During our last class, we watched a trailer created for the EOP. I also had the opportunity to watch the whole documentary on EOP, which commemorates the program’s 45th anniversary. After watching these two videos, I began to fully understand what EOP was.
The EOP is an academic program that motivates and enables low-income and first generation students, whose parents do not have a baccalaureate degree, to enter and succeed in higher education. It was established in 1969 during a time of racial unrest and under pressure from the students.
The EOP program consists of three different projects. The first project is known as the Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science UBMS. The mission of this project is to assist and educate low-income and first generation high school freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors in their goal of becoming college graduates. The second project is known as the Student Support Services. This program enrolls eligible students who show potential for success at Marquette and offers a network of supportive services, financial aid assistance and tutoring, among others. The third project for the EOP is known as the Ronald E. McNair Scholars. The purpose of this project is to prepare eligible students for graduate school.
The purpose of our journalism class discussion is to try to create a final project that somehow imitates CNN’s project The Undecided. This project makes use of different artifacts from specific individuals to tell their story and create an image of how their lives were impacted by these different artifacts. When you click on of the artifacts, it provides a short story about the individual and their relationship with the artifact chosen. The use of these different images resembling artifacts is more of an interactive way to present the individual’s lives rather than using simple words. Images are more attractive to the eyes of readers and are something to keep in mind when making our final project for class.
Students will be able to profile seven different people that have had some type of connection to EOP. The class decided that it was best to interview a person for a different decade in order to understand the different scenarios that were presented for each different decade. These different individuals should be interviewed and caught in action while doing what they do for a living. We know that EOP helped them and therefore, it would be interesting to know how are they giving out to the community too.
The use of photos and videos as well as social media will be crucial for our project. It would be interesting to see if some of the individuals that are interviewed have old videos or pictures of their time at Marquette and in the EOP, and have them share those with us. Twitter will also be an important tool in order to create an excellent final project. I believe that creating two different hash tags would be great. The first hash tag will tell the world of our project and how it’s in development. The second hash tag will be the official hash tag for the final project that people will follow in order to learn more of our project.
These are some of the ideas I believe would help the students create an excellent final project while engaging with the rest of the world. I believe that, with my ideas and the ideas of the rest of the 13 students, we can create a final project that will put #loweclass out there for others to see.