Institute Encourages Native American Students
July 18, 2008
By: Leslie Cranford
On-campus activities will promote college to prospective high schoolers.
The Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center promotes cultural and educational
programs that celebrate, embrace and enhance the Texas Tech experience. This dancer
from the Comanche Nation performed at a previous event.
Texas Tech University will host the Native American Summer Bridge Institute (NASBI)
July 20-25 on the Texas Tech campus. The program accepts students of Native American
heritage in West Texas who are entering their junior year of high school.
The institute is designed to introduce incoming juniors to activities and resources
available to students interested in attending college, bridging the transition from
high school. The institute features college academic courses and campus life activities,
as well as tours of Texas Tech, the Ranching Heritage Center and the Lubbock Lake
Landmark. Participants receive housing, meals and all other materials at no cost.
Students participating in the week-long institute will live on campus. The program
is free of charge and travel to Texas Tech University was paid by the institute.
Students participating in NASBI are representing the Zuni, Wichita, Jemez Pueblo,
Mescalero, Kiowa, Navajo and Cochiti Pueblo.
"The Native American Summer Bridge Institute introduces students to college life,
academics and resources available to help high school students as they begin to prepare
for college - and to help them understand that college is possible," said Jobi Martinez,
director of the Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center. "Staying on campus is
important because they have the opportunity to meet new people and explore Texas Tech."
The institute is organized by faculty and staff members that coordinate the university's
American Indian/Native American activities. Parents and elders also are welcome to
participate at no cost.
For more information, contact the Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center at (806)
742-8681 or visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/diversity
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