Published on May 20th, 2016 | by editor0
Wright College Humboldt Park Hosts Community Collaborators
Wright College administrators and community collaborators got together earlier this month at the Humboldt Park campus to discuss how to get local high schoolers to think about college earlier. Theodore Roosevelt High School Principal Pilar Vazquez-Vialva, public and private high school counselors, local leaders, and government officials in attendance also learned how Wright College Humboldt Park is now serving students with expanded course offerings that allow them to pursue an associates degree without having to transfer to another campus.
Community collaborators including Amber Proksa of Chicago Public Library and Tiffani Hermon of Kelvyn Park High School (pictured above at right) first heard from Wright President David Potash and Vice President Nicole Reaves about how, as a Hispanic Serving Institution, Wright College is committed to providing a learning environment based in equity not just diversity. College to Careers Dean Bonnie Kang and Wright College Humboldt Park Dean Ken Santiago then shared how changes in the Information Technology curriculum and investments on campus will benefit students as they pursue IT College to Careers or Transfer Pathways. Associate Dean Maureen Fitzpatrick also spoke about resources for undocumented students before Arturo Urquiza talked about life on campus as a Wright College student.
Arturo’s perspective as President of the Latin American Student Organization (LASO), a STAR scholar, and most importantly a 19-year-old who just finished up his first year at Wright brought home how important it is to continue education beyond high school. “I was invited to share my personal experience and give testimony about how effective (Wright) is. As President of LASO I also want to promote Latin American culture and push resources in the community,” Urquiza said. He also said that as an immigrant, Wright and City Colleges in general can play an important role in making college an attainable goal for students within our local communities.
Sarah Mesick, outreach and training coordinator for the National Partnership for New Americans was also asked to speak about upcoming community navigator training on June 10th that focuses on integrating immigrants and refugees as they arrive in our local communities. She stressed the importance of having navigators on campus to promote quality immigration services for their communities in an empowering and effective way.
Wilbur Wright College and Wright College Humboldt Park greatly appreciate everyone who came out to show their support for our current and, maybe even more importantly, future students!