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Diversity Student Leadership Camp hosts high school students from Allentown, Hazleton, Lancaster, W-B
Posted 06/26/2017 12:37PM

High school students from the Allentown, Lancaster, Hazleton and Wilkes-Barre areas participated in the 2017 Diversity Student Leadership Camp, under the direction of the Office of Multicultural Education at Misericordia University, in June. The camp focuses on multicultural and cross-cultural diversity experiences and provides direction for the college application process for high school students entering 10th, 11th and 12th grades.

The annual program addresses how to break down barriers to college access, including SAT and ACT preparation, and provides tips for understanding the college application process and the differences between grants, loans, financial aid and scholarships. It also provides a view of residence life on a college campus for resident and commuter students.

The Misericordia University campers also visited the Commission on Economic Opportunity's (CEO) Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Center for Health Living in Jenkins Township, which houses the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank. While at the facility, students participated in a hunger simulation. They received a budget and had to figure out how to afford to eat and feed their families, while also maintaining a 2,000-carlorie daily diet. Misericordia camp counselors acted as community agents – bank, grocery store, bus terminal, county assistance – and guided the students to receive benefits, if any.

Following the simulation, students and camp counselors worked together to assemble 280 boxes of nonperishable food items for distribution to senior citizens.

For more information about the 2018 Diversity Student Leadership Camp at Misericordia University, please contact Aguilar at (570) 674-6160 or e-mail her at


The Office of Multicultural Education at Misericordia University held the 2017 Diversity Student Leadership Camp in June. High school students participating in the annual program, first row from left, are, Jamie Autry, Lancaster, Pa.; Angela Rodriguez, Lancaster, Pa.; Jacky Mansour, Whitehall, Pa.; Yash Patel, Hazleton, Pa.; Le'June Berry, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Alexus Peacock, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Alex Miller, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; second row, Latifat Oseni, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Maimuna Gigo, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Maritza Jara, Hazleton, Pa.; Darylyn Pujols, Hazleton, Pa.; Erika Rodriguez, Hazleton, Pa.; Ileaqua Adams, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Isabel Colon, Lancaster, Pa.

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