Texas Tech University


gear up

In March 2017, thirty students from Estacado High School who are part of the GEAR UP program visited Tech at the request of their advisor, Nichole Gonzalez, for a one-hour immersion in what the humanities might hold for them as future college students. GEAR UP is an acronym for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. Fourteen Tech professors did deft and dynamic 90-second introductions to their respective areas of expertise to give the students mini-tastes of what they might experience in humanities courses at TTU.  Over lunch, the professors visited the students' tables in four-minute rounds of "academic speed dating," during which the teens were encouraged to ask (and ask quickly!) anything on their minds about the presentations, academic departments, and coursework. Staff members from Tech's Division of  Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement (IDEAL) along with Dr. Paul Frazier, Associate Vice President for IDEAL, also met with students during lunch. Pictured above, are those GEAR UP students along with Humanities Center Director Dorothy Chansky (front left) and Humanities Center Associate Director Don Lavigne (front right). Photo by Justin Hughes


Humanities Center