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May 6, 2009 > Dia de la Raza at Ohlone College

Dia de la Raza at Ohlone College

Submitted By Gosia Gizycki

Friday, April 24 Ohlone College played host to almost 200 Latino/Latina high school students to introduce them to the process of going to college. The event, held at the Ohlone College Newark Center, invited students from local high schools to participate in tours and workshops designed to help young students make college plans. Workshops covered a variety of topics, such as reasons to attend college, various career options, and ways to pay for higher education. Counselors, Financial Aid Consultants, fellow students, and even the President of the College, Dr. Gari Browning, were on hand to welcome the Raza Day participants and to answer their questions.

Many of the College's organizations aimed at easing the transition from high school to college are focused on Latino/Latina students. The Puente Project develops a cohort of students who work together to push each other towards successful achievement of their goals. Chicano Studies courses help students understand their unique culture and background. MEChA club helps to organize activities and bring students together. All of these groups were present at Raza Day.

Two counselors, Mike De Unamuno and Maria Ramirez, helped to organize the event. They each grew up in this area, they each set and completed the goal to go to college, and the two were able to share their personal experiences with the group. Altogether, the event was successful at introducing the goal of college to a group of eager students ready to graduate from high school.

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