Our Programs & Initiatives
The Office for Access, Equity & Achievement will serve as an ambassador to underrepresented students and as liaison to the academic community, be visible and accessible, foster personal communication and interaction with students, advocate for student needs and rights, and demonstrate a commitment to diversity. For more information on how students can utilize these services, feel free to contact any of the programs listed in the drop-down list below:
The Access Center provides accommodations and services to incoming and current WSU students with disabilities, psychological or medical conditions, or temporary injuries that limit their access to the educational environment. Some examples of the accommodations and services we provide are testing accommodations (reduced distraction testing environment, extended time, etc.), note-taking, alternative print media, and time management or organizational skill development.
College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
Phone: (509) 335-4503
The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is a federally funded program designed to support students from migrant and seasonal farm-worker backgrounds during their freshman year in college. CAMP is specifically designed to identify, recruit, and monitor the academic achievement and retention of migrant students. The program provides eligible students with both financial and academic support. For more information about CAMP visit camp.wsu.edu.
First Generation Abroad
First-Generation Abroad / 1st Gen Abroad is a study abroad experience for first-generation college students. Students have the opportunity to take course work abroad and earn foreign language and UCORE credits. First-Generation program advisors work alongside students throughout the entire process to ensure they obtain the global competency skills that employers value. Students receive assistance applying for competitive travel scholarships, participate in service-learning projects, and network with other first-generation college students. To learn more about 1st Gen Abroad, visit: http://firstabroad.wsu.edu/
First Scholars Program
First Scholars™ is a comprehensive program that supports first-generation college students and assists them in completing their college degrees. First Scholars delivers multiple levels of support, including a full-time program coordinator and peer mentors to augment existing university services. The program is open to incoming first-time, full-time freshmen whose parents did not attend college. Selected students receive personalized support and an annual award of $5,000, which is renewable for a total award of $20,000 over 4 years. For more information about the First Scholars program at WSU visit first.wsu.edu.
High School Equivalency Program (HEP)
The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) is administered by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education. The sole purpose of HEP is to assist migrant and seasonal farmworkers and members of their immediate family obtain a general education diploma (GED) that meets the guidelines for high school equivalency. Eligible participants of the HEP program are provided with a variety of resources and services such as room and board, GED instruction in English and Spanish, books and school supplies, and much more. After completion of the GED, HEP helps participants with placement options for improved employment, vocational training, or admittance into an institution of higher education (IHE) or other postsecondary education. For more information about HEP, visit hep.wsu.edu.
Lead the Legacy Program
Phone: (509) 335-3167
Lead the Legacy is a residence hall program designed to support first-generation college students in their transition to WSU. Participation is free, and students will have access to academic and career workshops, a First Generation Academic Coach, and other resources to help students grow as campus and community leaders. To learn more about the Lead the Legacy Program, visit: http://first.wsu.edu/lead-the-legacy/.
Multicultural Student Services (MSS)
The Office of Multicultural Student Services (MSS) seeks to facilitate the best undergraduate experience for multicultural students through the provision of culturally relevant programs and services that foster their successful transition, adjustment, persistence, achievement, and graduation. MSS offers a variety of resources such as the Academic Enrichment Center, Mentoring Programs, Intercultural Collaboration and Leadership Development (ICLD), and a computer lab. For more information about MSS and the rest of the resources available through MSS visit mss.wsu.edu.
Smart Start Program
The Smart Start Program (SSP) is a retention initiative under the office of Multicultural Student Services designed to facilitate the successful transition and retention of first generation and other underrepresented students during their first year at the university. Students who actively participate in this program will have the skills to succeed and graduate from Washington State University. SSP offers a variety of services and resources, including expert counselors, free tutoring and computer lab access, educational workshops, and the "Smart Start Engagement" scholarship for selected students. For more information about the Smart Start Program, visit smartstart.wsu.edu.
TRIO Student Support Services (SSS)
Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally-funded TRIO program. It provides opportunities for academic development, assists students in meeting basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their postsecondary education. SSS provides a wide range of valuable services and resources for students in the program, including academic advising and tutoring, career guidance, college success workshops, priority class registration, SSS scholarships, a food and clothing bank, a computer lab with printing access, and much more. To learn more about SSS visit sssp.wsu.edu.
TRIO Upward Bound
WSU Upward Bound programs are funded through the US Department of Education in order to help prepare and motivate low-income, first-generation high school students to succesfully pursue a college education. Upward Bound works with students who are low income, or who would potentially be the first in their family to earn a four-year college degree or who need academic support in order to achieve their goal of post secondary education. Upward Bound offers an academically challenging year-round program, including tutorial services, monthly workshops, a local and residential summer program, college visitations, career advising, and assistance in applying for financial aid and college admission. For more information visit collegebound.wsu.edu/upward-bound.