SFU hosts summer camp for Aboriginal students
From July 4-29, the Simon Fraser University Academic Summer Camp for Aboriginal Students will host 26 Aboriginal students from Grades 9 to 11. They come from 17 Nations including Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Kamloops, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Port Moody, Richmond and Bella Bella.
“Our main objective is to help Aboriginal students feel empowered and to realize that the University is a place for them,” says Veselin Jungic, the camp’s director and a professor and associate chair in math.
“Providing a more solid foundation in mathematics, science and English increases Aboriginal student participation, retention and high school graduation rates, and prepares them for admission and success in post-secondary institutions,” he says.
Students start the day with classes in math, science and English. Afternoon activities feature drum building, voice and storytelling workshops, field trips, sports, and recreation activities.
The free camp is organized and supported by the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences, the Faculty of Science, the Office for Aboriginal Peoples, the Indigenous Student Centre, the SFU Teaching and Learning Centre, the Department of Mathematics, and the IRMACS Centre. The NSERC PromoScience Program is also a contributor.
- Thursday, July 7, 2016
- 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- The Trottier Studio for Innovative Science Education Opening
- C 9051, Chemistry Wing, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby
There will be an opportunity to interview, film and photograph students during a drum-building workshop. Veselin Jungic is also available for interviews.
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Ian Bryce, University Communications, 604.773.8134, [email protected]
Veselin Jungic, Associate Chair, Mathematics, 778.782.3340, [email protected]