Pirates in Progress

Looking for opportunities to meet people? Want to feel more connected to the campus community? Learn more about PiP!


What is Pirates in Progress?

Pirates in Progress, or PiP, is a 10-week program for First-Years and Sophomores. Students who join a PiP cohort will meet up once a week for interactive workshops and activities focused on their holistic growth and community-building.

Following the Mosaic approach — Engage. Reflect. Articulate. — PiP supports students in finding ways to engage on campus, in the community, with their peers, and to be mindful of how these experiences shape their academic and personal lives.

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How do I know which cohort is right for me?

With five specialized cohorts listed below to choose from, PiP has something for everyone! Each Pirates in Progress cohort is committed to cultivating a tight-knit community — what started as just one group of eight First-Years has grown and expanded into five different cohorts of no more than fifteen students each. We’re so excited to grow with our students and continue to provide unique and individualized support to our Pirates!

Set Sail on your Student Experience (First-Years only)

Set Sail on your college experience with this First-Year-exclusive cohort! With support in formulating your goals and equipping you with the tools needed to achieve them with confidence, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of yourself and Southwestern’s culture. Through taking part in a fellowSHIP of your peers with varied interests and identities, Setting Sail will support your personal growth as you plant your roots in our Southwestern community.

Student mentors: Evan Alexander ’22 and Adelaide Armen ’24; learning partner: Lisa Dela Cruz, Director of Mosaic

Get Connected (First-Years only)

Looking to find your place at SU? Get connected is our PiP cohort focused on helping you shape your identity and get involved on campus. You’ll be introduced to numerous organizations, resources, and experiences on campus. Get connected with your pirate peers and learn all there is to know about student engagement at Southwestern University.

Student mentors: Jeremy Harper ’24 and Brigit Reese ’24; learning partner: Jennifer Frias, Academic Advisor

Emerging Leaders (First-Years and Sophomores)

This cohort will focus on developing students’ leadership skills and learning what makes a strong leader. Students will learn to be self-aware and open-minded while exploring what it means to model the way for others. This program will focus on holistic development and allow students to learn how they can lead us to a better future.

Student mentors: Erica Burley ’22 and Haley Renshaw ’24; learning partner: Lisa Dela Cruz, Director of Mosaic

Approach to Holistic Wellness (First-Years and Sophomores)

A holistic approach and mindset to one’s health is vital in achieving academic success at SU. Encompassing mental, physical, and emotional wellness, students who join this cohort will form a community focused on growing and preparing for the challenges and journeys to come.

Student mentor: Nila Dhinaker ’23; learning partner: Santiago Rocha, Health Educator

Community Change Makers (First-Years and Sophomores)

Community Change Makers recruits students committed to social change and community service. Our group seeks to foster the ethic of service and to develop future change-makers for a diverse society. Participants will engage in a series of educational, social, and community service activities.

Student mentors: Danika Goller ’23; learning partner: Dr. Sarah Brackmann, Senior Director of Integrative Learning and Community Engaged Learning

Applications for fall 2021 are closed. Please check back in November for Spring 2022 applications.