After a winter and spring of curriculum and professional development, EXPLO staff take part in a week-long orientation prior to the arrival of students this summer. Featuring interactive training, discussions, and keynote speakers, orientation not only allows staff to connect over shared EXPLO pedagogy, but also trains faculty on the nuts and bolts of running a world-class summer program.
EXPLO Banker Calista is proof perfect that it's never too late to explore your interests. When she discovered in college that a career in political science and economics suited her better than becoming a doctor, she courageously changed course — and as a result has found a sense of purpose.
For Jevonne, being the 'fun guy' is a chosen role that helps him remain resilient and to help others avoid pessimistic patterns. An undergraduate economics instructor, Jevonne has joined EXPLO as a curriculum advisor this summer. When asked what the best thing he had in his life was, he quickly replied: "my students."
During Shark Tank-style presentations, students pitch product and app ideas to their class and a panel of staff "sharks," or judges.
Quote from Chase
Chase, Yale faculty, during guest lecture with Brian Hughes
Students give their brain a break and flex their mustache muscles.
In a series of timed mini games, teams compete against each other to win the most events.
Hip-hop dance group Phunk Phenomenon performs and incorporates students and staff into their routines on stage.
Complete with a game of freeze-frame charades, students get to know their living groups — an assigned community of same gendered students who live on a residential floor, connect over meals, and act as a familial support throughout the summer.