Three times, every year the CAPS office holds a My Campus event. This event gives minority high school students from the Inland Empire the opportunity to learn more about health care fields such as dentistry, medicine, nursing, physical therapy, etc. At the end of the day, students get to talk with current students in different health care fields so they can get a better idea of these careers and the educational requirements that they entail. The My Campus quarterly events are part of several LLU Pipeline programs aimed at encouraging minority representation in the health professions by providing opportunities for networking and mentorship between San Bernardino area high school students and LLU students. The last My Campus quarterly event of the 2016-2017 school year took place on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 12:30pm-6:00pm at the Wong Kerlee International Conference Center. A total of 50 students from 12 different high schools engaged with LLU students from the highlighted schools of Dentistry and Medicine.
The high school students participated in presentations and interactive activities from the highlighted schools. With the Schoool of Dentistry, students participated in a chalk-carving workshop where dentistry students interact with them one on one. The School of Medicine conducted a banana suturing exercise coupled with an ultrasound workshop. There was also a keynote presentation that was was given by dental student Christopher “Ozzie” Rodas, who shared his story about overcoming academic adversity, rejection from dental school, and his refusal to take “no” for an answer.
The event culminated with the famous Speed Mentoring session, in which one or two high school students sit across from an LLU student and rotate after a short session. During Speed Mentoring, high school students may ask questions ranging from high school class requirements, study habits and college admissions, to the LLU student’s personal academic and professional journey in pursuit of their health career. Dinner was provided and high school students and LLU volunteers continued their mentorship conversations while eating “Haystacks”. All high school participants were entered into a drawing to win giveaways provided by the highlighted schools. The CAPS Office looks forward to the next LLU Pipeline event, the summer Gateway to the Health Professions program during July, in which high school students have another opportunity to learn more about the health professions.
Written by Givan Hinds