Discover Texas Tech: K-12 Global Education Outreach
More than 20,000. That's the number of local students, teachers and community members who are impacted every year by the K-12 Global Education Outreach (GEO) programs at Texas Tech.
The mission of K-12 GEO is to foster cultural awareness and encourage the pursuit of higher education through programs, partnerships and outreach opportunities. Through its diverse offerings, K-12 GEO exposes students in kindergarten through 12th grade to different cultures while giving them a glimpse of what life is like in a university setting. The cultural outreach programming, including India's Diwali and China's Lunar New Year, is offered to all students free of charge.
"It's actually seen as sort of a liaison between the university and the local community," said Kelley Coleman, director of International Operations and Outreach. "Being able to expose them (students) to those things helps build those cultural competencies, builds cultural awareness (and) builds tolerance."