The Quinnipiac University Advancing Diversity in Science (QUADS) program recently debuted its summer experience, bringing together Quinnipiac faculty and student mentors with local high school teachers and students for a week of team-building, games, improv activities, wellness exercises, crafts and more.
The QUADS initiative launched in July 2021 under the leadership of Cindy Kern, associate teaching professor of education. The three-year-long program hosts 75 high school students from Hamden, Ansonia and Meriden.
The last year of QUADS will see participants entering their communities to engage with stakeholders that can affect change, including parent groups, government officials and town boards. Teachers and mentors will also work with the high schoolers on college preparation, supplying guidance on applications, FAFSA forms and more.
“We’re hoping to build community in the students’ schools and connect with the communities they live in,” Kern said. “The summer experience really helped students understand that Quinnipiac is their community, too.”