The students staying in UNC Asheville’s residence halls for a few nights this summer were decidedly younger than usual.

Nine Latinx students from Asheville High School and Erwin High School in UNC Asheville’s iVamos! program got to experience college life, from hanging out and sleeping in the residence halls to eating in the cafeteria to conducting experiments in the chemistry lab.

“It’s a great way to showcase different departments on campus, different buildings, and what campus life is like,” said Alessandra Akers, the iVamos! program coordinator for UNC Asheville’s Office of Pre-College Outreach. “We really enjoy being able to bring them on campus and showing them what it’s like to be here at UNC Asheville.”

It’s part of the ongoing programming offered by iVamos!, which includes weekly tutoring sessions with UNC Asheville students throughout the academic year, field trips, and bilingual family engagement nights. Combined with the summer camp, it all comes together to show our community’s Latinx students that 

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Originally published July 25, 2019.