Freshman Academy for Diverse Students Launched

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Eastern Kentucky University’s African/African American Studies program has partnered with several campus offices to launch a new program aimed at promoting the retention of all students, with particular focus on minority students.

The Freshman Academy for Diverse Students is designed as a year-long interactive learning experience that will provide first-year students with the information, encouragement and direction they need in order to navigate college life and reach their academic, personal, and professional goals at EKU.

“Our ultimate goal is to provide on-going support for students during this critical first year of their college life, and beyond,” said Dr. Salome Nnoromele, director of the African/African American Studies program and coordinator of the Academy.

The program will kick off on Sept. 19 with a one-day college skills conference. Participants will attend various interactive workshops geared toward problem solving and providing practical resources to aid student success. Students will then participate in a variety of academic and social activities throughout the year.

Students who complete the program will have the opportunity to win a $250 book scholarship for use in Spring 2015, and a $1,000 tuition scholarship toward 2015-2016 tuition.

Participation in the program is by self-selection. All EKU students are invited to participate, but must be registered and attend the Sept. 19 conference in order to take full advantage of Academy resources and scholarship opportunities.

Students can register at the Academy website ( For more information, contact Nnoromele at or 859-622-8676.

Published on August 20, 2014

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