This summer, the Student Orientation and Retention office will offer its 2nd annual bilingual START program to serve the region’s growing Hispanic population.
“START bilingue,” set for July 9-10, will be offered to first-year OSU students and their parents, said Kris Winter, director of the university’s Student Orientation and Retention program.
The summer advising, registration and orientation program is designed to welcome families to the university and provide tools to assure students get a successful start in college life.
“This is a special offering paired with a general orientation session,” Winter said. “We will be holding an orientation program on campus for first-year students, and START bilingue is an extension of that program to meet the needs of some of our student population.
“Obviously, our students speak English, but START bilingue will present a number of relevant parent sessions in Spanish, as well as provide translation for keynote speakers,” Winter said.
Bilingual guided tours of campus will be offered and staff and faculty members will present information about their departments in Spanish.
“We want to make sure we are taking care of families as well as students,” Winter said.
“For many Latino families it is hard to let their children move away from home to attend a university. I believe that one of the main reasons for the hesitation is because they are left out of the loop and do not understand the process. With the Summer Start Program being in Spanish, this will alleviate some of their concerns and parents will understand the process.” said Melinda Veliz, Woodburn High School Community Schools Outreach Coordinator of the inagural program.
The parent/family portion of this program will be offered in both English and Spanish (La parte para la familia estarÃ¡ en inglÃ©s y espaÃ±ol).