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WKU ISEC and Admissions host We C U at WKU for interested high school students

Ian Pitchford
Dr. Martha Sales, Dean Of Students and Assistant President for Student Life, talks to potential incoming freshman, parents, and guardians during the We C U event at Downing Student Union on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023.

WKU Admissions and ISEC hosted incoming highschool students for an immersive display of diversity on campus. 

The event took place on the third floor of the Downing Student Union and was held on Thursday, Sept. 28, catered towards students from Kentucky and Tennessee high schools, Kiria Brayden, ISEC student support specialist, said. While the organizations focused mainly on multicultural aspects of WKU, all interested students were welcome to attend. 

“We help [students] become successful and give them resources that they can use from the time they step on campus from the time they wall of stage,” Brayden said. 

ISEC and other organizations gave incoming students resources on how to become a WKU Hilltopper, and various resources for multicultural students, Brayden said. 

At the event, there were tables set up for the various colleges that WKU has, including Potter College of Arts and Letters and Gordon Ford College of Business, along with the Mahurin Honors College, WKU Admissions, and WKU F1rst Gen. High school students had the opportunity to chat with representatives and current students about their WKU experience and to learn more about the diversity the university has. 

Trying to make WKU a more diverse area in a predominantly white school was a positive outcome of the event, Brandon Brion, a sophomore biology, Chinese and Asian religions and cultures major,  said. 

Brion explained how he was happy to see other races and ethnicities being interested in joining the WKU community and connecting with current students. 

“The main goal of this event is to show prospective minority, underrepresented students a campus that WKU has inclusion and belonging on campus,” Taryn Calloway, admissions counselor, said.

For future events, Calloway said that she would like to see more departments on campus to be involved. 

“We can show students and families that this is an inclusive university, in that they’re respected and supported by all departments on campus,” Calloway said.

Staff photographer Ian Pitchford can be reached at [email protected].

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