The UMass Amherst Libraries recently announced undergraduate outreach librarian Annette M. Vadnais’ participation in the University of Massachusetts’ College Matters for U program. In October 2014, the UMass Center at Springfield launched College Matters for U as part of Springfield Public Schools’ College and Career Awareness Month.
The College Matters for U program allows students from area schools to visit the UMass Center in Springfield to participate in a day of engaging activities. The goal of the program is to educate students in grades K-12 about S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) career options and expose them to opportunities available after high school graduation, including applying to and attending college.
Vadnais reached out to Leykia Nulan, assistant provost for diversity at UMass Amherst, who spearheads the university’s ongoing efforts to increase diversity in the undergraduate student body and to foster an inclusive, supportive campus community, and offered to help these efforts in any way she could. Nulan then connected Vadnais with Jamina Scippio-McFadden, Director of Marketing and Community Relations at the UMass Center.
“College Matters for U is a program that really speaks to me. Being able to help kids realize that college is an option for them is really wonderful,” says Vadnais. Read more...