DUNBAR PARTNERS WITH HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS FOR SCIENCE CAMP


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 20, 2005
CONTACT: Julie Toland, julie.toland@ttuhsc.edu


LUBBOCK – The Dunbar Junior High Math and Science Academy has partnered with the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to host a week-long summer science camp June 27-July 1.

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs hopes to further strengthen its Health Science Exploration Program, an initiative to create interest and awareness in the health sciences for children in grades kindergarten through 12th. Twenty-five Dunbar students will be welcomed to campus to experience its world-class facilities and work with students, faculty and staff from the schools of Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.

Camp organizers Dana Owens, science and engineering instructor at Dunbar, and Richard Anthony Baker, director of outreach and enrichment programs for the Health Sciences Center, planned the event in the hope that it will entice students to the fascinating world of science and higher education. “It’s an invaluable partnership,” Baker said, noting that this is the first time the Health Sciences Center will have the opportunity to be a part of Dunbar’s summer science camp.

The student campers will spend two days at Dunbar Junior High School, and will be on the Health Sciences Center campus all day June 30. The students also will participate in several field trips.

The Health Science Exploration Program is a collaborative partnership between 19 community entities to increase educational opportunities for disadvantaged and underrepresented minorities.

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Source: Richard Anthony Baker, director for outreach and enrichment programs, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, at (806) 743-1526 or rich.baker@ttuhsc.edu.