For three years I served as Director of the Barrett SWAT Team, based at Barrett, The Honors College’s Downtown Phoenix Campus. SWAT stands for Supporting, Welcoming and Assisting Transfers.
As co-founder of this effort, it was our mission to recruit incoming Barrett transfer students from community colleges, and to support them on their journey at Arizona State University’s Barrett, The Honors College via meetings, educational opportunities and events.
I was responsible for coordinating all communication, leading meetings and events, representing SWAT in the community, and developing the future of the organization. Since helping launch SWAT in October 2012, we made connections with community colleges, mentored incoming students and delivered programming to help them in pursuing various educational and professional ventures. Our intention was to inform students considering transferring to Arizona State University of Barrett’s benefits. Once they came in Barrett students, we served as a support team and provided assistance, mentoring and social/educational activities.
During our first year, the team and I spoke to honors students and Phi Theta Kappa members at Scottsdale Community College, as well as attendees at the All-Arizona Academic Team Dinner at Arizona State University on Feb 28, 2013. We distributed the Barrett message and generated great interest in applying to Barrett.
On April 11, 2013, SWAT spoke to members and officers of Mesa Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter, Omicron Beta. Several dozen individuals attended and their interest in Barrett was indicated by our survey results, extremely positive in data and in comments. Toward the end of the presentation, one student said to the audience that this lecture changed his perception about Barrett, and now he was interested in applying. This student, among others we talked to, later became Barrett students themselves.
Other opportunities for the Barrett SWAT Team and transfer students included:
Special programming (guest speakers, who have focused their presentations on scholarships, internships, study abroad and research)
Bowling Night (a fun social for transfers to connect with one another, and bring their family members, too)
Game Night (a social for transfers, their family members and friends to play board games)
PTK Dinner panelists (Other Barrett SWAT Team members and I spoke as part of a Barrett transfer student panel at a Phi Theta Kappa Dinner at ASU)
Phoenix College event (we shared our presentation to Honors students)
Mesa Community College – Red Mountain event (we shared our presentation to Honors students)
All-Arizona Academic Team Dinner at ASU (I participated on a transfer student panel, in addition my main student speech)
Clinton Global Initiative University (A fellow Barrett SWAT Team member and I were invited to attend the prestigious Clinton Global Initiative University, which gathers together student leaders and innovators from across the world to share their plans/ideas to make a difference – in our case, the Barrett SWAT Team helping transfer students)
Estrella Mountain Community College event (we shared our presentation to honors students)