Jump Start

Program Overview

Jump Start is a four-day intensive preparatory program for first-year students from multicultural backgrounds interested in learning how to be successful at UW-Green Bay. During the four-day program students will:

  • Move-in early and live in their assigned UW-Green Bay housing and meet other first-year students
  • Learn about UW-Green Bay office resources, and strengthen time management/study skills
  • Discover how to navigate the city of Green Bay and understand more about Green Bay’s community resources
  • Gain insight on intercultural differences, increase intercultural competency and strengthen multicultural growth and development

Goals/Value/Mission

Jump Start underlines UW-Green Bay’s American Intercultural Center commitment toward the support of multicultural college students and our efforts to develop and retain diversified college students and is committed to implementing appropriate and proactive outreach and early intervention practices. Jump Start aims to promote and increase the recruitment, participation and success of underrepresented students at UW- Green Bay.

The summer experience is organized around five main goals:

  • Increase college preparatory skills and study skill abilities
  • Enhance social skills for a successful college experience
  • Familiarize participants with UW-Green Bay and the student services offices and their processes
  • Develop students’ knowledge of their multicultural identities
  • Validate students’ sense of themselves as college learners

Eligibility

  • Enrolled at UW-Green Bay as a first-year student with 12 credits of more
  • Identify as being a part of an underrepresented ethnic minority group
  • Available to start program on Sunday, August 27 – Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Cost: $40

 

Previous Participants

Elijah Mada, First-Year Student

Jump Start 2016 Participant
Hometown: Fort Campbell, KY
Major: Computer Science

I participated in Jump Start because it allowed me to move in early free of charge
which would get rid of the chaos of me moving in with all the other freshman. Aside from that I had no idea what to expect from Jump Start, at least that I can remember. I am really glad that I did decide to participate because it made starting college so much easier. I was able to meet faculty that are important to know throughout your college career. It was also good way to get to learn the campus and more specifically where your classes will be. Other than that, the people that you meet in Jump Start will be people you become close with, I am still friends with people I met in Jump Start today. Plus, it gives you a really cool place to hang out other than your room, the AIC. If you are considering doing Jump Start, stop thinking and just do it. There are no consequences and there are multiple benefits. You won't regret it.

Lilly Vang, Junior

Jump Start 2015 Participant
Hometown: Sheboygan, WI
Major: Humanistic Studies
Minor Spanish

The Jump Start program helped me learn a lot about my campus and the different resources available to me as a student. I really struggled my first semester and without Jump Start, I wouldn't have known where to turn. Jump Start helped me stay in college as well as grow into the person I am today. Without this experience, I would not have made it as far as I did. I did not do this alone. I met an awesome group of people and we all do wonderful things on campus together through student organizations. Jump Start is an amazing program. If you get the chance to join, I encourage you to. The experience and awareness you gain will be unforgettable. This program really is a pathway to success in college.

Selena Deer, Sophomore

Jump Start 2015 Participant
Hometown: Brown Deer, WI
Major: Theater & Communication
Minor: Political Science

I participated originally in Jump Start so that I could move in earlier. But the seminars on Stereotypes, Living On a Predominantly White Campus, and Tokenism, were insightful and helpful in knowing that I had a support network in the American Intercultural Center (AIC) staff. These were topics that were not really touched on in my high school, but I had experienced them. I also appreciated the help with finance, the health center, and with D2L and SIS. Those were useful skills that are vital to understand as a student, and when we re-learned them in Freshman Orientation, we were able to help others understand them. I found it highly influential to get to meet student leaders of Color who talked with us and gave their perspectives of the campus. My message for future Jump Start students is that this Jump Start is invaluable, and the experiences you'll have and friends you will make in the program enhance your overall college experience. Don't take this program lightly, or for granted.

Paige Eisen, First-year Student

Jump Start 2016 Participant
Hometown: Appleton, WI
Major: Elementary Education
Minor: Math

I participated in Jump Start so I could learn about resources on campus, meet new friends before classes, and of course it came with the advantage of moving in early. I think Jump Start positively affected my college experience. I got to learn a lot about what to expect with being a minority on campus and the resources the campus offered to me. The program also helped ease my nerves by being able to walk my classes and meet new people before school began. I learned that no matter what, I would not be alone here at UWGB. I would highly suggest anyone to join Jump Start; I had been on some campus tours and attended campus preview days, but this program helped me in ways I couldn't have gotten from anywhere else.

Jada Davis, First-year Student

Jump Start 2016 Participant
Hometown: Milwaukee
Major: Democracy and Justice Studies
Minor: Dance

I participated in Jump Start so I could learn about resources on campus, meet new friends before classes, and of course it came with the advantage of moving in early. I think Jump Start positively affected my college experience. I got to learn a lot about what to expect with being a minority on campus and the resources the campus offered to me. The program also helped ease my nerves by being able to walk my classes and meet new people before school began. I learned that no matter what, I would not be alone here at UWGB. I would highly suggest anyone to join Jump Start; I had been on some campus tours and attended campus preview days, but this program helped me in ways I couldn't have gotten from anywhere else.