This week, over 570 fifth and sixth grade students from eleven West Valley City schools participated in the Utah Cultural Celebration Center’s University Diversity Mash-Up. This after school program is designed to inspire students to dream big, think about what kind of career they may want in the future, and to explore options in higher education that will get them there. The program lasts 90 minutes and consists of three mashup stations where students learn about the value of higher education, different types of certificates and degrees, and “try out” different fields through interactive, hands-on activities.
The purpose of the University Diversity Mash-Up is to help build a college-bound culture in West Valley City, where educational attainment continues to lag behind both the county and state statistics. Now in its eighth year, the University Diversity Mash-Up works to have a positive impact on long-term statistics, increase the rates of high school graduation, and pursuit of higher education. This educational program also cultivates unique relationships with other educational organizations and institutions including Salt Lake Community College, the University of Utah, Westminster College, UVU Women’s Leadership Project, WVC Youth City Council, and the Community Education Partnership of WVC.
To learn more about the University Diversity Mash-Up and other educational programs at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center at https://www.culturalcelebration.org/education.html.