Social Sciences Symposium Gives Local High School Students Glimpse into College Life
Nearly 100 students from six Howard County public high schools recently gathered at Howard Community College (HCC) for a series of engaging presentations from the college’s social sciences faculty. The event is designed to give prospective students a glimpse into college level social sciences studies and to tour HCC’s campus.
Presentations by HCC faculty ranged from “How Does the Constitution Protect You?” by Evelyn Del Rosario to “Race, Ethnicity, and Culture: Diversity All Around Us” by Mary Ann Massoglia.
This was the second year for the symposium, said Hanael Bianchi, associate professor of history and chair of the history and economics department at HCC. The county’s remaining six public high schools attended last year’s event, which was a big success.
“The students had an overwhelming positive reaction to the presentations,” he said.
Bianchi said many of the students attending the event would be the first in their family to attend college.
“Teachers encourage first-generation students to participate, as this event is an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of what college is,” he said. “It is also a way to introduce students to social sciences at a deeper level. Subjects such as psychology and sociology are topics they may not have studied before. For faculty, this event is a chance to present on areas of the social sciences where they have a real passion or interest. It is a win-win for everyone.”
The event is part of a wider collaboration between the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) and HCC.
“Our goal is to provide a window into the college experience for interested students, and to allow them to see opportunities that history and the social sciences can afford,” said Mark J. Stout, Ph.D., curriculum coordinator of advanced placement and secondary studies at HCPSS.