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Multicultural Programs and Services

Dawg Days Information 2018

 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When is the 2018 Dawg Days Diversity Orientation Program?

Saturday, August 11–Saturday, August 18. First-year student participants begin on Tuesday, August 14.

When will registration for the 2018 Dawg Days Diversity Orientation Program open?

Online registration will begin on Friday, June 1, 2018, at 10:00 AM.  Online registration forms can be found here.

When will registration for the 2018 Dawg Days Diversity Orientation Program close?

Registration will close at 5:00 PM on Monday, August 6, 2018.

How many students can participate in the 2018 Dawg Days Diversity Orientation Program?

 The maximum number of student participants is 35.  The minimum number of student participants is 15.  

What is the cost of the Program?

 The cost of the 2018 program is $240. The fee includes all meals, transportation and activity fees during the program. 

Is financial assistance available for the Dawg Days Diversity Orientation Program?

 Yes. A limited number of Dawg Days Scholarships are available. The scholarship covers the registration fee. To be considered for a Dawg Days Scholarship, a student must qualify for a Pell Grant and/or a State of Indiana Higher Education Grant.  To apply for a Dawg Days scholarship, contact Valerie Davidson via email,, or Bobbie Gibson,, to receive the link to the online application. 

Can I pay by check or money order?

 Yes. Checks or Money Orders should be made payable to Butler University Office of Diversity Programs. Please write Dawg Days 2018 Registration on the Memo Line.  If you are paying by check or money order, please complete the online Check or Money Order Registration Form. Your payment must be mailed to the address indicated on the form. Your registration will be confirmed when the payment is received.

Can I pay the registration fee online?

 Yes. Please complete the Credit Card Registration form to pay the fee online. 

Can students participate in more than one Pre-Welcome Week Program at Butler?

No. The schedules of all of the pre-Welcome Week programs are very full, so participation in more than one program is not feasible.

Will there be time to get acclimated to the participant's room, campus, and the Indianapolis Community?

 Yes. Student participants in the Dawg Days Diversity Orientation Program will be able to move into their residence hall room when they check in for the program on Tuesday, August 14.  The Dawg Days 101 academic workshops will be held in various academic buildings on campus. The Dawg Days program schedule will include a campus tour and evening activities that help participants become acclimated to Butler and the greater Indianapolis community. 

Is attendance required for all Dawg Days workshops and activities?

 Absolutely! Attending all workshops and events will prepare you for Orientation-Welcome Week and the start of classes, facilitate social engagement and interaction,  increase your level of comfort and knowledge of the campus community, and make the experience more enjoyable. The Dawg Days program schedule is extensive. Participants will be very busy, so do not make other plans during the week of Dawg Days.  

What types of clothes are appropriate?

 Dawg Days is a casual program.  All participants will receive a special Dawg Days t-shirt that will be worn for certain activities during the week.  Tennis shoes or work boots must be worn on the day of the Dawg Days Service project, as closed-toed sturdy shoes are required for safety purposes and agency regulations. Diversity Ambassadors who assist with the program will keep participants informed about appropriate dress. 

What is necessary to have during Dawg Days?

Lots of energy and enthusiasm, a POSITIVE attitude, a warm SMILE, and a great LAUGH! All participants will be provided a Dawg Days notebook and lanyard nametag.  Participants should bring their notebooks, a pen, and their nametag to all academic workshops throughout the week. 

Who directs the Dawg Days Diversity Orientation Program?

Dawg Days is supervised and coordinated by the Director of Diversity Programs & Efroymson Diversity Center, Valerie Davidson, and the Associate Director for International Student Services, Bobbie Gibson. Dawg Days 101 academic workshops are presented by current faculty and staff members from various departments. Student Diversity Ambassadors provide invaluable staff assistance for the program. Diversity Ambassadors serve as mentors to the first-year student participants throughout the academic year.

Who should I contact if I have further questions?

 Questions can be directed to the Efroymson Diversity Center at, or 317-940-6570