During the seminar program, afternoons are devoted to various types of engagement activities, including local walking tours and and mentoring from our Admissions staff on the college application process.

College Admissions

Our expert staff from the Admissions Office will meet weekly with seminar participants to help them better navigate the college admissions process –and not just for acceptance at Dickinson.  Staffers will provide a variety of helpful tips and will be available to answer general questions, not only during the summer, but also over email or Zoom as the fall and winter selection process unfolds.  Some of the topics that these mentoring sessions will cover include:

  • “Where am I going?”
  • Cast a Wide Net
  • Writing the Application Essay
  • The College Interview
  • “What’s a Liberal-Arts College All About?”
  • “What’s your major?”

League of Women Voters

Our main partner for civic engagement activities will be the League of Women Voters of the Pennsylvania Capital Region.  They will join our seminar to present on American civics and constitutional voting rights issues.  Their work helps prepare our students to engage their own peers back home for Constitution Day (September 17) events.  We will also invite members of the seminar to return to campus for a Dickinson Constitution Day lecture.



Dickinson & Slavery

The Dickinson & Slavery initiative began as an outgrowth of a course on American Slavery taught in Fall 2017 by Prof. Matthew Pinsker, director of the House Divided Project.  Over the next few years, various students, faculty, and college staff increasingly devoted themselves to finding out more information about the college’s long history with slavery and antislavery.  In early 2019, the House Divided Project launched a permanent exhibit at its studio. Later in that year, it also produced a comprehensive report to the community.  By spring 2020, the college trustees endorsed a plan to begin renaming select buildings on campus to honor Dickinson’s diverse past, including recognition o the formerly enslaved people who made notable contributions to the college.

Check out the new Dickinson & Slavery historic walking tour which seminar participants will experience during one of their afternoon engagement activities.