Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

UT Austin Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence

 

Spring 2016 Site Review

Position: Austin City Hall Fellows
Student: Government Senior

For my internship I worked with the Austin City Hall Fellows based out of the Longhorn Center for Community Engagement. Originally I participated as fellow in the second cohort spring of 2015. During my time as a fellow I was challenged academically seeing as this course was taught as a graduate cohort and based around process application rather deliverables such as test and papers.

The course centered around building capacity for the City of Austin in neighborhoods which have been displaced by rapid gentrification, digital divide, and a lack of economic resources. Each class session we had a different speaker or lecturer giving my class a rich history of demographics, policy, community engagement and other pressing issues within Austin. Aside from the academic component of the course we also had community component. Each student was placed in three different target neighborhoods, and I was placed within the Holly neighborhood.

During my time as a fellow we were required to address issues within our targeted neighborhood, my group saw a need to provide funding to recreation centers within the neighborhood. This idea was formed from our class speaker Ellen Lee at the Regional Foundation Library director. This library provides grant funding to nonprofits, individuals and various institutions. Our team connected the recreation centers with library in hopes they will receive grant funding.

 

Fall 2015 

Position: Intern
Student: Government Senior

In Higher Education system in America there is a need for FirstYear students, both community and university, to receive support during their transitional time from high school to college. As an intern I using my current experiences, resources and knowledge as a former community college student and UT student in the ​Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence to create a comparative analysis and an engagement plan with a sense of uniqueness, purpose and engagement for FirstYear college students. I worked collaboratively with Dr. Aileen Bumphus and Dr. Christie Ponce to research, collaborate and develop strategies for engaging First Year students in the college setting for the purpose of increasing retention rates, social awareness and degree completion.

Within my internship for the Fall 2015 semester I was tasked with the responsibility to create a student success comparative analysis and engagement plan for my hometown’s local community college Lee College in Baytown, Texas. To complete these tasks I researched The University of Texas at Austin, Austin Community College, Huston Tillotson and Lee College current student success programs employed through each university or college. Within my research I found retention rates can be increased with student success programs.


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