Q: What is the mission of Fisk University’s Mini College?
A: Mini-College is a six-week, summer program designed to broaden the academic and cultural experiences of children aged seven to twelve. Most of our students attend Nashville-area schools and many of them have gone on to study some of the people and places during the school year that they were first introduced to during our summer sessions.
Q: How many summers has Fisk University held the mini college?
A: 2008 marks the 29th summer that Fisk has provided the program.
Q: What academic and extra-curricular opportunities are offered?
A: Our students take courses in math, music, art, literature, African American History, speech, drama, dance as well as the history of Fisk and Nashville. Most of our instructors are either alumni or currently teach at Fisk.
Q: Have any mini-college goers gone on to become Fiskites? If so, how have the students indicated that mini-college affected their decision to attend Fisk?
A: We have four or five current students at Fisk. In the class of 2008, four graduates had attended the Fisk University Mini College. I had the opportunity to speak with one of the recent graduates and he mentioned to me that he still remembered and cherished his experiences in our program. We hope that exposing students to our campus at an early age will give them the hunger to learn more about college and introduce them to the legacy of Fisk University.
Q: How many students are enrolled in the mini-college?
A: Our current enrollment is at 66 students. Currently, Fisk’s Mini-College is a self-supported effort and our enrollment continues to grow.
Q: What value do your student counselors add to the program?
A: Our counselors are comprised of one recent Fisk graduate and three are currently enrolled at Fisk. They are excellent and they inspire our students and help us additionally with coordinating our peer pals. Peer pals are pre-teen and teen volunteers from our area that are closer in age to our students, and they assist us with organization and supervision. For many of our peer pals, Fisk’s Mini-College serves as their first volunteer opportunity and provides the foundation for leadership and future responsibilities.
Q: How has Mini College grown over the years and what continues to make it special?
A: Ingrid Collier, director of Fisk’s Trio Programs, had the original vision for Fisk’s Mini-College. Throughout our history, the Mini-College has remained rewarding to all involved. Young parents, who were once our students, are now enrolling their children and assisting us with spreading the word about our program. Many of our summer campus visitors are also commenting that programs like these do not exist in their area, and that we serve an important purpose.
Fisk’s Mini College Finale will feature dance, music and drama performances and will be held on July 10, 2008 at 7 p.m. in Fisk’s Memorial Chapel. All are invited to attend. For more information on Fisk University’s Mini-College, call 615-329-8646.