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UO English Participates in SAIL 2015

Jul 3, 2015Aug 18, 2015

cropped-Eng-Journ-GROUP-PIC-2-1tp4vhrOnce again, UO English will participate in UO’s Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL). Organized by Dr. Veronica Alfano and department head, David Vázquez, UO English will host local high school seniors who came to campus for a week to hone their writing skills and prepare for the college essay and application process.Students will start each day with personal/career development sessions–speakers from OSAC/ASPIRE, UO Admissions, and LCC Admissions & Financial Aid. As members of the English camp, students will hear from UO English and Journalism school faculty and work on brainstorming, writing, and polishing personal essays; they’ll also get an overview of English as a field of study. On the final day, students will meet individually with UO English faculty volunteers to discuss their college essays. SAIL staff will follow up with seniors this year with the hope that some of these campers will make their way to UO next year – and perhaps to the English department as well.

SAIL is a University of Oregon program led by faculty who volunteer their time to increase the number of low-income students enrolling and succeeding in college. Founded in 2005 as a weeklong economics camp for 15 students, SAIL now has eight faculty-led summer camps with 150 students. The program is free and gives students information and personal experience with the college campus, including seminars on admissions and financial aid. The program’s goal is for students to finish four years of SAIL and have the tools to succeed in higher education.

Learn more about the sail program by visiting the program’s website at

Thank you, UO English SAIL faculty: Veronica Alfano, Stephanie Clark, Michael Copperman, and Derek Moscato (School of Journalism).