Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) Retention Advocacy Program
Students of Color are encouraged to apply
Mission: To develop personal relationships with admitted freshmen to increase BIPOC retention.
The BIPOC Retention Advocacy Program believes that creating a strong sense of a caring community within the educational system will increase retention and graduation rates for all BIPOC students. In our program, students learn to support one another, to increase their participation in cultural and educational events that emphasize their respective BIPOC history, and to share responsibility towards the progress of the Latino community. By learning about their histories and their cultures, they can take pride in the accomplishments of past generations, feel connected to their communities, and acknowledge the significance of their success in the future of our peoples.
To ensure the successful transition to college for incoming BIPOC students through personal support and advice from a BIPOC graduate/professional or exceptional upper-class undergraduate student as well as a university faculty member to ultimately increase participation in higher education and positively affect the graduation rates of BIPOC students at Prescott College
To create and instill a sense of cultural pride and understanding in each participant
To empower both the Fellow and the Mentors to be in control of their choices by providing the skills needed to effectively network with various campus units, student resources, and each other
To assist in the retention of all BIPOC students on campus
To develop the leadership skills of BIPOC students
To strengthen the BIPOC community at Prescott College
To create an intellectual BIPOC community at Prescott College
To collaborate with the campus and the community at large in addressing Xicana/o and Latina/o issues and concerns as it pertains to the retention of students
To ensure a successful academic experience for the incoming BIPOC students.
To tie BIPOC students to campus and community resources that are essential to their success at Prescott College
The BIPOC Retention Advocacy Program envisions a future in which all BIPOC students: will graduate; will become empowered leaders within their respective community and the world; will share the positive images of a powerful heritage and culture with those they have contact while appreciating the history and culture of a multiracial, multicultural society; and will work together for the educational, economic, and social betterment of BIPOC communities everywhere.
The BIPOC Rentention Advocacy Program is designed to assist and empower students by providing a mentorship program environment that will aide in:
Organizing their personal and academic goals
Building their self-esteem
Building their cultural awareness
Serving as a resource unit to include:
Prescott College services
Prescott College resources
career development and opportunities
scholarship and internship information
community services and resources
graduate school information
BIPOC services and resources
faculty/staff committed to BIPOC students
Student organizers will be expected to work a minimum of 10 hours a week. Some travel is required. Student organizers should be juniors or seniors. Students should be in good academic standing.