Student Orientation team

Each new year, Orientation and Transition Programs selects enthusiastic, qualified and resourceful students to serve as Orientation Leaders (OLs). During Orientation, OLs serve in various capacities to assist students and families, conduct administrative work and oversee the student experience.

OLs are considered Peer Leaders at VCU. A Peer Leader is defined as a student who has been selected and trained to serve in a leadership role that supports student success. This is a paid position on campus that provides students the opportunity to gain valuable leadership skills, lasting friendships and deep connection to the VCU community. The OL role also qualifies as a REAL experience for students.

Meet the team

Our Orientation team consists of our professional team as well as undergraduate Peer Leaders, including OLs and Operations Assistants mentored by Senior Orientation Leaders.

Senior OLs

  • Laina Atkins (she/her)
  • Nashaa Palmer (she/her)
  • Marley Thompson (she/they)
  • Halle Vargas (she/her)

Work for us: Orientation Leader recruitment

The application to become a 2024 Orientation Leader has closed. We are hard at work training the new OLs, and we are excited for new students to meet this year’s team as we welcome them to VCU.

If you are interested in joining the 2025 Orientation Team, please complete our OL Summer 2025 Interest Form to join our list; more information regarding our recruitment processes will be available in late Fall 2024. Please feel free to contact us at with any questions or concerns regarding the Orientation Leader position.