CWUNewsNews SSS Grant Renewed for Another 5 Year Cycle, 28 Jul 2015 17:14:00<p>CWU’s<span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">TRIO Student Support Services</a><span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;grant has been renewed for another five-year cycle. With the $1.4 million award ($281,219 per year),&nbsp;</span>CWU<span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;can continue to help low-income, first-generation, and students with disabilities succeed in college.</span></p><div><div property="content:encoded"><p>The U.S. Education Department&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">awarded $270 million</a>&nbsp;to fund TRIO SSS Programs at 968 institutions. CWU’s program, operating since 1992, is funded to serve 225 students per year. Among the services offered are academic advising and tutoring, career guidance, leadership and service experience, financial literacy programs, and help applying for graduate school.</p><p>“This is such an important program to me,” said senior Ayla Medina, a TRIO student since her first year at CWU. It instantly became her strongest support system, helping both emotionally and academically.</p><p>“Having a place to go where I feel safe and I feel understood is incredible,” Medina said. “As a first-generation student, I needed information about how college is run and I found it there.”</p><p>From 2014-15, CWU’s TRIO SSS students had a 99.5 percent persistence rate and 85.9 percent of them were in good academic standing.</p><p>“The program is effective because the staff is very intentional about advancing students’ academic, personal and professional competencies,” said Lorinda Anderson, coordinator of CWU’s TRIO SSS Program.&nbsp;“We are thrilled to be funded for the next five academic years and have already been developing new ways to advance the important mission of this program.”&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Raymond Navarro, director of Academic Achievement Programs at CWU, is elated to receive the highly competitive grant. He said the award is a testament to the leadership of Provost Marilyn Levine, the vision of Dean of Student Success Sarah Swager, and the work of Academic Achievement staff.</p><p>“It also speaks to the perseverance of our students,” Navarro said. “We look forward to continuing the long history the TRIO SSS Program has in empowering students to achieve success, realize their potential, and accomplish their personal and professional goals.”</p><p>Medina, who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, moved to the United States when she was 8. She is the first in her family to graduate high school and attend college. After earning degrees in psychology and interdisciplinary studies, she wants a career that involves outreach to minority youth and underrepresented populations.</p><p>“I hope to get the message across to youth how important it is to get an education and how empowering it feels to have knowledge and be able to speak up for yourself,” Medina said. “I want to show my nieces and nephews that we can be so much more than minimum wage workers and that we are the ones who set our own barriers.”</p><p>CWU worked with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Hanover Research</a>&nbsp;to prepare the TRIO SSS grant proposal for submission. Hanover provides grant development support to hospitals, higher education institutions, and other non-profit organizations.</p><p><strong><em>Media contact</em></strong><em>: Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,&nbsp;<a href=""></a></em></p><p>July 28, 2015</p></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;"></div property="content:encoded"></a href="">SSS Spring 2014 Newsletter, 03 Dec 2014 09:24:55<p><a href="/academic-achievement/sites/" target="_self"><img alt="" src="/academic-achievement/sites/" style="width: 350px; height: 231px;"></a></p>CWU Receives Prestigious HEED Award for Excellence in Diversity, 17 Sep 2014 10:47:12<p><img alt="" src="/academic-achievement/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 306px;"></p><p>Central Washington University is a 2014 recipient of the prestigious INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. CWU is one of only 83 institutions nationwide, and the only four-year institution in Washington State, to receive the award.</p><p>The HEED Award recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. INSIGHT Into Diversity is the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education today.</p><p>“This award highlights our efforts in enhancing diversity at CWU,” said Delores (Kandee) Cleary, chief diversity officer and chair of the Sociology Department. “We are proud and honored to be selected.&nbsp; While we continue to work to ensure CWU is welcoming to everyone, this award gives us a chance to take a breath and recognize all that we have accomplished.”</p><p>Currently, minority students make up roughly 25 percent of CWU’s enrollment and the university was recently named one of the top 50 LGBT-friendly universities in the nation.</p><p>The award, open to all colleges and universities throughout the United States, measures an institution’s level of achievement and intensity of commitment in regard to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs and outreach; student recruitment, retention, and completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff.</p><p>CWU communication alumna Veronica Gomez-Vilchis of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Professional Development, took the lead in submitting the application for the award.</p><p>“Veronica worked tirelessly to bring people together to talk about their diversity work,” said Staci Sleigh-Layman, Human Resources director-at-large,. “She collected and compiled the information into a readable format, and did much of this independently, without a lot of guidance. She produced an excellent submission.”&nbsp;</p><p>Gomez-Vilchis, who also has been a faculty member in Communication and program coordinator of Bridges, has worked in HR for the past two years. 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