By Marissa Lee
On October 23, 2016, a special group of high school students attended the My Campus event at Loma Linda University. For the first time since the start of the My Campus quarterly events, ten students from the Desert Highland Gateway Community located in Northern Palm Springs were welcomed by the Institute for Community Partnerships (ICP).
Stemming from community-engaged research including the recent Youth-at-Risk Assessment in the Desert Highland Gateway Community, ICP invited 10 high school students from this historically marginalized community to the My Campus event. For most of them, this event was the first time they had ever stepped foot in Loma Linda, CA.
A few days before the My Campus event, ICP hosted an orientation of Loma Linda University Schools of Allied and Public Health. “I’ve never heard about that before” was the response of many of the students when learning about some of the unique professions in these two schools.
The My Campus event included tours of the Schools of Allied and Public Health, faculty and student speakers representing various concentrations, dinner and speed mentoring with current students. The highlight for most of the students was being able to meet so many diverse professionals during the speed mentoring sessions. Other students were inspired by the global experiences of service and work afforded to health professionals shared by the keynote speakers.
Many of the students were interested in medical related areas including surgery, nursing, and pediatrics, while other students were interested in psychology and criminal justice. These students were thrilled to discover the interdisciplinary scope of Loma Linda University’s various schools and are already looking forward to attending future My Campus events.
The presence and enthusiasm of this special group of high school students expanded the My Campus experience and is a tangible expression of ICP’s commitment to the future success of Loma Linda’s neighboring communities through community engaged research and pipeline programs.