In late May and early June, while most students were starting their internships or summer jobs, a group of Longhorns traveled to Beijing to learn about social entrepreneurship.
Coming from many different majors and walks of life, the group — more than half of them first-generation college students — volunteered at the Dandelion School for the children of migrant workers and explored how social entrepreneurship can be a way to solve social problems.
The Maymester program included classroom time focused on social entrepreneurship, Chinese language and culture, and lesson-planning for their teaching sessions at the Dandelion School. Students also conducted group research projects and presented during the last two weeks of the program.
“I am fulfilling my goal of making a difference in the lives of children through education, like a difference was made in mine,” said junior Veronica Jacquez, a first-generation college student.
The trip was coordinated by Leonard Moore, professor of history and associate vice president for Academic Diversity Initiatives, and Ge Chen, assistant vice president for Academic Diversity Initiatives in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement‘s Center for Academic Excellence and Giancarlo Taylor in the International Office.
Learn more about the trip on the DDCE blog.