Annual one-day outreach program is dedicated to introducing individuals experiencing socioeconomic challenges to post-secondary education

February 23, 2010

DEARBORN / Feb. 23, 2010---The University of Michigan-Dearborn is gearing up to host its annual “On the Move: College is an Option!” event, a free one-day outreach program dedicated to introducing individuals experiencing socioeconomic challenges to post-secondary education.

“On the Move” will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16 at the campus’s Fairlane Center North Building, located off of Hubbard Drive.

Alumna Beverly Alexander, a division manager with the Detroit Recreation Department, will speak at the event along with current UM-Dearborn student Suzette Price, who participates in the campus’s Student Outreach and Academic Resources (SOAR) Program.

Alexander has the distinction of being the first graduate of UM-Dearborn’s SOAR program, formerly known as “Women on the Move: College is an Option.”  She also is a licensed and ordained minister who has devoted nearly 25 years working with high-risk girls and young women, inspiring them to overcome personal adversities.  A SOAR student, Price is a member of the Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program and serves as president of the Dearborn chapter of Student Veterans of America and co-commander-in-chief of the Student Veteran Association.

“On the Move offers both encouragement and practical advice for non-traditional prospective students seeking a pathway to begin or complete their college education,” according to Ellen Judge-Gonzalez, coordinator of the event and director of UM-Dearborn’s SOAR Program. “For 13 years, this outreach effort has brought together area universities, community colleges and human service organizations with one common goal--to improve the lives of those in our metropolitan area who need it most through access to education.”

Accompanied by volunteer mentors, participants attend a college course; hear a panel discussion of returning students who share their own college experiences; and receive information on how to apply for college, register for classes, and apply for financial aid and scholarships. Representatives from local colleges, universities, and community service organizations will staff informational tables.

The event is sponsored by UM-Dearborn’s Office of the Provost, UM-Dearborn’s Commission for Women, and the American Association of University Women, Dearborn branch.

Interested individuals may register either online at or by calling the SOAR office at 313-593-3960. Those interested in volunteering to mentor at the event may do so online at  The deadline to register as a participant or a mentor is Friday, March 12.


The University of Michigan-Dearborn does not necessarily endorse speakers’ views.

About University of Michigan-Dearborn
The University of Michigan-Dearborn is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout the 2009/2010 academic year. Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, UM-Dearborn has been distinguished by its commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities responsive to the needs of southeastern Michigan. The university has 8,700 students pursuing undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business, education, and public administration. With a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of interaction with business, government and industry in southeastern Michigan, and is committed to responding to the needs of the region in the future.


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