The UC ANR 4- H Latino Initiative develops a culturally responsive Career Day
What Has ANR Done?With the support of a small grant from the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation, the UC ANR 4-H Latino Initiative Team developed and implemented their first ever “Latino Career Day” at UC Davis. A total of 18 youth from five counties attended the event. It was planned and coordinated by Carol Garcia, 4-H Diversity and Expansion Program Representative in Monterey County and Lupita Fabregas, Assistant Director for 4-H Diversity and Expansion, with the support of Esther Rodriguez and Araceli Hernandez, from Kern and Orange counties. Students had the opportunity to speak with current UCD students in the Special Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP), the Latina Greek organization Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc., and with faculty scholars from the Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS). Students were also led on a tour of the campus and learned about studying abroad.
Students were inspired and motivated to pursue their higher education goalsIt was important for youth to meet individuals from similar backgrounds and realize that with hard work, perseverance and guidance, they are capable of attending and succeeding in college. For most students, this trip was their first with 4-H, for others, it was their first time on an airplane and their first hotel stay. Students were asked to complete a video interview and a written survey. One student learned that "college is a good thing because you get to explore and learn a lot" while another was "fascinated learning there are so many majors at UCD." The students enjoyed being with bilingual and bicultural colleagues from different parts of the state and with whom they could share their cultural and family values and concerns. Speaking with students and faculty members from a Latino background was very powerful; the students acknowledged that people "like them" are attending and succeeding in college. The first “Latino Career Day,” which is part of 4-H Career Readiness programming, laid the groundwork for this important event to take place in the coming years.
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Supporting Unit: California 4-H FoundationLupita Fabregas, Assistant Director for Diversity & Expansion/4-H Youth Development Advisor, firstname.lastname@example.org