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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., July 14, 2010 —Twelve Latina teenagers from southwest Missouri will spend a week at Drury University from July 19-23 for the Campamento de Alumnas Hispanas (Summer Camp for Latina girls).
The one dozen girls taking part in the program are self-identified Latinas, entering the eighth or ninth grades in the fall of 2010 and they all had to apply and gain acceptance into the program. The students will live in Drury dormitories and eat in the university's cafeteria during their stay. There is no cost to the campers.
The theme of the week is "Exploring Identity" and activities will include academic and non-academic pursuits. In the classroom, the students will get instruction from Drury faculty on literature, women's studies, computer programming and writing. Out of the classroom, the girls will learn about meditation, physical education, jewelry and mirror-making, and women's self-defense.
"The participants in this program will be exposed to a variety of ideas and practices that will help them look at their identities in new ways while providing ample time for reflection and dialogue," says Dr. Jayne White, Drury professor of education.
The project is led by Drs. White and Rebecca Denton from the School of Education and Child Development; Dr. Elizabeth Nichols, professor of Spanish and Dr. Tim Robbins, instructor of Spanish. Four Drury students will supervise the campers as resident advisors: Barb Johnson, Denise de León, Krista Boettler and Jazmin Roman.
This is the first year for the program, but the faculty organizers plan to make it an annual event. "Placing young women on a university campus and allowing them to explore their possible futures will, hopefully, empower them to make informed decisions about a life after high school," says White. "The Camp also provides an opportunity for our Drury student resident advisors, some of whom are future teachers, to learn to work with a diverse population of students."
Drury's School of Education and Child Development, The Diversity Center, the Drury University Global Civic Engagement Project (GCEP) and the President's Council for Inclusion sponsor the summer camp.
Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.
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