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2A.4: Attention to Function in a Multicultural Society
Sauk has a long history of sponsoring multicultural activities and of offering classes in English as a Second Language (ESL). Also, the proportion of minority students at Sauk is roughly twice their proportion in the local population: In 2009, minorities comprised only 7.6% of the district’s population, but 15.7% of the student body.
The FY07 Strategic Plan only generally connected Sauk’s role in a multicultural society to the mission commitment as it addresses the many “diverse needs” of students and the community. In the preparation of the FY11 Strategic Plan, however, the demographics of Sauk’s district residents were examined as a part of the environmental scan. In response to these demographics, Sauk committed to increased minority recruitment efforts (Objective 3.6) and obtaining additional information about community needs (Objective 4.1). These objectives direct Sauk to continue to maintain and expand initiatives to recruit Hispanic and other minority students to campus and to provide support services:
- The Cross-Cultural Coordinator, a position which has existed under several different titles at the college since the mid-1990s, has recently been expanded from recruiting only Hispanic students and assisting them with the transition to college, to recruiting and assisting students from all minority groups. This expansion demonstrates a greater commitment to serving minorities.
- Families United for a Strong Education (FUSE) provides Hispanic families with family-oriented educational activities. FUSE has partnered with the Whiteside County Health Department to promote a health workshop and non-traditional occupations for Hispanic mothers and daughters. The FUSE program continues to grow through student referrals.
- Student Support Services, a Trio grant program, has existed at Sauk since 1984 and has received a commitment to continued funding through 2015. The program serves 200 students a year, recruited from the existing student population. About 25% of the low-income or first-generation college students in the program are also minority students.