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Lawrence, Kansas
Helping Native American Students Prepare for College
Graduates from Haskell's summer bridge program pose with their certificates. Photo courtesy of Haskell Indian Nations University.

An NEH grant enabled Haskell Indian Nations University to welcome two classes of incoming students for a free, three-week Summer Bridge program that used Native American literature to prepare them to read and write to collegiate standards. The intensive residential program, complete with co-curricular evening activities, provided vulnerable students with the extra leg-up they needed to successfully transition to college both academically and socially. Students were afforded the opportunity to form mentoring relationships with the faculty who would teach their freshman writing courses and a community of peers that would be waiting for them when they returned for the fall semester.

“The Summer Bridge program was very beneficial to me. I was really nervous about coming here, but I’ve been able to learn the campus, meet some awesome people, and learn more about writing. I gained skills in reading, analyzing, writing, and managing everything I have to do to be successful in school. I am so glad I did this program.”

–Student Participant

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