HAPI Diversity Recruitment Event for the McNair Scholars Program
Undergraduate students from Fayetteville State University and UNC Chapel Hill participating in the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program. The McNair Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 201 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair Scholars are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential.
Purpose of Program
- To expose students to Health Affairs disciplines at UNC-CH
- To dispel myths about the field of social work and expose students to the range of opportunities the field provides
- To enable students to take part in a social work research presentation by a faculty or doctoral student of color
- To present graduate school as a real possibility for these students, thus increasing graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.
- To assist students in their preparation for the GRE by providing each participant a copy of “The Official Guide to the GRE® revised General Test” and “Word Power Made Easy” books
- Students were asked to complete a written evaluation regarding the events of the day. Responses were very favorable
- Students who attended expressed interest in all of the Health Affairs disciplines and shared that they learned valuable information.
- Three students from the group communicated with the SSW Admissions Director that they were now considering social work for graduate student; two days after the event, one student emailed the Admissions Director with specific follow-up questions and is planning a visit to the department this fall.
Number of Participants
24 students; 4 faculty & staff; 6 HAPI reps