For the second consecutive year, Esperanza has partnered with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and ASPIRA of Pennsylvania to promote and foster diversity in the STEM+M fields (science, tech, engineering, math and medicine) by enhancing awareness of, and interest in, careers in those fields among African-American and Latino students from Olney Charter High School.
Summer Academy participants took field trips to the Franklin Institute, one of Philadelphia’s leading scientific institutions. They also visited today Esperanza College of Eastern University, Pennsylvania’s first Hispanic Serving Institution, to learn about life as an undergraduate student from the Director of Science, Math and Medical Assisting Nilsa Graciani.
“We are excited to be involved in this collaboration that has a potential to make a much needed difference in our communities,” Graciani, PhD said. With the right amount of support, encouragement, and opportunities all students regardless of their background or ethnicity should be able to succeed.”
The Summer Academy marks the cornerstone of a partnership that spans the academic year, with PCOM faculty collaborating with faculty from ASPIRA Schools and Esperanza College on professional and curriculum development and the establishment of practicum and research opportunities
The opportunity of Esperanza College is that you can begin at any stage of life, wherever you are, y aún si el inglés es su segundo idioma. That’s what makes us being in this community so special. We are fully committed to the transformational power of faith, reason, and justice in our barrio/neighborhood and yours.
Find out more about the Esperanza opportunity at Eastern.edu.