Students at AHANA

AHANA Connections orientation

AHANA (African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian-Pacific Islander, Native American) Connections is a three-day orientation for students of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to come together and engage with the campus community, gather information about student support services, make new connections and begin building friendships that last.

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AHANA Connections
August 21 - 23, 2024

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One of the biggest perks of attending AHANA Connections is getting early move-in for those who will be living on campus. You'll also have the opportunity to learn about student clubs, on-campus student employment, and the various academic opportunities offered throughout the year.

Our Diversity and Equity Center serves as a student hub for clubs and programs. Find out more here!

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Students who are attending AHANA Connections are required to attend all workshops and events during the 3 days.

No, AHANA ends the day before New Student Orientation move-in begins. It does not replace the New Student Orientation, but rather supplements it. We strongly recommend you to participate in the New Student Orientation. A benefit for those of you living on campus is that you will have already moved into your rooms by the time most everyone else arrives on campus.

Check-in for all students begins Tuesday, August 22:

  • Living on-campus (Residential Student): Move-in and check-in between 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Parsons Hall
  • Living off-campus (Commuter Student): Check-in begins at 4 p.m. on August 22 in the DEC Lounge (Harned Hall 207)

For on-campus students, move-in parking is located at your assigned residence hall. For commuter students, parking is available nearby the Trautman Union Building in Lots M, N, or O.

AHANA is completely free of charge to all participating students, we only ask for you to bring a water bottle as we have refill stations for water around campus. We provide all meals and activity costs. However, you might want to bring spending cash for the various off-campus events, when AHANA concludes after dinner on Thursday, August 24.

Yes. There are several hotels nearby Saint Martin's campus:

Parents and families are invited to the Welcome Dinner, Tuesday, August 22, 5 p.m. This is a wonderful time for us to break bread together and welcome you to Saint Martin's. Just keep in mind this time is for you to meet new friends and acclimate to the campus environment. As much as we welcome your families, we highly recommend that parents and families respect the AHANA space.

For further assistance, clarification or accommodations, please call the DEC staff at 360-486-8847 or email or We look forward to meeting you in August and serving you in the years to come. Have a wonderful summer!

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Diversity and Equity Center

The Diversity and Equity Center (DEC) of Saint Martin's University is committed to fostering an inclusive, supportive and equitable learning environment for all members of the campus community. Inspired by our Catholic, Benedictine tradition, which honors the dignity of each person and strives for peace and justice in our world, the DEC seeks to build a campus community that engenders inclusive excellence, facilitates intercultural understanding, and promotes social justice learning.