Instructor Resources


*** Syllabi due to Stacy at by Friday, August 7th, 2015***

Your syllabus should reflect our learning goals.  All classes will engage in an activity around the topic of sexual consent with a SARP facilitator and all classes should engage in an activity that includes the topic of alcohol and other drugs (facilitated by the Instructor/Peer Mentor or by Katharine Mooney (

Please be mindful of including all students.  Consider the diverse experiences and needs of students coming into your classroom.  For instance, international students, especially those who are English Language Learners, will benefit from extra preparation on your part. Review the module about Engaging Chinese Students (who represent 42% of our incoming international students) that was presented at Instructor Training.

Community Building Tools & Activities

Fun Resources

  • SpotifyFeel free to use our login information to incorporate music into your FY101 class. (u: ospl / p: 123invitethem)
  • Ted Talks: The Best Gift I Ever ReceivedEveryday LeadershipThe Key To Success? Grit
  • Captures your screen & voice in a video that you can send to students.
  • Wordle: Creates a visual collage of words. Can copy and paste text or upload documents.
  • Jeopardy Labs: Make your own jeopardy game for some in-class fun and learning.
  • Poll EverywhereA free website that allows for real-time polling/surveys. 
  • Photo A Day AssignmentAn adaptable tech-savvy assignment that encourages students to be more aware and appreciative of their new environment.
  • There’s An App For That: A document created by Courtney Martin that highlights some helpful apps for college students that could be incorporated into your FY101 class.

Business/Tech Links


All modules will last for 35 minutes unless otherwise noted.  This allows for the class to have a 10-15 minute check-in before the module begins!


After successful completion of FY101, students will be able to:

Identify appropriate campus resources and opportunities that contribute to their campus engagement and overall sense of belonging.
Develop and apply skills that contribute to building positive relationships with peers, staff, and faculty.

  • Rooftop Tour: Assistant DoS Daryl Deluca has been giving these VIP rooftop tours for over 10 years. *NEW* Due to the popularity of these tours, you must schedule them with another class. Contact to schedule: Lucy Torres
  • SAO Module – Following Your Passions: This interactive 3-part module asks students to think about and share what they loved to do in high school and how they might further explore that here or try out new activities. Contact: Raul Fernandez
  • Learning, Virtue, and Piety: A Walking Tour of Historical Boston UniversityDaryl Healea, Ed.D., Associate Director of Residence Life, Lecturer for Higher Education Administration, and “BU Historian”… Boston University’s Charles River Campus harbors a rich history that often goes unnoticed.  In 40 minutes or less, this walking tour of historical Boston University will re-count BU’s progressive founding in the early-1800s, its establishment of a central campus along Commonwealth Avenue in the mid-1900s, and its spectacular growth through today—elements that can all be uncovered by simply taking time to dust off a few buildings and walkways that we pass each and every day. To schedule, contact Dr. Daryl Healea.
  • BU History and Marsh Chapel Art & Architecture Tour: From 1839 to the present, this tour covers the history of BU, how it came to inhabit two miles along the Charles River, the Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King Jr. legacies, and how all of that is expressed architecturally in Marsh Chapel.
    Contact to schedule: Brother Larry
  • Gallery Tour/BU Arts Chat – The BU Arts Initiative can coordinate scheduling a gallery tour with either the BU Art Gallery or the 808 Gallery (depending on exhibit timing). BU Arts Initiative staff will partner with gallery curators and directors to provide information on current and future exhibits as well as ongoing arts engagement opportunities at or through Boston University, which includes hundreds of free events each semester. Contact:
  • Community Service Center: The CSC can host your class for a brief visit during which their student employees provide a quick overview of the variety of programs available (5-10 minutes, unless otherwise coordinated). Please contact the CSC in advance of your visit.
  • Teambuilding at FitRec: Walk on the wild side with Team Triangle, an engaging team-building activity that encourages cooperation, communication, ingenuity, and organization to achieve a goal! This group activity is held at the FitRec Center.  A series of low balance beams are configured in a triangular pathway along which team members retrieve objects and bring back to home base.  All team members must contribute and support each other with ideas, encouragement, and physical help with balance in order to achieve success.  The paths to achievement are many, and wonderfully varied depending on the group. The activity fosters both personal and group insights which lead to personal and team growth.  No athletic training is needed. (Full 50 Minutes) Contact Ramelle Adams.
  • GSU Scavenger Hunt: Please contact the DOS office in advance, so that they are aware the students will be coming by.
  • Center for Student Services Scavenger Hunt & Answers: Scavenger hunt around 100 Bay State Road.


After successful completion of FY101, students will be able to:

Reflect on how their values have been shaped by their personal background, including their social identity.

  • FY101 Diversity Continuum: An activity that helps start conversations around social identity.  Can be adapted to the comfort level of your group. (Facilitate on your own or contact Stacy for assistance)
  • Where I’m From Poem: Using the poem model from George ella Lyon’s “Where I’m From,” students write their own poem using this I AM FROM template.
  • Common Ground Activity: Recognizing and reflecting on the diversity in the class — seen and unseen. (Facilitate on your own or contact Stacy for assistance)
  • Howard Thurman Center for Common GroundStudents who attend this module will discuss how to make their college experience one filled with meaning, growth, and community. Replicating Dr. Howard Thurman’s meetings with BU students in the 50s and 60s, facilitator Pedro Falci will lead students on a deeper “getting to know you” exercise by asking students the same questions Thurman asked his students: 1. Who are you? 2. Who do you want to be? 3. What do you want, really? Contact to schedule: Pedro Falci at
  • Feminism 101: This interactive module will guide students through a basic introduction of feminism, covering topics such as privilege, oppression, and intersectionality. This module also seeks to help students understand why feminism has been and still is relevant, both in their personal lives and in our society as a whole. Please contact CGSA student Aaryn Clerk at least one week in advance to schedule, or if you have any questions.
  • LGBT 101: Interested in learning more about LGBT identities, history, and activism? Want to know how to be a better ally? This is the module for you! We’ll discuss a broad array of LGBT-focused topics, including gender pronouns, various identities, allyship, and where to find resources at BU and in the wider Boston community. Module can be held either in the Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Activism, or in your classroom. Please contact CGSA student Aaryn Clerk at least one week in advance to schedule, or if you have any questions.
  • My 30 Values: An exercise identifying and prioritizing values.
  • My Life in 140 Characters: A deceptively thought-provoking activity/potentially effective lead in to a conversation on social media.
  • Digital Identity ActivityA fun, investigative activity in which students are assigned a classmate whose “digital identity” they must review via social media and web searches.
  • Bucket List Activity: Independent goal-setting exercise.


