I had the opportunity to interview Ashley Anderson,
Assistant Director for Latino and Hispanic Recruitment at IUPUI, about Latino Visit Day. (View photos of Latino Visit Day 2012 below).
What is “Latino Visit Day?” When does it usually take place?
Latino Visit Day is an event that is geared towards high school Latino students in their junior or senior year to come visit IUPUI’s campus for a day.
Why do you think it is important to encourage students at a young age to attend college?
It is important to encourage students at a young age to attend college because going to college requires a lot of preparation. The earlier we can educate students about the admissions process and saving for college, the better prepared they will be.
What is the general schedule of “Latino Visit Day?” Briefly tell us about the day’s activities.
The day’s events consisted of a campus tour, presentations on admissions and financial aid, hearing from a student speaker and interacting with a student panel, lunch with current students, and a photo session with IUPUI mascot, JAWZ.
Which Indiana high schools participate in this event?
We had students from all over the state of Indiana participate in the event. Some of the many high schools that were represented were: Griffith High School, Pike High School, North Central High School, Shelbyville High School, Avon High School, and Logansport High School.
While attending the event, high school students receive a JagSwag bag. What is included in this gift?
We gave each student an IUPUI brochure, pen, and bandana. The bandanas are used to promote the IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions’ Facebook and Twitter pages. If students take a picture of themselves using the bandana and post it on our Facebook or Twitter page, we send them more IUPUI JagSwag.
At “Latino Visit Day” high school students are able to listen to IUPUI student speakers talk about their college experiences. What are some of the topics that the student speakers discuss?
Our student speakers talked about why they chose IUPUI, what they like most about IUPUI, and what activities they are involved in on campus. The prospective students had questions for the current students about the difficulty of classes and what IUPUI professors are like among other things.
At the end of “Latino Visit Day” high school students have the opportunity to take a photo with the IUPUI Mascot. Explain the significance behind this photo-op.
We included an appearance by JAWZ, the IUPUI mascot, for two reasons: to bring energy to the event and to encourage students to connect with our office on social media. JAWZ ran into the room and high-fived many of the students, and by the smiles on their face, you could tell they enjoyed interacting with him. Afterwards, we allowed students to have their picture made with JAWZ, and we told them to look for their photos to be posted on our Facebook page later that day. We also e-mailed the photos to the students so they could have a memento from their time on campus.
When is the next “Latino Visit Day” and how can IUPUI students get involved?
While we have not yet started planning the event for next year, we are likely to hold it during Latino Heritage Month like we did this year. We welcome any current IUPUI students who are interested in participating to get involved. Interested students can contact Ashley Anderson at email@example.com.