On November 6, 2014 three Hispanic/Latino student organizations, the Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO), the Council for Minority Student Affairs (CMSA), and the First Generation Student Organization (FGSO), hosted the first Blending with Blinn Event. The purpose of the event was to provide Blinn students information to make the transition into Texas A&M University more effective. The event was open to any Blinn student. We also opened the event to the community. And we encouraged parents to attend.
The event featured a student panel. The student panel was comprised of the officers from the three student organization. From the Texas A&M Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) we had Kimberly and Maritza. From the Council for Minority Student Affairs (CMSA) we had Nery Guerrero, and from First Generations Student Organization we had Katerin Meza and Gerson Oliver. These students answered questions about student life, study skills, successes and challenges as a college student, financing their education, impact of education on relationships with family and friends, and much more.
Our second panel was from Texas A&M University. The university panel was comprised of key staff: Roy Lopez from Texas A&M Financial Aid, Casey Ricketts from the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) Dean’s Office, and Christy Porter (advisor) from the Educational Psychology Department. These panelist answered many questions transferring to TAMU, how to prepare themselves to transfer, how to navigate the transfer process, how to find monies for college, how to make that process more effective, and more. Parents were able to ask and have questions answered in Spanish. And students were able to ask very specific questions and receive relevant answers.
We had a wonderful attendance with over 85 people. We had students come from Navasota ISD. And Bryan ISD brought a group of high school students and their parents. For more pictures of the event please visit flikr CEHD.com.
There was an excellent collaborative effort among the three Hispanic/Latino organizations form Texas A&M and Blinn. We had over 20 volunteers at the event. We even had some Aggie Bilingual, future teachers, serve as babysitters. Everyone worked hard to put on this amazing event.
On the following Monday, the steering committee for this effort met. We now have another major service event in the works. Please stay connected and we will keep you posted. I think you will really like what we have planned next!