Pirates in Progress


What is Pirates in Progress?

Pirates in Progress, or PiP, is a 10-week program. 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.

Space is limited to 15 students per cohort. Please complete this brief application to be considered. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis, and only complete applications will be considered.

Check back soon to preview and apply for Spring 2023 cohorts! 

How do I know which cohort is right for me?

With 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. We’re excited to grow with our students and continue providing unique and individualized support to our Pirates!

Former cohorts:

Emerging Leaders (First-Years and Sophomores)

Looking to jumpstart your college experience? Wanting to engage with student organizations, or make an impact on campus? Join this cohort of students dedicated to building leadership skills and contributing to the SU community.

Student mentors:Jeremy Harper and Haley Renshaw; professional learning partner: Lisa Dela Cruz, Assistant Vice President for Student Life

Get Connected (First-Years only)

Looking to find your place at SU? Get connected is 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: Kailey Edwards and Harper Randolph ; professional learning partner: Coleen Roche, Coordinator of Mosaic and the Residential Experience

Holistic Wellness (First-Years and Sophomores)

A holistic approach and mindset to one’s health are 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.

Professional 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: TBD; professional learning partner: Dr. Sarah Brackmann, Senior Director of Integrative Learning and Community Engaged Learning

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.

How to Life (Juniors and Seniors) 

This cohort provides an opportunity for upper-division students to gradually prepare for post-graduate life by committing just one hour a week to personal and professional development. Students in this cohort will participate in workshops from an array of experts in areas ranging from articulating your experience to employers, financial literacy, cooking skills, and navigating the professional world.