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Senior Seminar Projects

Inter-cohort Collaboration

Dr. Gadow introducing the senior teams
Dr. Gadow introducing the senior teams

Early in the morning on March 8, UHL students sat themselves in North Classroom 1535 to listen to seniors talk about their projects. By presenting to the rest of the UHL student body, the seniors hoped to not only get feedback on what they’ve been working for the last year, but also to get other students involved. Though seniors have been working throughout the year, most of their projects require more students to carry them on.

Michal Peer (Anthropology, ’15) spent the first few minutes chatting with people in her row before the presentations began. “Everyone had concise reports,” she said. “It was planned out with no ‘ums’ or ‘likes’.”

She found it interesting to listen to the brief summaries of all the projects, especially because of how much they changed since the beginning of the year. Though the seniors presented their projects at the UHL Dinner of Excellence, this gathering allowed them to talk about the progress they had made. The Fitness League team created an after school program at Colfax Elementary school and are working to get funding for shoes for the kids to run in a 5k. The UHL House team is currently working to get approval to build a new house. The Genderfree Bedroom team is holding an event on campus to talk about gender issues. The Childcare team is setting up internships and volunteer opportunities with Florence Crittenton High School. Finally, the Academic Advising team is conducting focus groups to figure out ways to improve advising.

Even though Michal enjoyed the wide range of projects, she worried about its relevance to her. As a sophomore, her senior project is not something she has to worry about for at least another year. Itzel Gourmelon (Anthropology, ’14) on the other hand will be taking senior seminar next semester. For her, she found the presentations well done and brief, but she wasn’t sure if any of them were right for her.

For her future project, Itzel wants to use digital storytelling about the community. “Academia teaches on thing, but stories can really enhance education,” she said. Although this idea is different from the projects already being done, Itzel is working to form a team as well as work with other teams to accomplish their goals. An idea Itzel had would be for all the teams to work on one project together, except have each team do one part.

Regardless of how the seniors finish their projects or what the next class decides to champion, UHL will continue to produce projects as diverse as the students within the program itself.

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