Student Access and Success
We recognized the need to make a Lehigh education accessible to a broader spectrum of students.
Under the direction of our Vice President for Equity and Community, Lehigh has created a new position of Director for Student Access and Success to champion Lehigh’s efforts to expand access to the university for underrepresented groups with a focus on first generation and lower-income students and to ensure that a support system is in place, which enables these students to have an enriching and successful Lehigh experience. We recognize that far too many gifted and highly qualified students don’t seek admission to institutions like Lehigh because they don’t believe the opportunity is there. They need our support throughout their time here as well.
Our Student Access and Success programming will also ensure that these students have access to high-impact experiential learning opportunities. That is why Student Access and Success partnered with our Office of International Affairs to create Passport to Success, a program to help our students pursue academic opportunities beyond campus. The program will provide students with free passports, educational trips, study abroad scholarships and personal mentoring.
To date, more than 150 students are supported through Student Access and Success with 15 who have received free passports through Passport to Success.
I’m delighted to be a part of President’s Circle of CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion and to learn what the work colleagues across the country are doing to improve campus communities and business organizations through effective diversity and inclusion efforts.