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Upstate Class V, Fall 2006

Upstate Class V, Greenville, SC

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Mix It Up

Mix It Up utilized a previously established national program named Mix It Up. The program is designed for high school students to spend one session of lunch sitting with randomly selected students, as opposed to their standard group of friends. Once at the table with these new students, a facilitator walks them through some questions about the similarities and differences they have with these new students as well as their typical lunch mates. Mix It Up took this idea and implemented it in the cafeterias at Michelin, NA headquarters and at the Greenville Health System.

Trail Blazers

Members of the Trail Blazers decided to analyze the connection between poverty and poor performance in the classroom by third and fifth graders. Through their research, they presented striking evidence that there is a direct relationship between the two. They also showed that the opportunity for impact to be made on this disparity closes rapidly between the third and fifth grade.

The Next Generation

Members of the Next Generation decided to take on the lack of diversity management curriculum in education. In order to create a dialogue about diversity management in education, the Next Generation created a website, www.teachdiversity.org. As the project evolved, the group added to the website the following: recognition of award-winning programs in promoting diversity in education; lesson plans on diversity; books, videos and resources on diversity in education; grant opportunities; and conferences on diversity.

Road Runners

The Road Runners' project was to create a resource guide for newly-arrived immigrants that explains and presents the key customs, services and expectations of the Upstate community that would help ease the integration process. The Road Runners recognized that there were both explicit and implicit challenges integrated into the Upstate culture making it difficult for immigrants to integrate.

Détente

The Détente capstone group’s goal was to create a sustainable relationship between Bob Jones University (BJU) and East North Street Academy (ENSA), an elementary school located a few blocks from BJU. ENSA has a complex mixture of students with over 50% of the student body being African American and nearly 20% being Hispanic. Members of Détente met with staff at BJU to present their idea of encouraging a relationship between their students and the students, families and faculty at ENSA through a mentoring and tutoring program.

DiverCity

Members of DiverCity spent time at the Greenville County Boys and Girls Club. Children ranging from preteens through older teenagers participate in after school programs at the club. The DiverCity capstone group recognized that every child spending time there was African American. The composition of their own capstone group was a owerful example for the children; the students were impressed to see such a diverse group of adults hanging out and enjoying each other.