    After successful completion of FY101, students will be able to:

    Explore and practice strategies to balance academics, social life, campus involvement, and personal well being.
    Locate and describe the resources that assist in keeping the campus community healthy, safe, and well.

    • Alcohol: Updated for 2015!  Contact to schedule: Katharine Mooney  OR facilitate a module(s)on your own:
      • Consequences Continuum: The aim of this activity is to explore risks/consequences associated with drinking, and to explore strategies to reduce risk. Instructor and Peer Mentor come up with a list of consequences (i.e. – drunk driving, texting your ex while drunk, etc.). Put up a low risk sheet at one end of the room, and a high risk sheet at the other. Split students into groups and ask them to place each scenario/consequence along the continuum. Have each group observe what their peers said, and facilitate a discussion about the risks/consequences associated with drinking.
      • Alcohol Concentric Circle Convos: The goal of this activity is to have students have productive conversations about alcohol and substance use in their community on campus. It is not to tell them to abstain, or to educate them on details of alcohol and illegal substances, but to get them to think about choices and the consequences to themselves, and others around them in the community.
      • Imaginary Student Activity- Alcohol Use- This activity demonstrates how to calculate Blood Alcohol Levels over the course of an evening of drinking.
    • Stress: A series of activities for students to measure their levels of self-care and set goals related to wellness:
    • Sustainable BU: Students will define sustainability and its importance globally, and gain access to resources on campus. Students will have the opportunity to discuss current events related to sustainability and climate change and will be tasked with changing one personal action to reduce BU’s environmental footprint through the Join the Challenge program. We will calculate the carbon footprint of 1-2 students as an in-class activity and discuss implications. Instructors are encouraged to draw on Join the Challenge and/or the footprint calculator as an icebreaker in the next class. Contact to schedule: Lisa Tornatore.
    • Financial Literacy: A presentation about being smart with your money in college. Contact to schedule: Christina Coviello
    • Belay On!: Spend your class at the FitRec Rock Wall.  All of your students will have the opportunity to try the wall a couple of times.  No previous experience is necessary.  Great for class bonding and a fantastic introduction to the sport of rock climbing! Contact Sean Kurnas (617-358-5445) at FitRec to schedule.
    • Sargent Choice Nutrition Center (SCNC): A presentation by the SCNC on simple tips on how to eat well in college. We will also share with the class information about the nutrition services available to them at BU. We are happy to modify the presentation based on the questions and concerns from each individual class.  Contact to schedule: Kathleen Meehan.
    • BUPD: Tour of the BUPD station followed by an informal Q&A with one an officer (full class, though it is recommended to start the class/tour 10 minutes late to accommodate for travel time). Contact to schedule: Mary Winters


    After successful completion of FY101, students will be able to:

    Explore and practice appropriate academic strategies to their courses and learning experiences.
    Consider how academic opportunities will help them achieve their goals.

    • Academic Advising & Registration: Advisors are available to assist in leading conversation around choosing courses for next semester and registration preparedness. Contact: Kerry Buglio
    • Academic Conduct: A short module that highlights the importance of academic integrity at BU by presenting students with thought-provoking (and true) case studies. Case studies will be similar to those found in this document (Academic Conduct Basics & Case Studies) which is distributed to students the summer before freshman year (15 minutes) Contact: Tess Varney
    • Choosing a Major & Career: CAS Student Academic Life and the Center for Career Development have joined efforts to create a program about the major and career decision making process that combines elements of Steve’s Career Equation presentation and the CCD’s Career Directions workshop.   This will be an interactive presentation, led by a staff member from each office,  that resonates with students regardless of how far along they are in the process of choosing a major and/or career.  Students who complete this module will have satisfied the “Career Directions” eligibility requirement for internship funding through the Center for Career Development and, as an added bonus, will receive a t-shirt for participating in this module. To schedule a date/time for the Career Equation/Directions workshop please go to the following web site: (Full 50 minutes but is highly interactive)
    • Learning Styles (ERC): A module created by the ERC that takes students though the VARK Learning Styles assessment tool and a related activity to help them understand what type of learner they are and what strategies they can employ to help them learn more effectively. Contact: Cecilia Lalama.
    • BU Abroad: Are your students interested in studying abroad, but not sure where to start? Schedule a BU Study Abroad expert to speak with your FY101 class about the application process, financial aid and scholarships or simply provide a broad–or very tailored–advising session, depending on your students’ needs (possible option to include a small panel of program alumni). Contact: Meg Lucas
    • Time Management: A popular topic for FY101 classes; ERC – 24hr Time Grid & ERC – Time Management Self Assessment
    • Farewell Facebook: Social Media Dry Out Assignment;
    • Conversations on a Liberal Arts Education