The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is a CSU system wide program which targets first-generation and historically underserved students. One of the components of EOP is a residential Summer Bridge transitional program. Summer Bridge students have great potential but enter the University having overcome many obstacles. In previous years, Summer Bridge participants were not provided programming after the summer ended. SSI funds will provide the opportunity to design and develop a first-year Learning Community that will offer students opportunities to connect, engage, and learn. For the 2018-2019 year, EOP will provide students with high impact activities to increase the retention of Summer Bridge students. Partnerships will be developed with academic units to offer a 3-term cohort-based learning community for first-time freshman EOP students. This Learning Community starts in the summer and extends into the academic year by providing at least 2 courses in the fall semester and 1 course in spring semester that are exclusive to EOP students. Funding will continue to support events designed to build community. Increase capacity in the EOP computer lab and Peer Mentoring area. SSI funding will also be used by the Honors Program Department to hire a part-time, fiscal year renewal staff member who will plan programs to facilitate a sense of community among the honors students.
University Honors Program part-time Co-Curricular Coordinator supports the Director and Associate Director of the University Honors Program in offering enriched extracurricular and co-curricular activities for Honors Students to complement the academic focus of the program. Organizes events, lectures, symposia and other outreach or community building and engagement opportunities. He collaborates with campus partners to create an environment that fosters intellectual inquiry, dialogue across social barriers and leadership in community-building.
- In process of selecting the 2018 Summer Bridge Cohort. EOP received 22,000 applications.
- Established partnerships with Critical Reading, Chicana/o Studies, Office First Year Experience, and Mathematics to offer cohort based summer, fall, and spring courses.
- Held 3 events: 1) Spring Kick-off, 2) Career Exploration Workshop, and 3) Thriving in College Workshop.
University Honors Program Co-Curricular Coordinator:
- Coached two Student Honors Ambassadors from brainstorming program ideas to execution of an event over the course of a month and a half.
- Continued supporting peer mentor program by offering additional training and resources to mentors including preparation of an Imposter Syndrome workshop for Peer Mentors.
- Responded to student needs by staffing Honors Center for extended hours.Collaborated in review over 450 applications for incoming freshman who applied to Honors Program for Fall 2019.
- Participated in selection committee for new Associate Director of the University Honors Program.
- Organized ordering of Honors Medallions for graduating seniors.
- Co-led Honors Networking Panel with Student Honors Ambassadors which incorporated professionals from multiple fields as well as coordinating multiple campus partners.
- Crafted marketing for Community Leadership Award Ceremony, organized award order, and supported the overal needs for the event.
- Proposed plan and organized catering for Senior Honors Project Gala to be held May 2, 2019.
- Collaborated in planning an Honors Talent Show Competition with HSAC students
*Budget Allocation is split between the Increase Supplemental Instruction and the Establish Learning Communities areas