The Scholars Program will consist of two parts: a three-week summer academy for Native students who are about to matriculate as first year students, and ongoing, wraparound college advising that builds on the skills learned at the Scholars Program. The academic courses include a small college writing-intensive seminar taught by Lawrence faculty; and a lecture-based course taught by Dr. Adrienne Keene, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University. After the completion of the Scholars Program, the Director will follow up with monthly student advising sessions to help students develop resilience in the face of new academic, cultural, and social challenges they encounter at college. Students will be prepared to make successful transitions to college, achieve and sustain academic success, and become high achievers who will be competitive for fellowships, internships, graduate/professional schools, and career opportunities. The Director will also integrate the Scholar’s parents in the advising sessions to foster family support.
Co-curricular Skill Building and Socio-cultural Resilience
Students will further develop their academic skills by learning success strategies that will include topics such as mindset, resilience, interdependence, as well as traditional academic skills including note-taking, test preparation, study strategies, and time management. In addition to teaching academic preparation, the Scholars Program will help develop skills around resiliency and understanding the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender and tribal citizenship in higher education. Students will engage in reflection and discussion of the kinds of socio-cultural challenges they may encounter at selective colleges and universities—especially at predominantly white institutions (PWIs)—and strategies for overcoming those challenges. The Scholars Program uses holistic and indigenous frameworks to prepare students in their mental, physical, cultural and spiritual development. Digital storytelling and a wellbeing workshop focused on physical fitness and nutrition will also be integrated. Our goal is to strengthen students with the tools to becoming critically conscious of the higher educational structural inequalities by addressing settler colonialism, racism, decolonization, racial equity, transformative resistance, social justice and healing.
College Horizons Scholars Program interns will lead recreational and social activities, including coordinating guest speakers and planning weekend field trips to local Wisconsin tribal communities. The purpose is to prepare students to integrate well at their new institutions, to build the strong peer networks that will help them be successful in college, to cope with feelings of homesickness or isolation, and to find ways to maintain connections with their Native identity and community. An additional objective is to foster a strong sense of community among the Scholars cohort, building relationships that students will be able to call on for mutual support even after they have gone on to their various colleges and universities.