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What is the purpose of having a Freshman Orientation Speaker?

The events of orientation week have two main purposes – to bring first-year students together and to help them acclimate to their new surroundings on campus. Accomplished through such events as social gatherings, live performances, and team-building activities, the most difficult challenge of any orientation period is planning events that will interest college students and convince them to attend.

Having worked closely with thousands of colleges and universities over the last 45 years, our experienced Program Consultants have seen what works and what doesn’t. We are skilled in helping you build a series of events for orientation week, or simply to assist you in choosing a "name" to compliment the agenda you’ve already planned. With orientation speakers ranging from leading motivators to comedians to performers, we can help make your event a success – whether your goal is for a fun filled hour of levity to get the students mingling, or for a more focused team-building or time management seminar to introduce students to their new lives.

Featured Speakers

Featured Speakers: Freshman Orientation

APB’s top freshman orientation speakers offer relatable experiences and powerful messages for first-year students. Included in our orientation roster are Joe Hernandez-Kolski a poet, actor, and performer with a truly multicultural identity and message, Nic Sheff, author of the bestseller Tweaked which chronicles his battle with substance abuse, Joe Quirk, expert on the science of sex and relationships, and Liz Seccuro, a victim of campus rape who endured a long battle for justice.

Freshman Orientation: Diversity

Joe Hernandez-Kolski

Joe Hernandez-Kolski
Actor / Writer / Spoken Word Poet

Joe Hernandez-Kolski, aka "Pocho Joe," is committed to creating work that challenges the audience while it entertains. He combines poetry, comedy and his unique socio-political "Chicagoan" point of view to create a performance that embraces the conundrums of America. Among others, he is applauded by Dr. Cornel West and Marc "So What" Smith, founder of the Poetry Slam movement.

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Freshman Orientation: Substance Abuse

Nic Sheff

Nic Sheff
Author & Recovering Addict

In a voice that is raw and honest, speaker Nic Sheff spares no detail in telling the compelling true story of his relapse into and road to recovery from drug addiction.

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Freshman Orientation: Violence

Liz Seccuro

Liz Seccuro
Rape Survivor, Victims' Advocate, Author

As a sought after Keynote Speaker on the extremely visible issues of Gender & Domestic Violence today, Liz Seccuro brings a fresh perspective to this uncomfortable subject matter. A bestselling author, frequent media commentator and journalist, she talks about what we have achieved in terms of victims' rights, and how we can do better.

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Freshman Orientation: Sex & Relationships

Joe Quirk

Joe Quirk
Humorist / Author of It's Not You, It's Biology

In high school, Joe Quirk was known for being a smart-ass, getting A’s in biology, his interest in the opposite sex, and having a name like Quirk. He decided to combine these talents in his second book, It’s Not You, It’s Biology. Attempting to get the science of relationships out of the science aisle and into the relationships aisle of the book store, Quirk speaks on the biology of sex and relationships.

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