Multicultural Students Enrich Their Summer
Summer Enrichment Program Class of 2013
Aug. 15, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Twelve MALANA (Multiracial, African-American, Latino/a, Asian-American,
and Native American) students who participated in the 2013 Illinois Wesleyan Summer
Enrichment Program (SEP) were recognized at a graduation luncheon ceremony on Wednesday,
Aug. 14 in the Joslin Atrium of Memorial Center (104 E. University Ave., Bloomington).
SEP participants along with the Illinois Wesleyan University community were asked
to read Warren St. John’s “Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make
a Difference” for the 2013 Summer Reading Program. This year’s SEP theme “Out of Many, ONE” was
derived from the novel, and in his opening remarks, IWU President Richard F. Wilson
reminded the students of a quote from the book with the philosophy, “You get more
than you give,” and elaborated that the philosophy aptly reflected the SEP Program.
He also thanked the participants for their work and positive representation of the
According to Associate Dean of Student Affairs/Co-Curricular Programming Darcy Greder,
“Outcasts United” also helped the SEP participants understand the program’s theme and facilitate group
discussion as well as team building activities.
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall addressed
those in attendance as well and presented each of the participants with certificates.
Two program awards are also presented at the graduation ceremony each year to participants
who have gone above and beyond expectations. Jazmyne Kellog was selected as SEP Intern
of the Year and SEP President Amanda Magallon was named SEP Leader of the Summer.
The SEP students determined some awards of their own, which were presented by Magallon.
They are listed as follows: Jose Landa (Most Improved in Participation); Nathalie
Macias (Best Dressed Female); Jairo Rosales (Best Dressed Male and Funniest Student);
Beatrice Koka and Catherine Wu (Best Roommate Pair); Munia Mustafa, Jeremiah Barnes,
Genyl Rufino and Leslie Ramirez (Best Smile).
SEP is a rigorous 10-week program open to all IWU minority students that focuses on
three major areas; professional, academic and personal growth of the participants.
As a part of the program, the students receive formal professional training, learn
from diversity workshops, have an internship and participate in volunteer activities,
including a final social service project.
In selecting students to participate in SEP, Greder said IWU’s Office of Multicultural
Student Affairs (OMSA) looks for students who have leadership potential, have a desire
to be involved in community service and students who can articulate personal and professional
goals in a particular area they wish to develop.
Once accepted into the program, the students work with OMSA to identify their areas
of interest and pre-professional experience to procure them a local internship. Greder
said that OMSA contacts agencies and other sites in the community that need talented
interns and placements are made with businesses that are committed to providing students
with meaningful experiences that will challenge them. Each student that completes
the summer program receives a scholarship that goes toward his or her tuition.
Over the course of the summer, SEP students volunteered with the following organizations:
Westminster Village Retirement Community in Bloomington; the Midwest Food Bank in
Bloomington; the Normal Chapter of MARC First: ROAM, an organization that provides
aid for individuals with developmental disabilities in the community; Easter Seals:
Timber Pointe Outdoor Center at a Lake Bloomington summer camp for children with developmental
disabilities; Bloomington Parks and Recreation; Unity Community Center which provides
youth enrichment programs in Bloomington; The Westside Revitalization Project in Bloomington
for community improvement; and the McLean County chapter of Habitat For Humanity in
During a presentation on Aug. 9 titled Helping Hands: Meeting the Need, each student
expanded on his or her involvement with these organizations and explained in detail
the group’s projects. From their service and fellowship with the community, the students
said they were able to commune deeper with the theme “Out of Many, ONE” and found
daily inspiration around them. One SEP student presenter, Jonathan McBride, asked
those in attendance at the presentation to inspire themselves and others to make a
difference by using an example from DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Prince of Egypt.” McBride urged the audience to believe in change as the film’s character Moses did,
and quoted a song verse from the movie, “Though hope is frail, it’s hard to kill.”
All SEP participants are listed below with their internship placements:
- Jeremiah Barnes '14, a psychology major, MARC First
- Beatrice Koka '16, an engineering major, Research: Dr. Perera & Dr. Roesner
- Jazmyne Kellog '16, a psychology major, Westminster Village, INC
- Jose Landa '15, a chemistry major, Research: Dr. Roesner
- Nathalie Macias '14, a psychology major, MARC First
- Amanda Magallon '14, a nursing major, Advocate BroMenn MC-ICU
- Jonathan McBride ’15, a business administration major with finance concentration,
ISU Professional Event Coordinator
- Munia Mustafa '15, a pre-med major, CME Coordinator, Personal Assistant
- Leslie Ramirez '14, a psychology major, Research: Millennium Pain Center
- Jairo Rosales '14, a pre-med and psychology major, Advocate BroMenn MC
- Genyl Rufino '15, a biology and physical therapy major, Allied Health Group
- Catherine Wu '15, an accounting major, Baby Fold
For more information regarding SEP, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
Contact: Hannah Dhue '15 (309) 556-3181, firstname.lastname@example.org