Promote 360 Hosts Waukegan Middle Schoolers for May 3 Event

Promote 360 Hosts Waukegan Middle Schoolers for May 3 Event

Promote 360 members

Forty students volunteered to help Promote 360 show 90 Waukegan middle school students what college is like during a Northwestern campus visit on May 3. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of the President and several other groups. 

“The goal of the event is to really inspire middle school students who are from a disadvantaged background (Waukegan is predominantly lower class and predominantly Latinos/as) to pursue college by being the example,” says SESP senior Rosey Martinez, president of Promote 360 for the 2010-11 school year. Promote 360 is a SESP student organization dedicated to the empowerment and support of minority students.

“The day will be packed with activities,” says Promote 360’s new co-president Esther Wang. After introductions and icebreakers, including a “Post-It” activity centered on the students’ questions about college, a tour of campus and lunch in a dining hall will follow. In the afternoon, Northwestern student groups will perform, and an Infrastructure Technology Institute engineering group will lead a bridge building activity.

Andrea Abel, coordinator of special projects for the Office of the President, sees the event with McCall Elementary School as “an opportunity to get involved with students who could be future Wildcats.” She says that bringing student groups to campus is a valuable extension of the Good Neighbor, Great University initiative, which seeks to make Northwestern accessible to students in the Chicago area. 

“President Schapiro is interested in connecting to the community,” she emphasizes, noting that the University would like to bring more student groups to campus. Praising the "great group of students" in Promote 360, Abel points out the importance of the kind of mentoring relationships the organization has sought to develop. She also notes about the event, “It’s an opportunity for Northwestern students to work with younger students."

Other co-sponsors of the May 3 campus event are the Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs Freshmen Activities Board, Society of Women Engineers, Chicago Area Mentorship Program and Northwestern Community Development Corps. 

Promote 360 has substantial experience bringing student groups to campus as a way to inspire college attendance. In fact, during fall quarter they hosted students visiting from Cabrini Connections, John Marshall High School and Evanston Township High School (ETHS). A new mentorship program with ETHS kicked off in November when Promote 360 hosted about 30 students for a visit, gave them a tour and a dining hall experience, presented a panel about college and the application process, talked about writing personal statements and brought in several performance groups.

On May 13, Promote 360 will host fifth graders from Orchard Place School in DesPlaines who have been their pen pals throughout the school year. Another upcoming event for the group is an ice cream social on May 12 to welcome inter-school transfer students to SESP.

Among Promote 360’s other special events this year have been the annual SESP welcome-back social in September and an educational panel about the evaluation of teachers with SESP professors David Figlio and Kirabo Jackson, Chicago teacher Chase Jackson, and a representative from the Chicago Teacher's Union. 

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 4/28/11