcome Week is an intensive team-based adventure where participants learn about their new campus and neighborhood through service. The week will serve as the introduction to NU|ACES. After a fun and action-packed week full of mini-service projects, workshops, networking activities, and group reflections, students are prepared to commit to a year-long partnership with a local community non-profit organization.

Below is a sample itinerary for NU|ACES Welcome Week:
***Please note that this is not a finalized agenda. Specific programming and activities are likely to change***

Sunday

12:00-5:00 pm Move in! (students will move into their year-long room)

6:00 pm Optional Social Event – Tie-Dyeing ACES Shirts!

Monday

10:00 am -12:00 pm Meet Your Team

1:00-2:00 pm Welcome Lunch

2:00-3:00 pm Introduction to NU|ACES

3:00- 5:30 pm Team Time

6:00-8:00 pm Opening Dinner

8:30 pm Teambuilding activities

 

 

Tuesday

7:30-8:30 am Breakfast in Dining Hall

9:00-10:00 am Community Asset Mapping

10:00 am-12:00 pm Community Tours

12:00-1:00 pm BBQ lunch on Centennial Common

1:00-4:00 pm Service Project #1

5:00-6:00 pm Dinner in Dining Hall

6:00-8:00 pm Networking Night

8:30-9:00 pm Reflections with your team

 

 

Wednesday

7:30-8:30 am Breakfast in Dining Hall

9:00 am-12:00 pm Service Project #2

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch on Site/Travel

1:00 -4:00 pm Service Project #3

4:00-5:00 pm Travel to NU/Reflection with Team

5:00-6:30 pm Dinner & Community Engagement Panel

6:30-8:30 pm Nightlife in the City

8:30-9:00 pm Reflections with your team

 

 

Thursday

7:30-8:30 am Breakfast in Dining Hall

9:00 am-12:00 pm Service Project #4

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch on Site/Travel

1:00 -4:00 pm Service Project #5

4:00-5:00 pm Travel to NU

5:00-6:00 pm Dinner in Dining Hall

6:00-8:00 pm Faces of Homelessness Panel

8:30-9:00 pm Reflections with your team

 

 

Friday

7:30-8:30 am Breakfast in Dining Hall

9:00 am-12:00 pm Service Project #6

12:00-1:00 pm Travel and Lunch in Dining Hall

1:00-4:00 pm EMK Institute- Senate Immersion Module

4:00-6:00 pm Free Time or Competitive Activity

6:00-8:00 pm Closing Ceremony

***Students who are part of the Honors Program will be excused to attend Honors Welcome Week activities on Friday afternoon, and will be able to return for the ACES Welcome Week Closing Ceremony and Dinner***