It is July 30th, 2014 and I am back in the office after getting two extra days of rest upon the completion of our annual Pioneer Prep Leadership, which was held July 24th-27th. The individual Pioneer Prep Leadership Institutes for African American students is designed for college-focused high school juniors and seniors to have a dynamic learning opportunity on the University of Denver campus.
During Pioneer Prep, participants were introduced to various topics focusing on college access, navigating the college search and application process, career planning, leadership development and cultural awareness through a series of speakers and activities. Attendees also gained valuable insight on what it is like to live and attend classes on a private college campus. In addition, students had the opportunity to make new, like-minded friends both locally and nationally, all of whom are passionate about pursuing their educational goals. The group consisted of 19 males, 35 females, and five fly-in students from AL, FL, TX and VA. We hosted 32 seniors and 22 juniors.
All participants have a desire to attend college, a hope to grow their leadership skills, and an interest in exploring their cultural identity. The average gpa for the group as whole was in the impressive 3.7-3.8 range, with close to 20 students having a 4.0 or above. I had the honor, along with my colleagues Nashwa Bolling and Roderick Rose, to host this event; we truly had a phenomenal time getting to know the students and putting together the best program possible for our students to benefit from.
Here are some photos from our weekend which included dynamic speakers, a fun night out at Dave and Busters, and a cultural outing in which we attended the Cleo Parker 10th Annual Denver Dance Festival. For many of the students, it was their first time to attend a performance such as the one we witnessed last Saturday.
Now, we are turning our attention to the inaugural, first ever Latino/a Pioneer Prep Leadership which starts Thursday, July 31st - our fly-in students are set to land in the afternoon/evening. Wish us luck!
Wahhab Carter - Associate Director of Diversity Enrollment