University of Vermont

The Mosaic Center for Students of Color
SESP 2015 Summer Enrichment Scholars Program

Summer Enrichment Scholars Program

The Summer Enrichment Scholars Program (SESP) is created by the Mosaic Center for Students of Color (MCSC) at the University of Vermont. The MCSC's mission is to increase the retention of students of color on campus by providing holistic support of their academic achievement, personal growth, identity formation, and cultural development.


What is SESP?

SESP is a FREE summer bridge program offered to incoming UVM first-year students of color, first-generation college students, and students with limited income. SESP provides the opportunity for students to adjust to their new environment and address the challenges they will potentially face during their transition from high school to college. It is brought to you by the Mosaic Center for Students of Color (MCSC). Learn more.

Program Features

  • Earn college credit: Take a 3-credit college class.
  • Make friends: Live in a residence hall and get to know a cohort of first-year students
  • Build community: Learn from and interact with student leaders and staff at UVM
  • Earn money: Gain work experience with a campus department and receive a stipend
  • Give back: Volunteer and connect with a local community organization
  • Explore Vermont: Paticipate in various fun and outdoor activities, and see what Vermont has to offer
  • Additional opportunities to develop academic and leadership skills throughout your first year
  • All of our programs and services are FREE

Who attends SESP?

SESP participants claim identities from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. In the past, individuals have come from as close as rural Vermont, New York City, and Boston, and as far away as California, Puerto Rico, and Cameroon. They bring experiences and talents to share in their new community at UVM. You can expect your SESP experience to increase your awareness and understanding of various cultures, customs, and languages.

Why attend SESP?

  • More than 90% of SESP students can identify a campus resource to assist them in dropping a course or changing their schedule
  • 70% of SESP students become involved in co-curricular activities across campus
  • More than 80% of SESP students believe racial and/or ethnic diversity is important to them

Hear from past SESP participants:

It definitely prepared me for my transition to college. The experience allowed for me to be more confident about coming and starting school. I also got to meet and work with so many different people and communities and that was a very satisfying and life changing opportunity. If I had not participated in SESP, I don't think I would be where I am at this point. --SESP '16 participant

Living with my peers during SESP allowed for me to experience living with many different types of people with different identities and personalities. It prepared me for living in the actual dormitory at UVM. It's taught me to be very open minded. --SESP '16 participant

When is SESP?

SESP 2017  will run from July 6, 2017 to August 5, 2017
SESP participants must be available for the entire duration of the program in order to participate.


Applications will close on Monday, May 8, 2017.
You must be first admitted into UVM and have paid your deposit to apply to SESP.

For more information:

Contact Rezwana Zafar, SESP Program Director or call 802-656-1250


Be part of the SESP team (for current UVM students)

Apply to be a Co-Coordinator Deadline to apply to be a Co-Coordinator: Friday, February 17 @ 8am
Apply to be a Peer Advisor Deadline to apply to be a Peer Advisor: Friday, February 24 @ 8am

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