LSAMP Scholars Welcome Reception
The Ohio State University Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Scholars Welcome Reception held on September 12, 2014, Kicked off the academic year and featured Dr. Valerie Lee, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for Outreach and Engagement as keynote speaker. Dr. Lee's speech closed with a reading of Langston Hughes' “Mother to Son,” a poem that offers advice about continuing on despite challenges.
Nearly 60 LSAMP Scholars and staff in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion gathered to discuss the new direction LSAMP will take this year. Under a new, highly student-centered approach, LSAMP students will participate in:
- faculty mentoring
- peer mentoring
- tutoring/supplemental instruction
- undergraduate research
Because the Welcome Reception was the first event of the 2014-2015 academic year, a main focus was on the Scholars getting to know each other. The 57 LSAMP Scholars are enrolled in over 20 majors, involved in research in a vast degree of disciplines, and are member of programs such as the Program for Advancing in Scholarship and Service (PASS), Minority Engineering Program (MEP), Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male (BNRC), Morrill Scholars Program (MSP), the Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) and more. Students participated in activities that allowed them to witness how being connected and developing a sense of belonging is important to the STEM community.