Shadow Day Sheds Light on the College Experience for Local High School Students

November 23, 2010

Shadow Day

Students wear M&M shirts that read, "We are all the same on the inside."

On October 29, 2010, local high school students were paired up with current Rollins students and given the opportunity to attend college classes and explore the campus. Organized as a “shadow day,” the event focused around students who participate in Upward Bound, a federally funded TRiO program, which provides eligible students with the academic preparation, advisement and encouragement to succeed in high school and college. In addition to attending courses, the students enjoyed lunch at Rollins’ cafeteria, played icebreaker games and were encouraged to ask questions during a question and answer session hosted by student mentors.

The day of activities was put together by Cherisse Hagood (Class of 2012), as part of her role as an NCORE delegate. This summer, Hagood, along with 17 other students, faculty and staff members, attended the 2010 National Conference of Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) in National Harbor, Maryland. There, she was given to opportunity to learn about issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education from some of the leading voices in social justice work in the United States. The conference proved to be a forum for students to gain knowledge and experiences that they were then charged with bringing back to their alma maters. Hagood, who is also president of Black Student Union, opted to focus on sharing the importance of going to college.

As part of her “give back” project, Hagood enabled the Upward Bound students to open up about their lives, their high schools and their career goals. “I really wanted to help put on this event because I enjoy working with younger students. I want them to be interested in going to college and to believe that they can achieve whatever goals they may have,” said Hagood.

Rollins students attended NCORE thanks to the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Vice President of Business and Finance and Treasurer Jeff Eisenbarth and the Diversity Advisory Council. The NCORE delegates will be facilitating additional “give back” projects in upcoming months. To learn more, please contact Melanie Gnecco, graduate assistant in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, at

By Meghan Thomas (Class 2011)

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