Student Achievement Initiatives

The mission of the Student Achievement Initiatives office is to inform faculty and staff of who our students are, identify student needs, and identify best practices to support students.

Our goal is to identify achievement gaps and improve equitable student outcomes.

Some of the initiatives we support are:

The Seahawk Summer Academy (SSA) is Broward College’s summer bridge program designed for First Time in College (FTIC) students. The purpose of this program is to help students transition from high school to college and get a head start in their college career. SSA was inspired by the Guided Pathways model, implemented at-scale, and composed of high-impact practices.

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The Minority Male Initiative focuses on expanding the minority male pipeline, improving persistence and retention rates, and supporting completion goals. It does so through a framework that encompasses mentorship, professional development, community and student engagement, and by creating a pipeline to college.

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BC Pride provides support to the college's LGBTQIA community through education and fostering a culture of inclusion. The members of BC Pride work towards educating and supporting Broward College faculty, staff, administrators and students to better understand the needs of the Broward College LGBTQIA community. Our goal is to raise awareness and provide support for the LGBTQIA population at the college.

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Broward College partnered with PeerForward (first partnership of its kind in the country) and AmeriCorps to launch a comprehensive leadership and mentoring program. As part of this program, Broward College students are trained and coached by PeerForward. Students then become Peer Leaders who support their fellow students each step of the way to complete their degree and reach their academic goals. In addition, Peer Leaders become Americorps members and receive all the benefits associated with being a member of this prestigious and long-standing national organization.

A second component of the program is mentoring by faculty. Faculty are matched with peer mentors in their pathway and create goals for the academic year. Faculty connect with peer mentors throughout the academic year.

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Contact Us

Esmeralda Sweeney | Associate Vice President | esweeney@broward.edu | 954-201-8129
Farah Pierre | Director | fpierre1@broward.edu | 954-201-8412
Ana Cowo | Director | acowo@broward.edu | 954-201-8433
Natasha Colon | Admin. Assistant | ncolon@broward.edu | 954-201-8056