RAP's 25th Anniversary

RAP's 25th Anniversary

Feb 18
Jesse Thompson, Assistant Dean, Academic Programs

As we celebrate Black History Month and the meaning of Inclusive Illinois, we also remember and celebrate the diversity of talented students who have come through the College of ACES.  As Assistant Dean with responsibilities for diversity and outreach programs over the past 25 years, it has been my joy and privilege to help bring together students of differing cultures, races, and geographical backgrounds and watch them grow, share, and learn from one another. This exchange of viewpoints, opinions, cultures, and life experiences has served to stimulate creativity, broader thinking, and acceptance, both on and off campus, while enriching the lives our students, the College of ACES community, and the public that we serve.

 I am excited to share with you an upcoming event that helps mark one of the most exciting accomplishments and the inclusive environment of the College of ACES, an inclusive environment which has endeavored to bring together some of the most diverse talented young people in the world. We will be celebrating the 25th year of the longest-running and one of the most successful programs in the nation. This program has had impacts on the careers of hundreds of culturally diverse students, engaging them in their high school years, during their college experiences, and into their professional careers. These students are now scientists, managers, engineers, technicians, and supervisors throughout government and industry, impacting our global society.

Please join us on Saturday, August 2, 2014, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Research Apprentice Program (formerly Minority Apprentice Program) at the University of Illinois College of ACES.

Won’t you please join me? It will be an event to be remembered by all.