2016 Summer Academy Highlights
After spending six weeks at NMH our 75 Upward Bound Scholars are ready for this new school year. The summer was an eventful one, and students were able to learn, develop and stretch themselves in new ways! Student orientation gave our seniors a chance to learn what it means to be a leader and helped welcome new and returning students this summer. Orientation also allowed scholars to summit Mount Sugarloaf, participate in team building, and engage in meaningful discussions about identity.
Our students were challenged to take a rigorous course load and 26 senior scholars successfully completed a 3-credit college Humanities course culminating in presentations and final papers focusing on a variety of social justice topics.
The Annual Social Justice Conference, centered on our program theme of Immigrant and Immigration Rights, brought a wide range of presenters and workshops including Migrant Justice, a Vermont based organization that advocates for migrant farmers, Springfield No One Leaves, a grassroots organization that helps residents impacted by the housing crisis advocate against foreclosures and displacement, and our keynote I’yawo Alicia Anabel Santos, a Dominican-American poet and writer. Many of our own scholars presented workshops ranging from Latina representation in media, injustice in the American educational system, and gender. Upward Bound programs from UMASS Dartmouth, University of Maine Farmington, and UMASS Amherst also participated in the conference.
Additionally, over 20 UB Alumni came back to campus to impart guidance on current students at our Annual Alumni Day. Our program trip to Boston was a success and included a trip to the Immigration Museum in the Prudential Center, a Duck Tour, and a music festival in the Common. College Day brought over 20 college admissions representatives, allowing our students to engage in information sessions and mock interviews. Students demonstrated a lot passion and courage in sharing their talents with the UB community and their families at our Annual Talent Show.
Thank you to all of our Scholars and staff for making Summer Academy 2016 one to remember!