OSEP and Promote 360 Host Evanston Students on Campus

OSEP and Promote 360 Host Evanston Students on Campus

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One hundred Evanston Township High School sophomores got a taste of what college is like when they spent the entire day at Northwestern University during the first Kits&Cats@NU program. Many of the high school students are the first in their family to consider attending college.

The purpose of the day was “to excite high school students about campus life and encourage them to apply to college,” says Susan Ipri Brown, associate director of the Office of STEM Education Partnerships, one of the organizers of the event.

Northwestern President Morton Schapiro and ETHS Superintendent Eric Weatherspoon spoke to the group during the noon hour. And the rest of the day they attended a variety of classes and special events around campus.

At the Technological Institute, Northwestern students talked to the ETHS students about design work. The students also sat in on a class on culture offered by the Department of African American Studies, and they attended a writing seminar and an introductory journalism session, sponsored by Medill.

They went backstage in the theater department and met Northwestern theater students. They attended a talk about college and admissions offered by the admissions office. They also took a trivia quiz about Northwestern and college, given by Northwestern athletes.

And they got a feel for resident dining when they ate lunch at Elder Hall. All of the high school students participated in a walking tour of campus. Northwestern students guided the high school students from one building to another during the day.

Promote 360, the SESP student organization dedicated to minority student well-being, provided the volunteer tour guides. Norris Bookstore provided purple backpacks with both Northwestern and ETHS logos, notebooks, pens and a t-shirt imprinted “Kits&Cats@NU.” The day’s events were coordinated by OSEP in collaboration with University Relations and ETHS.

“We are thrilled to support President Schapiro's vision of being a ‘Good Neighbor’ to ETHS,” says OSEP director and SESP faculty member Kemi Jona. “Susan Ipri Brown did a fantastic job of arranging exciting visits to NU science and engineering labs where the ETHS students got a chance to engage in hands-on activities that really fired up their imaginations about what college life is like. I look forward to continued partnership with ETHS teachers and college counselors to continue this important program."

“The value of the day is in demystifying what college classrooms and student activities are like, allowing high school students to meet undergraduates and find similarities with them, and feed their excitement for further study,” notes an ETHS representative.

By Lucille Krasnow and Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 11/10/11