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Implementing Ethical Social Advocacy: Enhancing Latino Student Interest in Careers and Higher Education
Julie A. Dinsmore, Samuel Lopez, David D. Hof, Catherine M. Hock, and Michael Bishop
One example of this collaborative approach to ethical advocacy practice is the Educational Access Project (EAP), a program designed by counselor education and other faculty/staff in the College of Education (COE) at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) in partnership with K-12 school counselors/educators, community leadership, and parents in participating communities, to increase preparedness for and access to postsecondary education for students from underrepresented groups. The EAP contains five components: (1) student tutoring program, (b) summer camps, (c) family education sessions, (d) campus visits, and (e) multicultural programming on the UNK campus. This article describes the organization and implementation of the summer camp component of the program, which was designed to increase career counseling support and enhance access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups, primarily recent immigrants from Hispanic backgrounds. Described in detail are staffing, logistics, and activities involved, with the hope that those interested can replicate this type of component in their own settings.