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HENRIETTA GOODWIN SCHOLARS PROGRAM

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Mission

The Henrietta Goodwin Scholars (HGS) program seeks to support African American/Black student success through academic programming design and to facilitate their transition in, through, and out of San Diego State University.

Programs

 

Henrietta Goodwin Scholars (HGS)

Henrietta Goodwin Scholars (HGS) Program is designed to recruit, retain and support Black students in their freshmen year to ensure their academic success.

Henrietta Goodwin Scholars 2.0  (HGS 2.0)

The Henrietta Goodwin Scholars 2.0 (HGS 2.0) Program is designed to support the overall success of second-year Black students by providing resources to help advance their academic success, culminating in timely graduation. 

 

Goals

  • To enrich the educational, social, and cultural experiences of students by providing exposure to all facets of the SDSU community.

  • To provide leadership and mentoring experiences to students in an effort to develop well-rounded scholars.

  • To support and encourage the continued growth and success of students, including exposure to graduate studies and career exploration.

  • To prepare students for a diverse workforce by providing high-impact programs, collaborative learning environments.

  • To increase the retention and graduation of African American/Black students on campus.

Academic Support

  • Course Credit- Students meet on campus once a week to participate in a University Seminar: Henrietta Goodwin/Harambee Seminar Course. In this course, students acquire study and interpersonal skills for academic and personal success
  • Support from Black faculty, staff, and academic coaches/ peer mentors
  • Peer mentorship support from an Academic Coach (weekly)
  • Access to Supplemental Instructors who support first & second year students in courses with traditionally high fail rates
  • Access to free tutoring services through the Black Resource Center

Community Engagement

  • Community development through social and cultural activities
  • Integration into the Black Resource Center programs and events

Personal & Professional Development

  • Access to research opportunities and culturally-responsive leadership development. Learn about study abroad options, academic conferences, internships, and career opportunities
  • Culturally-Responsive Leadership Development, Workshops, and Seminars
  • Academic Support and Research Opportunities
  • Access to Supplemental Instructors who support first-year students in courses with traditionally high fail rates
  • Access to free tutoring services through the Black Resource Center
  • Engaging Faculty and Administrative Mentors
  • Access to research opportunities and culturally-responsive leadership development
  • Learn about study abroad options, academic conferences, internships, and career opportunities
  • Community Development through Social and Cultural Activities
  • Courses focused on enhancing writing, reading, academic success, and professional development. 

 

Dr. Rachael Stewart

 HGS Program Director

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Ahliyah S. Chambers

HGS 2.0 Program Director

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Graduate Assistants

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Kiara Prak-Perry

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Monique Holbert

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Chavon Garrett

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Academic Coaches

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Joy HeadshotJoy Moore
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Course Sequence

Henrietta Goodwin Scholars have the unique opportunity to participate in courses that are designed to provide an academic learning environment where students feel safe, valued, supported, and successful. First year students will enroll in the HGS course sequence and second year students will enroll in the HGS 2.0 course sequence. All courses will satisfy degree requirements for graduation.

HGS Fall Courses

Goodwin/Harambee Seminar Course provides opportunities for students to interact with faculty and staff in a small group setting. Students acquire study and interpersonal skills for academic and personal success. Special sessions are offered featuring campus resources including library, advising, career, health and wellness services. Embedded within the course will be an extensive overview of Black history at SDSU. This will include readings and activities based on the book, The Black in the Crimson and Black by Professor Emeritus Robert Fikes. This course meets for 50 mins each week (typically on Fridays). 

Designed to develop and enhance composition and reading skills. Focus on writing skills that contribute to academic growth and development. 

HGS Spring Courses

 

The Henrietta Goodwin/Harambee Seminar Course provides opportunities for students to interact with faculty and staff in a small group setting. Students acquire study and interpersonal skills for academic and personal success. Special sessions are offered featuring campus resources including library, advising, career, health and wellness services. Embedded within the course will be an extensive overview of Black history at SDSU. This will include readings and activities based on the book, The Black in the Crimson and Black by Professor Emeritus Robert Fikes. This course meets for 50 mins each week (typically on Fridays).
Development of intermediate expository writing skills and application of practical research principles.

 

HGS 2.0 Fall Course

 

The Henrietta Goodwin/Harambee Seminar Course provides opportunities for students to interact with faculty and staff in a small group setting. Students acquire study and interpersonal skills for academic and personal success. Special sessions are offered featuring campus resources including library, advising, career, health and wellness services. A focus of this course is career exploration, leadership and professional development. This course meets for 50 mins each week (typically on Fridays).

 

HGS 2.0 Spring Course

 

The Henrietta Goodwin/Harambee Seminar Course provides opportunities for students to interact with faculty and staff in a small group setting. Students acquire study and interpersonal skills for academic and personal success. Special sessions are offered featuring campus resources including library, advising, career, health and wellness services. A focus of this course is career exploration, leadership and professional development. This course meets for 50 mins each week (typically on Fridays).

 

Additional Academic Support Services

African American students will be welcomed to the program on Sunday, the day before the first day of class. The welcome will include introducing students to African American faculty and staff, Black student clubs and organizations, the Black Resource Center, and African American alumni. 
Students will be required to participate in educational workshops on topics related to their success in college. These workshops will be built into both the program requirements and the course requirements for GEN 100. Workshops will include topics such as: study skills, time management, navigating racial barriers, building relationships with faculty, and how to participate in high impact programs.
Students will be required to participate in educational workshops on topics related to their success in college. These workshops will be built into both the program requirements and the course requirements for GEN 100. Workshops will include topics such as: study skills, time management, navigating racial barriers, building relationships with faculty, and how to participate in high impact programs. 
Students will receive support using a case management approach that identifies their needs and connects them to necessary academic support services and opportunities. Students use of resources tailored to their needs is a requirement for on-going participation in the program. 
Students will be required to participate in Harambee weekend yield activities to help to recruit the next generation of African American scholars. While the program will be renamed Goodwin Scholars, the yield event will still retain the name “Harambee.” Click here to learn more.