Presenter Information

Yasmin Acosta, Drew UniversityFollow

Location

Room 144A, Chamberlain Student Center

Start Date

13-2-2020 10:55 AM

End Date

13-2-2020 11:55 AM

Description

Drew University’s new initiative Launch is designed to prepare students/future leaders with the skills necessary to adapt to a changing workforce in the 21st century. Our goal is to help our students create a purpose-driven life plan in line with their interests, skills, and values, and the confidence to put this plan into action. Launch consists of a 1-credit mandatory course for first-year students that includes a selfassessment piece, three guaranteed immersive experiences, professional and identity/intercultural development, mentor relationships with peers, alumni, staff, faculty, and community members and the creation of a career plan e-portfolio. Launch also includes Career and Identity/Affinity communities, and integrative community Launch web spaces that serve as a hub of information on mentors, jobs/ internships, classes, events, resources, articles and blogs that offer advice and success stories. One of those communities is strictly focused on First-Generation students to fill in the academic and professional development gaps that traditionally hinder these students. Our purpose is not only to create a community of like-minded peers who can support one another, but as the Coordinator of the community, my goal is to advocate for this population and create the type of programming and events that will not only take away the stigma sometimes perceived by those who are first in their families to go to college, but will educate and empower these students in ways that will help them recognize and achieve their highest potential through fostering a sense of belonging, confidence, resilience, and purpose.

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Feb 13th, 10:55 AM Feb 13th, 11:55 AM

The First-Generation Latinx Experience and How Families Hold the Key to Retention

Room 144A, Chamberlain Student Center

Drew University’s new initiative Launch is designed to prepare students/future leaders with the skills necessary to adapt to a changing workforce in the 21st century. Our goal is to help our students create a purpose-driven life plan in line with their interests, skills, and values, and the confidence to put this plan into action. Launch consists of a 1-credit mandatory course for first-year students that includes a selfassessment piece, three guaranteed immersive experiences, professional and identity/intercultural development, mentor relationships with peers, alumni, staff, faculty, and community members and the creation of a career plan e-portfolio. Launch also includes Career and Identity/Affinity communities, and integrative community Launch web spaces that serve as a hub of information on mentors, jobs/ internships, classes, events, resources, articles and blogs that offer advice and success stories. One of those communities is strictly focused on First-Generation students to fill in the academic and professional development gaps that traditionally hinder these students. Our purpose is not only to create a community of like-minded peers who can support one another, but as the Coordinator of the community, my goal is to advocate for this population and create the type of programming and events that will not only take away the stigma sometimes perceived by those who are first in their families to go to college, but will educate and empower these students in ways that will help them recognize and achieve their highest potential through fostering a sense of belonging, confidence, resilience, and purpose.