December 21, 2001

UCSD Early Academic Outreach Program Honored for its Commitment to Diversity

The Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) of the University of California, San Diego is a recipient of the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award from the Office of the Chancellor at UCSD.

The annual award recognizes those UCSD employees, departments and organizational units who have demonstrated significant commitment to the university's equal opportunity and diversity objectives as stated in UCSD's Principles of Community guidelines.

EAOP, one of 26 recipients of this year's award, was recognized for enhancing and supporting ethnic diversity at UCSD through various efforts, including: helping to increase enrollment of ethnically under-represented students at UCSD for Fall 2001; helping over the last three years to double the number of underrepresented students applying to one or more University of California campuses; initiating intensive college preparation programs at local Indian reservations through the EAOP American Indian Outreach Program; supporting a wide range of cultural events in the community and at UCSD, and maintaining an ethnically diverse EAOP staff.

"We are extremely proud of this award," says Rafael Her-nandez, EAOP director. "It represents the concerted effort of our EAOP professional and student employee staffs, and the teamwork of others in Student Affairs, in supporting our primary EAOP mission of identifying and preparing talented young students from educationally disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds for admission to UCSD."

Since 1976, EAOP initiatives at UCSD and other University of California campuses have been in place to increase the number of underrepresented students on UC campuses and at other top universities and colleges. EAOP is a University of California-systemwide program administered by the Office of the President. EAOP programs are currently active on all nine UC campuses and in Fresno, representing the largest student-centered initiative in the state.

At UCSD, EAOP activities are coordinated through the office of Student Educational Advancement, an entity under Student Affairs. These activities include: providing informational, motivational and academic college preparation for low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students in San Diego and Imperial counties. EAOP at UCSD currently serves more than 10,000 students at 96 middle schools and high schools.

And of the approximately 1,500 high school seniors that the UCSD program serves each year, more than half are eligible to attend the University of California, and more than 80 percent will go on to attend college at a UC campus or elsewhere.

UCSD's EAOP program literally has thousands of successful alumni who are now working in a myriad of professional positions - from attorneys to physicians, to educators to executives - and that number grows annually.

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