Students in Hispanic Initiative Summer Program at DeSales Focus on Displaced People of Africa
The Hispanic Initiative Summer Academic Enrichment Program at DeSales University offers students the opportunity for personal growth through mentoring in academic and social activities. Offered over a two-week period, the initiative will feature a middle school program, from Monday, June 18, to Friday, June 22, followed by a high school program, from Monday, June 25, through Friday, June 29. Students taking part in the 2007 summer program will focus on the displaced people of Darfur, Sudan Africa.
About 40 students from Lehigh Valley middle and high schools (20 in each of the middle school and high school week-long sessions) will be participating in the summer program. Among the area schools represented by students are Bethlehem Catholic High School, Liberty High School, Luis Dieruff High School, Freedom High School, Salisbury High School, and William Allen High School. Also, Harrison-Morton School, Holy Infancy School, Roberto Clamente School, and Raub Middle School.
Students will take part in a variety of classes and workshops designed to create awareness on Darfur that will be conducted by members of the DeSales faculty, staff and students. As part of the program, they also will enjoy recreational activities ranging from dancing, swimming, talent night presentations and a picnic, to attending a production of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. In addition, they will take field trips to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, and to the Holocaust Museum and other sites in Washington, D.C.
- On Thursday, June 21, students will present "Short Books" of their stories at 1:00 p.m. in the Southern Lehigh Library. Students created their own short story books, which they will send to refugee camps in Africa.
- Students also will do a "stuff a plush" and make a variety of different creatures, also to be sent to Africa.
- Students will hear about the refugee situation in Africa from a special guest speaker and also see a video.
- Recreational activities include dancing, swimming, talent presentations, barbeque picnics, contests, and attending a production of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.
- Field trips to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, and the Holocaust Museum and other sites in Washington, D.C.
"The aim and goals of the program are to meet the needs of the Hispanic community and encourage young people, students in public and parochial schools to gain confidence, continue in school, and consider that college is a viable option for them and their families," said Kerry Sethi, director of multicultural and international affairs at DeSales.
For more information on the program, please contact Kerry Sethi, director of multicultural and international affairs at DeSales, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1721.
Press Release: Students in Hispanic Initiative Summer Program at DeSales Focus on Displaced People of Africa | Posted on: 6/20/2007
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu