Summer Enrichment Program Welcomes New Cohort
March 24, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Regardless of a student’s major or future career goals, internships
are an increasingly important part of the college experience. According to the Illinois
Wesleyan Hart Career Center’s website, internships offer opportunities to make one’s
education “real” by providing practical work experience.
This summer, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will offer 12 Illinois Wesleyan
students the valuable opportunity of a local, paid internship that will help them
gain community and academic experience. This opportunity is made possible by the Summer
Enrichment Program (SEP), which has been held at Illinois Wesleyan for more than 20
years. The program will allow students to stay on campus and participate in a variety
of activities that aim to promote their academic, professional and personal growth
while improving their team-building and leadership skills.
The 10-week program is open to current Multiracial, African-American, Latino-Hispanic,
Asian-American and Native American (MALANA) and international students. This year’s
theme, “Speak Up, Speak Out,” will focus on activism.
In addition to the internship, the selected students will participate in volunteer
projects, cultural trips, formal training workshops and a group project, which Eileen
Galvez, assistant director of multicultural student affairs, said is designed to break
down and explore the dynamics of a group. The students will also read and discuss
Huey: Spirit of the Panther by David Hillard. Participants who successfully complete the program will also be
awarded a scholarship.
Matthew Damschroder, assistant dean of students, Colin Stewart, director for student
activities and leadership programs, Laurie Diekhoff, assistant director of the Hart
Career Center, and Galvez assessed numerous candidates before determining who would
qualify for the program.
“This program allows for a community to be built and it enables our students to know
that Wesleyan supports them and we are invested in their success,” said Galvez.
The group includes:
- Brigitta Jakob, Palembang, Indonesia, economics major
- Corin Sengsay, Normal, psychology major
- Sana Shafiuddin, Streamwood, Ill., nursing major
- Cristina Cervantes, Schiller Park, Ill., undecided
- Nitesh Kumar, Mundelein, Ill., biology and chemistry double major
- Kimberly Mensah, Bolingbrook, Ill., biology major
- Thalia Novoa, Marquette Heights, Ill., Hispanic studies major
- Drake Sorensen, Roanoke, Ill., business administration major
- Monica Villegas, Cali, Colombia, business administration and psychology double major
- Michelle Dominguez, Chicago, psychology major
- Ralph Pineda, Gurnee, Ill., business administration major
- Ayethaw Tun, Spring Valley, Ill., psychology major
Contact: Tia Patsavas ’16 (309) 556-3181, email@example.com