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Bridge Program

The Bridge Program is an opportunity for all new students to participate in a writing intensive before classes start, and year-long peer mentorship pairing. The program is designed to support first-year students in building academic confidence and cultivating a sense of belonging as they enter into CIIS' unique educational culture. Serving a diverse and global community, the Bridge connects students to a supportive cohort of peers, mentors, faculty and staff, and advisors through writing workshops, diversity and social justice modules, and social events. All programs are free to participating students.

The 2023 Summer Bridge Intensive will be held

Saturday, August 12

8 am - 5 pm

Room 607 at the CIIS campus


Bridge Program Coordinator Erin Vigil, MFA, and Claudia Lodia, Ph.D., will provide instruction.

Our work celebrates the diverse expertise and experiences of each student, and helps to tailor programming to individual need. We also facilitate cross-departmental partnerships and other academic assistance to ensure that students can get the most from their studies. Highlights include:

  • Community building opportunities and exercises
  • Class discussion and communication exercises
  • Constructive feedback and assignment responses
  • Critical reading skills for scholarly works
  • Academic and personal writing skills
  • Small group facilitation opportunities

  • Resources for studying at CIIS and living in San Francisco

At the end of the intensive, students will have an opportunity to write and evaluate their learning and experience, reflecting on the program as a whole. Our goal is for students to feel supported and confident in their academic and personal lives.

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