Summer Bridge Voyages
The Voyages program at Pacific is a long-standing, highly successful pre-semester bonding adventure program for incoming first-year students, allowing them to select from among as many as a dozen five-day outdoor or urban adventures, most limited to six to 10 student participants and led by two trained facilitators. These adventures are intentionally designed to help students build bonds with one another and increase their confidence in meeting the challenges of their new college environment.
Unfortunately, first-generation students participate at a disproportionately low rate (11% vs. 21% of each new freshman class), and equally few low-income students participate (between six and 11 each year).
In order to provide this important summer bridge experience to more disadvantaged students, Pacific will provide subsidized access for students meeting low-income, first-generation and/or underrepresented ethnicity criteria, covering the travel costs except for a $50 deposit to incentivize student follow-through. Students meeting eligibility criteria will be invited to apply for the cost waiver, with priority given to students with multi-factor disadvantages.
To receive the fee waiver students must also enroll in the first semester College Success course and thus continue into the semester as part of the learning community established in the Voyages program.
To support extended access by disadvantaged students to Outdoor Pursuits, Pacific will use grant funds to build an outdoor clothing library as well as cover the expenses of training five low-income student leaders each year, many of whom will also be students of color whose leadership roles will in turn inspire greater diversity of participation beyond the Voyages introduction.