Minneapolis – As part of its Asian American Partners for Tomorrow (AAPT) program, the University of Minnesota’s Asian American Studies Program (AASP) is partnering with the Asian American Students for Advancement and Progress (AASAP) and the Hmong Minnesota Student Association (HMSA) to host the annual “Shadow the U” College Day event on Friday April 29, 2011.
Shadow the U invites local Asian American high school students and their parents to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus. The purpose of Shadow the U is to promote post-secondary education for Asian American students and to empower these potential college students to succeed in academic excellence. Shadow the U provides a unique on-campus experience at the University of Minnesota that will offer insight to higher education by partnering Asian American high school students with a small group of UofM undergraduate students.
During this daylong event, high school students will meet current undergraduate students, faculty and staff, and gain access to available resources and services that can prepare them for college admission and academic readiness. Participants will attend a series of workshops to help prepare them for college. The workshop series will consist of Admissions, Financial Aid, Career Exploration, and Gender Issues in Higher Education. High school students will also have the opportunity to shadow an undergraduate student to experience a college classroom. This will also be an opportunity for the “shadow buddies” to give the high school students the personal attention that they need for questions about the college experience. This will also help the high school student network and build connection to the University.
Parents will also be involve in the event. Their understanding of the college life is critical, as they will provide the support to the success of their student. Parents will attend a college mock class and speak with the financial aid office to address any financial concerns they may have of their student’s academic career in college. Parents will be engage in a discussion with University staff and students on issues that pertains to college students and how the parents could help. Parents will also be able to tour the UofM campus and see the numerous resources the U have to offer.
Lastly, a panel of UofM students with diverse background will discuss their experiences as an undergraduate student, graduate student, and professionals in their careers to show the vast possibility of life beyond the undergraduate degree. The purpose of this panel is to get the students to think about the benefits of an undergraduate degree and the opportunities that it provides.
The AAPT program seeks to facilitate the academic and admission readiness of high-school aged Asian American students by: 1) addressing their personal and social readiness for higher education; 2) providing mentorship and academic support; and 3) by creating long-lasting relationships between undergraduate college students, local high school students, and AASP faculty and staff.
The Asian American Partners for Tomorrow program is funded by the University of Minnesota’s Office of the Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity
If you would like more information, please contact Saengmany Ratsabout at 612-625-4813 or [email protected]