Early Arrival Program

The Cultural Center Early Arrival Program (EAP) was created to help ease the high school to college transition for incoming students participating in the Cultural Center’s Coaching & Retention programs. This includes the Woodford R. Porter Scholars, African American Male Initiative (AAMI), and African American Female Initiative (AAFI). The day-long program takes place August 15-16, 2017, and will consist of an enriching series of discussions, events and networking activities about what it means to be an active, engaged, and successful student at the University of Louisville. This program has been designed to provide recipients with an opportunity to network with peers and build relationships as part of their support system.

EAP 2017 Flyer


All incoming & transfer students that identify as African-American are invited to participate. Special tracks are developed for each retention group to help scholars gain significant awareness of and develop the skills necessary to ensure academic success through intentional connections with university faculty, staff, students and special community guests.

Woodford R. Porter Scholars 

Contact: Leondra Gully, , 502-852-0231

African American Male Initiative (AAMI)

Contact: Dom McShan, , 502-852-0228

African American Female Initiative (AAFI)

Contact: , 502-852-6656


When and where should my student arrive to campus?This year we are giving all students the opportunity to check into their residence hall before the university scheduled move in date. Students will check into their assigned residence hall between 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on August 15, 2017.  Upon arrival they will be allowed to move in assisted with room keys and all things related to their new space.  Note: Early move in is reserved ONLY for those students who pre-register to attend EAP. Due to staffing, those who do not pre-register will not be allowed to move in early. Those student who do not register can still participate in the program but will not be allowed to move in early. 

May my student commute back and forth to campus for this program if he/she is not living in the residence halls? Yes.  Any student not living in UofL residence halls or properties may drive back and forth to campus each day.  Students who do not have a parking pass will need to contact the Parking Office at  852-7275 for  parking options.

Will my student need money for food? All participants of EAP will have a number of meals, snacks and beverages provided free of charge throughout the duration of the program. 

What if my student is unable to attend any or all parts of EAP which is a highly encouraged event? We certainly understand that there will be participation conflicts. Students who are participating in Honors Modes of Inquiry, Athletics, Band Camp and other conflicting program will need to contact their coordinator to let them know. Arrangements can be made for the student to receive all information related to EAP after the program has occurred.

Have additional questions about  the Early Arrival Program? Contact your program’s coordinator:

African American Female Initiative: 502-852-6656
African American Male Initiative: Dom McShan, 502-852-0228
Woodford R. Porter Scholarship Program: Leondra Gully, 502-852-0231


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