Over the summer, Holy Names University opened its campus to students from STEAM, a year-round middle school enrichment program that is part of a larger college access nonprofit, Foundation for a College Education (FCE) in East Palo Alto.
FCE's mission is to increase the number of students of color from economically challenged backgrounds who attend and graduate from college.
The STEAM five-week summer program helps students develop creative critical thinking and communication skills through a hands-on learning curriculum. This curriculum, when partnered with year-round mentoring and personal development workshops, prepares students for college-preparatory coursework.
On July 19, students spent the day with HNU staff members to learn more about the HNU college experience and college planning resources. Michelle Channel, the STEAM coordinator, shared that HNU staff’s “...words of advice made a positive impact on their outlook about college. Thank you for encouraging them to continue pursuing their dreams, and for sending a clear message: College IS possible!”
HNU looks forward to continued partnership with STEAM and other similar programs that seek to increase diversity and inclusivity on college campuses.