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Monday, May 18, 2015

Partnering for School Success Participants Tour U of M

Over 50 Latino parents and children living in the Triton and Faribault (MN) School Districts toured the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis campus on Saturday, May 9. Parents participating in the “Partnering for School Success (PSS) Children, Youth and Families at Risk Project” and their children boarded buses for a field trip to learn what the University offers Latino students, including possible areas of study (majors), scholarships, and other types of support.

Participants learned about planning for college and toured a number of campus locations, including new technologically equipped classrooms, the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, and the Coffman Memorial Union (student center). All presentations and tours were in Spanish for the 33 parents and 22 middle-school students. Tex Ostvig, coordinator of Pre-Collegiate Outreach with the Multicultural Center, facilitated the program and offered many stories of encouragement and motivation for children seeking higher education and their parents.

Partnering for School Success montage of participants
Clockwise from top left: students in front of the Weisman Art Museum, a parent listening to a presentation,
the group with Goldy Gopher by Coffman Memorial Union, and Tex Ostvig leading a tour.

When asked what part of the visit they liked the most, participants had the following to say:
  • “The tour because I became acquainted with the university and I like it a lot and I believe that my children can go now.” — A parent 
  • “Everything. The facilities, the conversation, the time that is dedicated to Latino families. The presentation was so motivating and so clear!” — A parent 
  • “Seeing the university for the first time.” — A student
  • “Walk around the campus. You can do it.” — A student
For more on PSS, visit this web page: Partnering for School Success

Kathleen Olson
Program Director — Partnering for School Success

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