Orientation Leader Executive Board

Orientation Executive Board members assist with the planning and implementation of all undergraduate orientation events at CWRU. This includes the selection, training and supervision of orientation leaders. The board member and their team of leaders work together to welcome and reach out to new students and their families and oversee the facilitation of all orientation activities.

Matthew Allman

Matthew Allman

Hometown:Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Majors: Biology and Psychology
Minor: Chemistry
Expected Graduation: May 2023
Involvement: SpartanTHON, Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, Phi Delta Epsilon Pre-medical Fraternity
Favorite part of being an Orientation Leader: "I love how being an orientation leader connects you to so many new amazing people that you may have not met otherwise, whether they are orientees or other OLs."
Advice for New Students: "Don't be afraid to try new things! You can meet so many new people and form great relationships just by saying yes to an opportunity that presents itself." 


Elizabeth Fielding

Elizabeth Fielding

Hometown: Rockville, Maryland
Majors: Biology and Sociology
Minor: Chemistry
Expected Graduation: May 2023
Involvement: Writers Writing Words, the Conservation Project and CWRU EMS
Favorite part of being an Orientation Leader: "Getting to meet other OLs and the amazing community we have. It's awesome getting to know such a positive and supportive group of people and then spreading that positivity to incoming students and their families."
Advice for New Students: "To get to know your professors. Most of them are really nice people who can connect you with resources and research opportunities on campus, recommend future courses to you, and help you out if you're struggling in their class."


Winston Kam

Winston Kam

Hometown: Lake City, Florida
Major: Art History
Minors: Italian, Pre-Architecture, Materials Science and Engineering
Expected Graduation: May 2023
Involvement: Humanitarian Design Corps, Yoga Club, Spartan Running Club, Art History Club
Favorite part of being an Orientation Leader: "Shamelessly being able to dance in public with great company!"
Advice for new students: "A ship is safest in its harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for! Venture out into the ocean to experience a journey unlike any other. There will be rough waters and sleepless nights but if you step out of your cabin and wander starboard, you might just see the right ships along the way. The stars can be bright late at night so be on the lookout for those lighthouses - those people who will guide you to where you want to be in life." 


Erin Kilgore

Erin Kilgore

Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio
Major: Nursing
Minor: Social Work
Expected Graduation: May 2023
Involvement: Cru, Pep Band, Undergraduate Student Nursing Association
Favorite part of being an Orientation Leader: "Getting to know all the new students and families and making them feel welcome to CWRU!"
Advice for New Students: "Take advantage of all that CWRU has to offer! There are so many student organizations, campus events, and extracurriculars to join on campus that can really enhance your college experience and allow you to build your own community. Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and try new things, you never know who you'll meet or how much you will grow!"


Rafiq Sadki

Rafiq Sadki

Hometown: Rochester, New York
Majors: Archaeology and History
Minors: Arabic and African Studies
Expected Graduation: May 2023
Involvement: Middle Eastern Cultural Association, Anthropology Student Association, Gender Resistance, QTPOC
Favorite part of being an Orientation Leader: "Getting to meet new people with diverse backgrounds and interests, and helping the new students gain resources to explore their interests."
Advice for New Students: "College is a time explore yourself and become the person you want to be, so don’t be afraid to try things out of your comfort zone! You’ll never know where you can find a new friend or something that could be your new favorite thing. But also make sure to be kind to yourself and don’t burn yourself out."


Jerry Ukwela

Jerry Ukwela

Hometown: Garfield Heights, Ohio
Major: Biomedical Engineering, Biomechanics
Expected Graduation: May 2023
Involvement: TSO Co-Chair, Research at VA, SI Leader for Calc I/II
Favorite part of being an Orientation Leader: "Getting to know each orientee and running into them on campus."
Advice for New Students: "Get involved in all kinds of clubs and extracurriculars, but keep in mind to not over-commit yourself."