In partnership with the First Year Center and Residential Life, Our Names, Our Stories is a common experience for all first-year students during Bear Beginnings: New Student Fall Orientation. Our Names, Our Stories highlights the values of our campus, specifically those related to fostering a supportive, diverse, and inclusive community.
Get Involved by submitting your stories, applying to be an ONOS actor, or applying to direct ONOS! Applications are open to undergraduate and graduate students. Students applying must be able to return to campus on August 14 and be enrolled for the fall semester.
I. Submit a Monologue
Your stories will help to demonstrate how Wash U students navigate issues of diversity and inclusion and strive to uphold our values. All stories are welcome-happy, sad, reflective, funny, angry, and the range of experiences in between.
- Stories should be a maximum of 750 words (about 2-3 pages). Your stories will help to demonstrate how Wash U students navigate issues of diversity and inclusion and strive to uphold our values. All stories are welcome-happy, sad, reflective, funny, angry, and the range of experiences in between.
- You are encouraged to write in first person and to use “I” statements”.
- By submitting your story to ONOS you are helping to promote values of diversity and inclusion to incoming first year students and showcase the diversity of experience at Wash U. Thank you for sharing your story with us. Once you submit your story, we will review it along with all other submissions. Three or four stories will be adapted into monologues to be performed during Bear Beginnings.
- Here is a sample monologue. However, please submit your story in plain essay/narrative format. Link to PDF Upload with text “Sample Story”
- Story Submission form.
II. Apply to be an ONOS director or actor!
Our Names, Our Stories needs your talent to convey the values of our school community and to highlight the impact that issues of diversity and inclusion have on students. The CDI is looking for talented and passionate students to direct and act in ONOS!