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Post-pandemic preparations for key student groups

Update | Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The New Student Programs office hosted two summer bridge programs for students from populations the pandemic has disproportionately impacted. The groups – first-generation college students and men of color – are all entering their first semester at Columbus State. There were 19 students in the “First Gen Launch” on August 9. Ten students attended “MALI: Men of Color Appreciating their Legacy and Identity” on August 10.

Students in both programs were able to build relationships with others who shared their identities. They were introduced to valuable campus resources, enjoyed a catered lunch from Blend, and participated in skill-building and identity-based workshops from TRIO, Student Advocacy and Financial Stability, and Student Engagement and Inclusion. All participants are receiving $125 in financial assistance in the form of a scholarship or Bookstore gift card to help pay for their first semester at Columbus State.

Organizers want to thank Allison Franz, Jordan Williams, Lori Billenstein, Melanie Watts, Lisa Phillips, and Brett Welsh for facilitating workshops, Terrence Brooks for his MALI words of welcome, and Chef Michele Willoughby and the Blend team for the delicious food.

Below, left, First Gen Launch group; right, MALI: Men of Colorr Appreciating their Legacy and Identity.

Summer programs groups




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