Cathy Liebowitz '15
Student Director of CCESP Nicaragua
Major: Environmental Studies
Hometown: Plainfield, NHRead the full interview
The Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD) program was created as the result of collaboration between the William Jewett Tucker Foundation, Dartmouth's center for service, spirituality, and social justice, and the college's Department of Education. This initiative is underwritten by partial grants from the Mary and William Barnet II '34 Family Fund Endowment and the Bildner Endowment.
The 2004 SEAD students
Founded in 2001, SEAD was designed for pre-college teens from under-resourced urban and rural high schools. Initially, ten students each were invited from three communities: Mascoma High School in Enfield, NH, Dorchester High School in Boston, MA, and Philadelphia Futures, a program in Philadelphia, PA that draws from several schools in the area. The group came from a diverse set of backgrounds. A total of 29 students attended the pilot program in the summer of 2001.
The first summer of SEAD saw students improving their skills in math, English and computer science as well as participating in weekend trips into New Hampshire's White Mountains. After a successful initial summer, the program was expanded to include a second year with a focus on leadership and research skills and a third year with a focus on preparation for the college application process. Students who completed the first year were invited back for the second year and those who completed the second year program were invited back for the third.
When the SEAD program began in 2001, only 5 members of the original class had college aspirations. After completing three years with SEAD, all 19 graduating members applied to college.
Since 2004, over one third of Dartmouth students have been directly involved with SEAD in various capacities. Since its first summer in 2001, SEAD has involved over 500 Dartmouth sophomores who are on campus for their sophomore summer. The Dartmouth sophomores take on many roles ranging from being paired with SEAD students as mentors to planning for meals and daily activities.
The 2006 SEAD students
Last Updated: 9/18/12